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Mr. Mavros

John Mavros

Attorney at Law, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

John Mavros, Attorney at Law, is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Irvine office. His practice involves representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. His practice also involves representing employers against unpaid compensation claims, including unpaid minimum wages, overtime, meal/rest period premiums, vacation pay, and/or business expenses, on both an individual and class action basis. Mr. Mavros defends all types of businesses involved in civil litigation or arbitration. This includes defending claims brought before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE aka the Labor Board) and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Mr. Mavros' practice also includes preventative counseling. He regularly assists employers with employee handbook preparation, wage/hour audits, new hire policies, employee compensation plans, severance agreements, reductions in force, and day-to-day workforce issues. Mr. Mavros also conducts sexual harassment prevention training as mandated for all California employers by AB 1825. Mr. Mavros is known for being responsive to the needs of his clients and providing a high level of service that his clients can trust. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Mavros worked for a hotel management company that focused on revitalizing and restoring profitability for hotels and motels. Mr. Mavros' experience in this industry has allowed him to provide unique insights for his hospitality clients and to understand that customer service is a number one priority. Mr. Mavros is an active sponsor of the Asian American Hotel and Lodging Association (AAHOA) and the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association (AOCHLA). While in law school, he served on Chapman Law Review's Executive Board and served as an extern for the Honorable George P. Schiavelli of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, in Los Angeles.

Mr. Mavros can be contacted at 949-798-2134 or jmavros@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.