The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 27, 2010
Administration hires outside counsel for minimum wage litigation

100609 gavel.jpgThe Department of Personnel Administration has retained an outside law firm, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, to help with minimum wage litigation.

The $425,000 contract, which you can view here, runs through June 30, 2011.

Liebert Cassidy has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Fresno. The firm's website says it "provides legal services for public sector employers, and city, county, and state agencies."

As we reported last week, Controller John Chiang also has outside legal help with the ongoing state worker minimum wage litigation. His lead attorney, Steven Rosenthal, is with Kaye Scholer. The global firm litigates in a number of areas, including governmental affairs.

The State Worker has asked the Controller's Office for the Kaye Scholar agreeement. We'll post it here when we receive it.

Money for both contracts comes from the general fund. Until a budget is in place, billings for services rendered to either side from July 1 forward can't be paid.

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