Robert Jon Hendricks represents employers and managers in the travel, hospitality, food service, entertainment, and retail industries in cases brought under California and US federal law involving matters such as wage and hour issues, antidiscrimination laws, and the US Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As a lead counsel, he has significant experience in state, federal and administrative trials. RJ also has extensive class action experience and has defeated class certification in numerous cases.
In addition to litigation involving FMLA, RJ handles cases under the California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 et seq., the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including Title III.
RJ defended Yusen Terminals in a three-week trial involving a marine clerk’s allegations that she had been unlawfully retaliated against during a training program. The African-American plaintiff claimed that during the training she was segregated in a back room, was not adequately trained by the male union planners; was belittled, harassed, and subjected to death threats; and was ultimately forced to quit the training and could not work for five years afterward because she was broken. The case was filed in 2006, went to a first jury trial, then a judgment notwithstanding the verdict, then a court of appeals decision, and then a remanded second trial. RJ was brought in to first-chair the second trial, and handled jury selection, opening, the cross-examination of the plaintiff, the direct of several company witnesses, and the closing argument—which the client and several observers called the best closing they had ever seen.
As lead counsel, he has successfully defended employment discrimination and arbitration cases. In one case, RJ convinced the court to terminate a contentious litigation brought by a former IT manager who alleged ongoing sexual harassment and retaliation by his supervisor.
RJ has briefed and argued issues before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and California Courts of Appeal. In one case, he obtained, via a writ petition, a published decision that established that union officials cannot withhold known information that concerns harassment in the workplace from employers during litigation. The decision also found that, like employers, unions are obligated to prevent workplace harassment.
University of California, Berkeley, 1990, A.B., With honors
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1995, J.D.
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Labor and employment - Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) - defense, The Legal 500 US (2017)
Finalist, The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2013)
Member, Executive Committee, State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section (2009–2012)
Recipient, Anthony F. Dragonette Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Civil Litigation Trial Practice
Listed, Southern California Super Lawyers, six of the last seven years
Rated Among the 500 Leading Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine (2007)