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Sharlene Meno’s practice focuses on all areas of labor and employment law and commercial litigation.  Ms. Meno represents local, regional, and national employers in a broad range of employment disputes, including wage and hour class actions, Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims, as well as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims.  Ms. Meno has experience in all stages of litigation, including discovery, motion practice, trial preparation, and appeals.

In addition to litigating, Ms. Meno also provides day-to-day preventative counseling regarding effective methods to avoid employment-related claims, hiring, discipline and termination practices, leaves of absences, the interactive process and reasonable accommodations, and preparation of employment handbook and personnel policies. She also assists employers with investigations of alleged harassment, discrimination, and other misconduct in the workplace.

Ms. Meno also has extensive experience defending employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and various other federal and state agencies.

Ms. Meno’s drive to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients stems from her unique background.  Ms. Meno has served in the United States Air Force as a Police Officer, Paralegal, and Judge Advocate General (JAG). She has served two tours to Iraq, one tour to Africa, and traveled to over 40 countries. She currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserve as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate assigned to 15th Wing, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Ms. Meno received her juris doctorate with honors from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she was Chair of the Moot Court Honors Board, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy, and Editor for the Business Law Journal. While in law school, she also clerked at a prominent Sacramento law firm. She also served as a certified law clerk for the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office where she made frequent courtroom appearances.

Practices

Publications

  • Client and Practice Management—Pro Tips for Young Lawyers - American Bar Association - June 1, 2019
  • Top Considerations for Workplace Investigations – March 5, 2019
  • #MeToo: Sexual Harassment in the Courtroom – February 5, 2019
  • Moving From #Metoo to #Allofus: Stopping Sexual Harassment by Redefining Workplace Culture – March 1, 2018
  • Tides Are Changing in the Swirling Pool of Tipping – October 1, 2017
  • Child Sexual Exploitation Compels a Multifaceted Analysis: Refining the Supply and Demand Approach – November 27, 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Nor Cal SHRM Legal Update: Conducting Internal Investigations – What To Do When Employees Don’t Play Nice in the Sandbox – January 26, 2018