Sarah Lustig has worked with public sector employers for over a decade. She regularly advises cities, counties, public safety agencies, and other public institutions in a broad range of employment matters, including but not limited to: discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; leaves of absence; the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; the California Public Records Act; peace officer personnel records, the Pitchess statutes, and Senate Bill 1421; the Ralph M. Brown Act; reasonable accommodations and the interactive process; due process; First Amendment issues; workplace violence; fitness for duty examinations and drug and alcohol testing; privacy; and wage and hour.
Ms. Lustig regularly advises clients in matters ranging from employee discipline, administrative proceedings, unfair practice charges, and litigation involving state and federal discrimination and harassment claims. When litigation is necessary, Ms. Lustig has experience guiding her clients through every stage of litigation, including responding to pleadings, developing and implementing discovery plans, advocating for the client in court or during settlement conferences or mediation, preparing the case for trial, and trial. She has successfully defended public employers at the administrative, trial, and appellate level.
Additionally, Ms. Lustig provides training to clients on new legal developments and strategies to prevent litigation and has drafted numerous disciplinary notices, handbooks, personnel rules, and other workplace policies.
News & Publications
Co-Authored an article for the Daily Journal on Senate Bill 1421, which took effect January 1, 2019.