Denise M. Visconti handles a broad variety of employment litigation matters, most often stemming from claims arising under the California Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act, alleging overtime misclassification and other wage and hour violations. She also has experience with single-plaintiff claims involving:
• Wrongful termination
• Sexual harassment
• Employment discrimination
A large portion of her practice involves the defense of clients in class action litigation, particularly in wage and hour matters, along with representative actions and private attorney general matters.
Denise also has extensive experience conducting pay equity audits for all types of employers, from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies, and helped develop the Littler Pay Equity Assessment™, including counseling employers on a broad range of state and federal issues related to pay equity, from compliance, to updating policies and job descriptions, to training managers and recruiters, and more.
She appears in state and federal courts and has handled arbitrations in various forums, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the American Arbitration Association, and JAMS. She is particularly familiar with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to gender identity and expression.
Denise regularly provides advice and counseling to clients regarding gender identity and gender expression-related issues, gender transitions in the workplace, and various issues relating to domestic partnerships and same-sex couples. She also has given a number of presentations to human resource professionals, managers, and employees on valuing diversity and creating and maintaining a diverse workplace.
Denise works with a diverse group of clients, including:
• Bioscience companies
• Computer technology companies
• Healthcare organizations
• Retail establishments
Denise previously served as the San Diego Office Managing Shareholder. Prior to that, she served as the San Diego Office representative of the Associates Committee.
Prior to joining Littler Mendelson in January 2004, Denise served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Louisa S. Porter, Presiding Magistrate Judge, Southern District of California and also served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Peter A. Nowinski, Eastern District of California. She spent her third year of law school working in the Immigration and Human Rights Legal Clinic helping newly-arriving immigrants obtain political asylum. She also was student director for the Legislative Journal.
Concerns about pay inequality have intensified greatly in recent years. Politicians, media and the public are voicing strong opposition to employers paying women, and other historically marginalized groups, less for the same or substantially similar ...