Eric A. Panitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Cerritos, CA

Panitz Law Group APC
 | 18000 Studebaker Rd., Suite 575
Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone: 562-630-1500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Eric A. Panitz is the principal attorney at Panitz Law Group APC. Located in Cerritos, California, he provides advice and counsel to employees within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties about employment law and wrongful termination matters. He does not represent employers.

In his employment law practice, Mr. Panitz represents employees who have been the target of discrimination on the basis of gender, national origin, disability, age, race, or pregnancy. He also assists employees who have been the target of sexual harassment, and he helps people who have been wrongfully terminated for being whistleblowers. Other aspects of his employment law practice include wage and hour disputes under California law. In these matters, Mr. Panitz has represented individual plaintiffs and has also been counsel in class actions. During his career, he has been able to obtain numerous settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients in excess of $1 million and recently obtained a $10 million jury verdict.

Mr. Panitz obtained his legal education at Whittier Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2005. Prior to opening his own firm, he was a partner at a civil litigation firm. Admitted to practice before all California state courts, Mr. Panitz is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He is a member of several legal organizations, including the California Employment Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of California.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (90%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Employment Litigation: Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2018

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About Eric Panitz

Admitted: 2006, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.wrongfultermination.com/about/

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • California State Bar Association, 2006
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2006

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • FMLA Retaliation - Fired Employee Wins $10 Million Verdict Against Nationwide Retailer. The jury awarded Mr. Flores $2.0 million for wrongful termination and retaliation for his taking medical leave for neck surgery under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Family Rights Act, and based on a failure to prevent retaliation. The jury awarded an additional $8.0 million in punitive damages. , 2017
  • Sexual Harassment Plaintiff's verdict for $1,742,691, which included $16,735 in economic damages, $1 million in non-economic damages, $17,694.60 in total labor code damages, $100,000 in punitive damages, and $608,261.12 in attorney fees and costs. Between October 2010 and January 2013, plaintiff Juddy Olivares, worked for defendant Sam Daniel Dason, DDS, A Professional Dental Corporation doing business as Colton Dental Group, as a dental assistant and back office manager at its Colton dental office. Colton Dental Group is owned by defendant Sam Dason.   In May 2011, Dason invited plaintiff to a dental convention in Las Vegas under false pretenses. Plaintiff had never been to a dental convention, so plaintiff agreed to go and asked her co-worker, Karen to join her. The following morning, while in Vegas, plaintiff and Karen learned that there was no dental convention. Dason took them zip lining instead. After zip lining,and without their knowledge of what kind of show it was, Dason took plaintiff and Karen to a topless show. Attending this show was very uncomfortable for both plaintiff and Karen. Back at work, Dason began tickling plaintiff, and stared at plaintiff breasts in a sexual way on multiple occasions. At one point, while plaintiff was yawning, Dason stuck his finger in her mouth and touched her tongue. In April 2012, plaintiff was repeatedly subjected to unwelcome sexual touching at the hands of Dason. As plaintiff was developing an x-ray during aroot canal, Dason grabbed plaintiff's buttocks. Dason apologized, and promised not to do it again. At the time, plaintiff believed him, and she needed to keep her job to support her daughter. Several months later, as plaintiff attempted to turn off an air conditioner, Dason grabbed plaintiff's buttocks and laughed. In response, plaintiff again went to her manager andrelated what had happened, and he told plaintiff that she should talk to Dason but she refused. Dason's sexual touching continued. On Dec. 7, 2012, plaintiff confronted Dason, and in response, Dason stated that because plaintiff has an attractive smile, he slips, and it is hard for him to stay away. Dason apologized, and once again promised to try to behave appropriately. In January 2013, as plaintiff requested a raise, Dason stated that plaintiff's raise would be depended upon her agreeing to go to Las Vegas with him when his wife goes to India. Plaintiff claimed that she was sexually harassed and constructively terminated when Dason made her employment benefits contingent on traveling to Las Vegas with him when his wife was away, and due to Dason's repeated unwanted physical touching of plaintiff's breast and buttocks., 2016
  • Truck vs. Auto Chain Reaction Collision - Settlement $4,934,853., 2016
  • Age discrimination - Confidential Settlement: $1,950,000 -  60 plus year-old purchasing agent with over 30 years of tenure, 2016
  • Pregnancy discrimination - Confidential Settlement: $800,000 -  Household nanny on company payroll with two years of tenure, 2015

Industry Groups

  • CAALA
  • CAOC
  • CELA
Office Location for Eric A. Panitz

18000 Studebaker Rd.
Suite 575
Cerritos, CA 90703

Phone: 562-630-1500

 

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Last Updated: 12/8/2017

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