We fight unfairness and injustice on many fronts.

I only take cases that I completely one hundred percent believe in...I am not going to spend my time or my clients’ time on anything else.”
— Civil rights and employment attorney Deborah Gordon

WHAT WE DO


Any given day something horrific could happen to somebody.
Somebody could be sexually assaulted on the job.
Somebody could’ve been improperly arrested and thrown in jail the night before.
Somebody could’ve been fired.
Any of these things can happen and we’ll get a call.”
— Civil Rights and Employment Attorney Deborah Gordon

With more than 40 years of experience, the attorneys at Deborah Gordon Law have experience in every facet of employment and civil rights law. We are thorough, practical and appropriately aggressive.

We represent individuals from every type of employment: company presidents and CEOs, teachers, police officers, nurses, doctors, professors, janitors, auto workers, waitresses,  and government employees, among many others. We also represent students and citizens whose rights have been violated by the government, such as a police department, a school district or a university.   Our goal is to assist you in protecting and enforcing your legal rights when they have been violated.  Those rights come from state and federal laws that have been enacted or from a contract you have entered into.  We are experts at understanding and enforcing these laws and contracts and at explaining  your rights and options.  It is important to understand that not everyone who has been treated unfairly has a case, and we will explain that to you when appropriate. 

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We represent clients who have faced discrimination.  Illegal discrimination may be based on race, gender, sexual harassment, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status or pregnancy. 

We fight for clients who have been retaliated against by being fired, disciplined, demoted or mistreated or because they reported illegal or improper acts, made a complaint of discrimination, because they refused to violate the law or reported a violation of the law, such as a whistle blower. Employers who engage in retaliation  should be held accountable in a court of law.

The Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees to take unpaid leave for illness, family illness and pregnancy leave.  We protect the rights of employees who have been denied such a leave, or who have been discriminated against because they took a leave.

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid properly for hours worked, including overtime.

You may have a contract with your employer that is in writing, or it may be stated in a handbook or policy or verbal statements and promises.  If your agreement has been breached you may have a breach of contract claim. 

Students at public universities are entitled to due process before they are disciplined or expelled.

Police misconduct and brutality may occur when there is a false arrest, use of excessive physical force, or an improper imprisonment or detention.  We have gained million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients who have been harmed by poorly trained, or malicious, reckless police officers. In addition to compensating victims, these cases send a strong message to law enforcement everywhere that such conduct will not be tolerated.