Ms. Eggleston holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and a law degree from Golden Gate University. Ms. Eggleston was admitted to practice law in the State of California and in the Northern District Court of the United States in 1991. She has practiced law in the Bay Area for 29 years, representing both public and private sector employees and small businesses in a variety of matters.
The Law Office of Janis E. Eggleston has represented a number of Union-represented and non-Union represented public sector employees in a variety of matters, including: discipline and pre-termination due process hearings, post-termination appeals, and personnel commission appeals. She also represents employees who have been discriminated against, harassed and retaliated against and will assist in filing internal complaints with employers and file charges with the DFEH or EEOC.
Janis has a strong foundation and training in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and developed a deep commitment to employees who struggle with disabilities and chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, depression, and other mental health issues. Throughout her career, Janis has provided trainings to other attorneys about the legal implications of illness in the workplace.
As part of her practice, Janis eagerly works with employers to create the most effective job modifications with the combined intermittent use of medical leave so that an employee can remain employed while undergoing the rigors of medical treatment, the side effects of medication, and the disabling effects of illness. She actively participates in the good faith interactive process with employers to create the best working environment for disabled employees.
Harassment is not limited to sexual harassment: it can occur because of one’s gender, race, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Employers must take corrective action to prevent harassment once presented with an employee’s complaint of to Human Resources or Personnel Department. Employees are required to file complaints with their superiors or Human Resource/Personnel offices and must follow the complaint procedures set out in the employer’s personnel policies and handbooks so that harassment complaints can be investigated and the behavior corrected. The Law Office of Janis E. Eggleston can help employees comply with these complaint procedures and file the appropriate complaints so that employees can resolve the problems they are experiencing at work. Janis consults with employees who are experiencing these kinds of problems at work and works to create the most effective and creative problem solving solution for the employee and, ultimately, the employer.
The Law Office of Janis E. Eggleston is dedicated to protecting employees’ privacy interests in their medical and psychological treatment records and history. She also seeks to preserve an employee’s privacy interests in their e-mail communications, particularly if some those communications were exchanged with their union representatives.
In more recent years, Janis continues to develop her knowledge of employees’ privacy rights and the privacy protections one may (or may not) have in their comments and photographs posted on social media and their habits and personal information contained in smart phones, tablets and other electronic media. One’s use of social media and electronically stored information is highly relevant in discovery and litigation of harassment and disability cases.
The Law Office will create flexible fee arrangement with clients, including the standard hourly fee agreement, flat fee arrangements, and hybrid flat fee and hourly fee arrangements. All fee arrangements are subject to separate negotiations with each client.