Angelica M. Pe Benito
Angelica Pe Benito is an Associate in the Workplace Investigations and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. Angelica provides private, public, and non-profit employers with a comprehensive range of employment law advice and counsel including training, internal investigations, compliance, and litigation. Angelica advises clients on day-to-day employment matters, which include workplace disputes, wage and hour compliance, disability accommodations, and leaves of absence. She also responds to employee complaints filed with the DFEH, EEOC, and PERB.
Angelica specializes in drafting and reviewing personnel policies and procedures, employee handbooks, governance manuals, and other internal operating documents. She has expertise in the areas of disability discrimination, reasonable accommodations, and the interactive process. Angelica also counsels employers on compliance with AB 5 and employee classification, COVID-19 and teleworking, and EEO-related issues.
Angelica has conducted independent investigations into a wide array of issues, including allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, abusive conduct, whistleblower claims, misappropriation of funds, abuse of authority, and other sensitive matters against high-ranking executives and elected officials. Her workplace investigations practice includes reviewing evidence and interviewing witnesses to determine facts relating to alleged misconduct, evaluating factual findings to ascertain compliance with workplace policies, and providing recommendations for appropriate responses and potential courses of action tailored to specific situations as part of confidential reports to clients.
In addition to her work as a sole investigator and as a member of the Workplace Investigations Practice Group, Angelica supervises and monitors investigations on behalf of clients that are conducted by outside independent investigators.
Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Angelica obtained broad legal experience as a legal specialist at WestEd (a nonprofit education research, development and services agency), a law clerk at Samsung Research America (an emerging and core technology research and development company), a paralegal at a business litigation law firm, a legal administrative assistant at an intellectual property law firm, a legal intern for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and a judicial extern for the Honorable Ronald E. Quidachay, the longest serving judge of the San Francisco Superior Court.
- Assisted in the redevelopment of an equal employment opportunity office for a large special district by creating and implementing discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and workplace violence policies and procedures in response to a California State Audit report. Also involved meeting and conferring with multiple bargaining units regarding the impacts of these new policies.
- Investigated allegations of race discrimination, abusive conduct, sexual harassment, and favoritism against a high-level executive and supervisors of a large public agency.
- Successfully defended claims of wrongful termination, misclassification, and breach of contract against a private company in arbitration.
- Conducted investigations into complaints submitted by a high-ranking executive against other members of upper-level management for a large public agency in regard to allegations of discrimination, sexual harassment, abusive conduct, and violations of internal policies. Involved interviewing more than twenty employees and drafting five separate reports.
- Investigated allegations of abusive conduct, workplace violence, and retaliation against a county public official.
- Investigated allegations of fraud and inappropriate admissions activities against members of an admission department at a large college/university and determined if conduct violated any school policies or allowed for preferential treatment or improper influence in admissions decisions.
- Investigated a school district board member and high-ranking district official for retaliation, improper influence, abuse of power, misappropriation of district resources, and constructive discharge.
Presentations and Publications
- Presenter, “Avoiding Workplace Investigation Pitfalls – Best Practices from Litigators,” Continuing Education of the Bar – MCLE Recorded Program, November 2022
- Presenter, “Employment Law Update – Public Entity Employers,” Meyers Nave webinar, January 13, 2022
- Presenter, “Employment Law Update – Private/Non-Profit Employers,” Meyers Nave webinar, January 11, 2022
- Presenter, “COVID-19 Return to Work Plan: Who Returns, When, Where & How,” California Special Districts Association webinar, June 22, 2021
- Author, Update on California’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, and OSHA, Meyers Nave Client Alert, June 10, 2021
- Author, Round 2: Cal/OSHA Revises Emergency Temporary Standards for COVID-19 Prevention, Meyers Nave Client Alert, June 9, 2021
- Author, “Employers’ Top Three Questions About COVID-19,” North County Lawyer, February 2021
- Author, “Mandatory vs. Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: What California Employers Need To Know,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, January 15, 2021
- Presenter, “Employment Law Update: What’s New, What’s Changed and What’s Next?,” Meyers Nave webinar, January 12 and 14, 2021
- Author, “Newly Adopted Cal/OSHA Emergency Standards Require Immediate Action by California Employers,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, November 30, 2020
- Author, “SCOTUS Rules LGBTQ Workers Protected From Employment Discrimination,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, July 10, 2020
- Author, “AB 5: Clarity for Some Employers, Uncertainty for Others,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, September 2019
- Author, “SB 778 Extends Employers’ Deadline for Providing New Harassment Prevention Training,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, September 2019
- Santa Clara University School of LawJD, High Tech Law Certificate (Intellectual Property Specialization) with honors, 2018
- University of California at San DiegoBA, International Studies-Political Science, 2014