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Mr. Giamela

Lonnie Giamela

Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Lonnie Giamela is a partner in both the Los Angeles and Irvine offices of Fisher & Phillips, LLP, one of the nation's older labor and employment law firms exclusively representing management. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage and hour compliance, employment policies and practices, fair employment and FMLA/CFRA compliance, litigation, supervisor training, mass layoff and independent contractor classification matters.

Mr. Giamela's practice also involves collective bargaining, defense of unfair labor practice charges, arbitrations, and representation of employers in union organizing campaigns.

Mr. Giamela's clients range from small businesses to national companies in all sectors of manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution, hospitality, education and the automotive industries. He has conducted more than 200 seminars to management, executives, human resources professionals and employer groups on a multitude of topics including fair employment, medical leaves, mass layoffs, FMLA/CFRA compliance, independent contractor classification matters and wage and hour compliance.

Mr. Giamela represents clients before state, appellate and federal courts as well as governmental agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Employment Development Department.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Giamela worked for United States Congressman James E. Rogan, the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Giamela is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Giamela can be contacted at 213-330-4454 or lgiamela@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.