Labor & Employment in California
By: Steve Eggleston & Bernadette M. O’Brien
A renowned expert in U.S. & California employment and labor law, Steve’s non-fiction book, “Labor & Employment in California,” is published by global publisher Lexis Nexis. This is a popular legal practice book summarizing all federal and California labor and employment law. It has been updated and republished annually for 20+ years.
NON-FICTION…A Practice Guide on Federal and State Employment Law, including Sexual Harassment Claims
Turn back the pages to the late 1980s. My legal career is on fire and I’m quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with at the trial bar. Noted trial attorney Al Wohl and I had broken off from Wohl, Cinnamon & Hagedorn to form our own law practice, Wohl & Eggleston. My wife, Bernadette M. O’Brien, was an associate attorney with us and her father, the inimitable David O’Brien, was a retired UI and Worker’s Comp Appeals Judge who spent his time writing books and lecturing throughout the state.
Butterfield Publishing approached the Judge to write a comprehensive practice book on California labor and employment law, at both the federal and state level. The Judge declined the offer, saying he was too busy, but suggested, “my son-in-law and my daughter, who both graduated first in their class in law school. Steve is making his name as a trial lawyer in business and employment law, and my daughter has been working in my office since she could crawl. Why don’t you ask them to write the book?”
Nine months later in 1991 we published Labor and Employment in California: A Comprehensive Practice Book on Federal and State Employment Law under the Butterworth banner. The book hit the shelves and sold well, Butterworth was bought by Lexis Nexus, and ever year thereafter the book was updated by the biggest legal publisher in the world backing us. Following the release of the book, I remember doing a ton of seminars with Judge O’Brien, who would swear up and down to seeing Leprechauns as a child. It was a hoot but there’s one thing I’ll never forget.
Years after his daughter and I divorced – she was seeing another attorney behind my back, a lawyer I didn’t like by the name of Zack Smith – the Judge stopped me in the lobby in my San Francisco office. We had hired him as an expert in a case against Home Depot for disability discrimination. As the Judge and I waited for the elevator to arrive, he turned to me and said to my utter surprise and consolation: “Steve, you always were my favorite son-in-law.” I smiled and replied, “thanks, David, that means a lot coming from a guy with five daughters.”