Anthony Oceguera is a partner in the Sacramento office of O’Hagan Meyer. Mr. Oceguera has experience representing all types of employers, from single operator franchisees and small family-owned businesses to large companies operating in multiple states and countries.
Mr. Oceguera represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment. His primary focus is employment litigation, defending employers in single plaintiff cases, as well as class actions, collective actions and representative actions, in both Federal and California Court. Mr. Oceguera also has significant experience handling private arbitrations, administrative claims before the Department of Labor and the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, and discrimination charges before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and California Civil Rights Department. Mr. Oceguera has also helped employers respond to dozens of unfair labor practice charges, as well as union elections before the National Labor Relations Board and Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Additionally, Mr. Oceguera has experience handling serious and willful and Labor Code 132a petitions for increased compensation before the California Workers Compensation Appeals Board, as well as workplace safety complaints before Cal/OSHA.
A large segment of Mr. Oceguera’s caseload involves the handling of complex wage and hour class actions, as well as representative actions under the Private Attorneys General Act. These cases are often the most perilous for employers of all sizes, as they allow a single individual to bring claims on behalf of all of a company’s hourly employees, and often include tens of millions of dollars in potential penalties, without any of the procedural safeguards applicable to class action cases. Additionally, Mr. Oceguera specializes in the defense of individual and class action cases brought against employers for allegedly unlawful background check policies and procedures under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and analogous state laws. Employers are often unaware of the numerous technical requirements associated with background checks, or assume that because they utilize disclosure and authorization forms provided by a Consumer Reporting Agency (“CRA”), that they are in compliance with the law. Mr. Oceguera works closely with employers and with outside CRAs to ensure that background checks are done properly and in adherence with governing statutes and regulations and vigorously defends his clients when they are facing a nationwide class action targeting their background check practices.
Mr. Oceguera recognizes that not every client or case is the same, and spends significant time with clients and his team at O’Hagan Meyer deciding on the proper strategy for achieving the best possible result based on the facts and evidence, and the client’s specific objectives. Mr. Oceguera has secured favorable outcomes for his clients, including early dismissals, judgments and confidential settlements.
In addition to defending his clients in litigation, Mr. Oceguera also provides counseling to employers in personnel matters and helps his clients in drafting and updating their written policies and procedures in order to maintain compliance with the ever-increasing requirements under California and federal law and avoid administrative complaints and lawsuits.
Mr. Oceguera is a graduate of University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly University of California, Hastings College of the Law). Both during law school and as a new attorney, Mr. Oceguera worked at a small plaintiff-side employment firm in San Francisco. Mr. Oceguera’s experience as a plaintiff attorney has been critical in honing his understanding of how plaintiff attorneys approach cases and what strategies are best employed to defend employers.
Prior to working at O’Hagan Meyer, Mr. Oceguera was a partner at an AmLaw 100 law firm. He was also a partner at a Sacramento-based employment boutique that specialized in representing agricultural companies in California and Arizona, and worked closely with his clients to navigate the various legal challenges facing growers, shippers and farm labor contractors.
Mr. Oceguera is an avid sports fan, who enjoys taking his kids to soccer and swim team practices and matches, as well as rooting for the Golden State Warriors, Las Vegas Raiders and Sac Republic FC, the local professional soccer team.