With over 35 years of legal experience in the field of employment law, attorney David C. King has what it takes to represent your best interests and help you resolve your legal matter. My mission is to be direct and honest with each client about their legal options, and I take the time to listen carefully to the details of your situation so that I can help you determine the best path forward.

My legal practice handles a wide range of employment law matters, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, retaliation, family and medical leave/retaliation, pregnancy discrimination, wrongful employment termination, whistleblower matters, trade secrets, wage, and compensation claims, severance agreement review, and contract drafting and review.

Employment Discrimination

California and federal law prohibit discrimination in employment. If you’ve been discriminated against on the basis of your race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (40 and over), disability (mental and/or physical), sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, and military or veteran status, I can help.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is illegal. I represent employees who are harassed because of their sex. If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment, gender harassment, or harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, contact our office today.


California and federal law prohibit harassment in the workplace. I represent employees in cases where they have suffered unlawful harassment on the basis of their race, sex, age, physical disability, mental disability, national origin, religious creed, color, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Employees have a civil right to complain about or report instances of workplace discrimination or harassment to their employers or appropriate government agencies, such as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If you’ve suffered retaliation from your employer for exercising your civil rights, please contact our office.

Family and Medical Leave / Retaliation

California and federal law permit some employees to take unpaid leave for their own medical needs or to care for individual family members. If you have taken a family or medical leave and suffered retaliation, such as the termination of your employment, contact our office to discuss your rights. Suffering retaliation from your employer for asserting your rights to take family or medical leave is unjust, and you should contact our office to discuss your rights.

Pregnancy Discrimination

Employment discrimination against women who are pregnant is sex discrimination under both California and federal law. Pregnancy discrimination is defined as an act of discrimination because of or on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. In most situations, an employer must permit a female employee disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions to take a leave for a reasonable period of time and thereafter return to work. In some circumstances, an employer’s refusal to allow a female employee to return to work may constitute pregnancy discrimination. I represent employees in pregnancy discrimination cases.

Wrongful Employment Termination

While not all employment termination is illegal, there are certain circumstances where you may have the right to take legal action against your employer. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated from your place of employment, please telephone our office.


There are federal and state laws that are intended to protect whistleblowers who report their employers for violating the law. Unfortunately, some employers may retaliate against whistleblowers, leading to termination or other negative consequences. If you want to learn more about your obligations and rights as a whistleblower, contact our office to get started.

Trade Secrets

Many companies may allege that an employee has unlawfully shared their employer’s trade secrets or business-related information that is valuable and private. If you are involved in a trade secret dispute with your employer, get in touch with our office as soon as possible to explore your options for resolving this matter.

Wage and Compensation Claims

Your employer is obligated to compensate you fairly for your work. Sometimes, your employer may take advantage of you by preventing you from taking breaks for meals, denying you overtime wages, not allowing you to use paid sick leave, and other violations. I can work with you to assess the specifics of your case and advise you on the best path forward.

Severance Agreement Review

When an employer terminates their relationship with an employee, they often offer the departing employee a severance agreement. While many severance agreements provide the employee with some compensation, they often require the employee to forfeit their legal rights—which may not be in your best interest. If your employer has delivered you a severance agreement, I can review the document and ensure that it is fair.

Contract Drafting and Review

Contracts are the foundation of the business world. There are contracts delineating the terms of employment, the amount of compensation, the role of an independent contractor, and numerous other employment matters that are critical to establishing a working relationship between employer and employee. I can help you draft and review any employment-related contract to ensure that your best interests are protected.

For reliable and effective legal guidance regarding your employment law matter in  Northern California,  call the Law and Mediation Office of David C. King today at (707) 762-6385.

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