Melanie Chaney

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Melanie Chaney is an experienced negotiator and litigator who regularly advises cities, counties, community college districts, school districts, public safety departments and special districts regarding employee and labor relations matters. She negotiates, drafts and provides guidance for interpreting collective bargaining agreements. She also handles all aspects of labor disputes including unfair labor practice charges before the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). As a litigator, Melanie has received favorable verdicts in state and federal court before judges and juries. She also handles arbitrations and administrative proceedings including disciplinary actions and grievances.

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This post was authored by Melanie L. Chaney. As a proud American citizen, I want to instill a healthy respect for American government and democracy in my child.  I have a son who has an interest in American government that belies his seven years on this earth. You may have read in the Washington Post about the 17 African-American women who were all elected to the judiciary in Harris County, Texas this last November…
This post was authored by Melanie L. Chaney. Under Title VII and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the employer has an affirmative obligation to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  In order to comply with this obligation, employers must investigate all complaints of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  If an employer receives a complaint, failing to investigate at all or failing to conduct an appropriate workplace investigation could…