SOURCE: Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Business Litigation Law Firm

December 07, 2009 09:30 ET

Employment Trial Lawyer Susan Kirkgaard Reports Increase in Unlawful Employment Practice Suits Since Economic Downturn

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - December 7, 2009) - Veteran trial lawyer Susan Kirkgaard, of counsel with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC (, a leading West Coast law firm, notes her employment law practice has seen a significant spike during the economic downturn as cases of unlawful employment practices increase.

Kirkgaard noted a recent trend when employers have to make employee separations, they often do it incorrectly. "Whether it's a reduction in workforce, transferring of employees, or massive layoffs, latent issues of discrimination, harassment or whistle blowing tend to rise up post-separation and catch employers off guard," said Kirkgaard.

Kirkgaard joined Bullivant last year and brings a unique perspective to the firm. "In a law firm that represents corporate clients, Susan knows how to navigate between corporate employers and employees to ensure an equitable outcome for the injured party," said Sacramento lawyer and Bullivant board chair Taylor Florence. That fact hasn't been lost on her clients: she has won nearly every case she has tried in the past decade, and recent multimillion dollar settlements on behalf of employees suggest that she wins outside the courtroom as well.

"Susan's focus, tenacity and experience make her the best choice to represent employees for wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation and harassment issues," said Karin Rodriguez, a Modesto client for whom Kirkgaard secured a $3.25 million dollar settlement.

"Susan is my 'go to' person in any high-stakes legal situation. She's intelligent, aggressive and focused on the issues that matter. Most importantly, she's resolved many situations that have benefited our organization," said Rose Concilio-Putnam of Sunshine Makers, Inc., manufacturer of Simple Green.

Kirkgaard has more than 20 years of experience successfully representing individuals and corporate clients in employment, construction, real estate fraud, unfair business practices, and complex commercial litigation. She has specialized in employment related litigation and counseling of employers in the last five years, honing in on employment issues.

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