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Menaka N. Fernando - San Francisco, CA

One California Street12th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111

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Updated: 04/29/2022

San Francisco Employment Law Lawyer

Overview

MENAKA N. FERNANDO is a partner at Outten & Golden’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Family Responsibilities & Disabilities Discrimination and Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Groups. Ms. Fernando represents individual employees in negotiation and litigation in a variety of employment matters including sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, family leave, and wage claims, among others...

MENAKA N. FERNANDO is a partner at Outten & Golden’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Family Responsibilities & Disabilities Discrimination and Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Practice Groups. Ms. Fernando represents individual employees in negotiation and litigation in a variety of employment matters including sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, family leave, and wage claims, among others. Ms. Fernando also focuses on representing executive and professional employees in negotiating employment, severance, and restrictive covenant agreements. Ms. Fernando employs an extremely client-centered approach to her practice and incorporates each client’s unique circumstances and goals to tailor strategies that work best for each individual.

Throughout her career, Ms. Fernando has also been a policy crusader, lobbying and testifying before the California legislature to change the state’s employment laws. She is the current Co-Chair of the California Employment Lawyers’ Association and has worked on bills to strengthen the state’s anti-discrimination laws and harassment laws.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fernando worked at several plaintiff-side employment and civil rights law firms in California. Ms. Fernando received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2010.

About Menaka N. Fernando

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Employee Rights

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Languages

  • Sinhala
  • English (Primary)

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

Other Affiliations

  • California Employment Lawyers Association (Executive Board Member)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Open Door Legal (Board of Directors)
  • Stand Up For Workers Political Action Committee (Board Member)

Education

  • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings), San Francisco, California, 2010
    J.D.
    Major: International Law
    Law Review: Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Editor
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, 2005
    B.A.

Past Positions

  • Los Angeles and San Francisco Public Defender's Offices, Intern

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker: "HIV/AIDS Discrimination in Employment, Beyond Prevention: The Obstacles in Defeating HIV", UC Hastings, Women's Law Journal Annual Symposium, - 2018
  • Speaker: "Pregnancy Discrimination Know Your Rights", - 2015
  • Moderator: "Religious Discrimination Panel", CELA, Conference, - 2015
  • Presenter: "The Year in Review: Annual Employment Law Update (Part 2)," CELA 34th Annual Employment Law Conference, California Employment Lawyers Association, - 2021
  • Speaker: "Update on New Legislation Impacting Labor & Employment Lawyers", Marin County Bar Association, - 2021
  • Panelist: "Know Your Rights: An Interactive Webinar on Race and Gender Discrimination in the Technology Industry", - 2020
  • Presenter: "The Year in Review: Annual Employment Law Update (Part 2)," CELA 33rd Annual Employment Law Conference, California Employment Lawyers Association, - 2020
  • Speaker: "Litigating Labor Code Section 970 Claims," CELA 32nd Annual Employment Law Conference, California Employment Lawyers Association, - 2019
  • Panelist: "Reforming VC Roundtable", - 2017

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Menaka N. Fernando

Included on the 2024 Northern California list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Menaka N. Fernando on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Bloomberg Law’s “They’ve Got Next: The 40 Under 40” Honoree, - 2021
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2018 - 2021
  • Northern California Women's Edition Rising Stars, - 2019
  • Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Employment Lawyers, - 2021

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Office Information

Address

One California Street12th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111

Fax

  • 415-638-8810

Office Hours

8:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Publication

Articles

  • Universal Jurisdiction, Research Handbook of International Criminal law, Chapter with UC Hastings Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Brown, Bartram, 2012
  • Females’ pay inequity in tech industry needs more than ‘karma’ to be corrected, San Francisco Examiner, 2014
  • Job Protection Must Be Part of Any Family Leave Laws, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2016
  • Why Men Should be Taking Family Leave in California – and Elsewhere, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • California enacts important new parental leave law, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Salary Histories Are Off Limits, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2018
  • A Reflection on Workforce Development Week, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • Domestic Labor and Human Trafficking: Rights and Resources, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2017
  • California Workplace Protections and Leave Rights for Expectant Mothers and New Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
  • Workplace Rights and Protections for California Healthcare Workers, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
  • Uncertainty Looms as New Privacy Law in California Takes Effect in the COVID-19 Era, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
  • California Law Protects Workers From Termination or Retaliation for Participating in Black Lives Matter or Other Political Protests, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2020
  • Why Doesn’t the U.S. Expand Parental Leave – Like the Rest of the World?, O&G Employment Law Blog, 2021

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