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Dolores Yvonne Leal

Dolores Yvonne Leal

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Wrongful Termination, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination

About Me

Dolores Y. Leal 
Los Angeles, California


Partner

 


phone

(323) 653-6530


 

 


fax

(323) 653-1660


 

 


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Dolores Y. Leal, a partner in our firm, specializes in sexual harassment, employment discrimination, and wrongful termination cases.


 


Before joining our firm in 1991, Ms. Leal worked several years for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, handling cases of employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), and the Equal Pay Act. Ms. Leal held various positions while at the EEOC, including that of an investigator. Her last position was that of senior trial attorney.


 


As a senior trial attorney at the EEOC, Ms. Leal tried several Title VII and ADEA cases, including cases involving "English-only" policies, national-origin discrimination, gender discrimination/harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and age discrimination.


 


Ms. Leal has also tried numerous discrimination and wrongful termination cases at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg. Her most notable victory was in the case of Tylo v. Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc., in which she served as co-counsel representing actress Hunter Tylo in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. Ms. Tylo was awarded $4,894,601 in damages. Most important for other victims was a decision by the Court of Appeals, Hunter Tylo v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 55 Cal. App.4th 1379, 64 Cal.rptr.2d 731 (1997). Prior to trial, Ms. Leal appealed an unfavorable decision rendered by the trial court in the Tylo case, in which during Ms. Tylo's deposition the defendant sought to invade Ms. Tylo's constitutional right to privacy. The Court of Appeals agreed to stay the trial court's order and after review, ordered the trial court to reverse its order. Hunter Tylo v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 55 Cal. App.4th 1379, 64 Cal.Rptr.2d 731 (1997). This was a significant victory for persons suing their employers; the Court of Appeals made it clear that it will not allow employers to engage in "fishing expeditions" during the discovery phase of litigation.


Ms. Leal is the author of Litigating Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Cases, published by James Publishing in Costa Mesa, California. She is a frequent speaker before attorney groups and the EEOC and has taught torts, employment discrimination, and critical studies at Peoples College of Law. She has authored a number of articles on employment law.


 


Ms. Leal is also a member of the Executive Board and recent past president of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), a statewide organization of attorneys who represent employees. In September 1999 Ms. Leal was honored by CELA as its "Employment Law Attorney of the Year."


 


Ms. Leal has also received an "AV" rating, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and was listed as one of the "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Los Angeles" by The Los Angeles Business Journal in February 1998.


 


Every year since 2004, Ms. Leal has been named one of Southern California's "SuperLawyers" by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine. She was further honored by that group as one of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Southern California. Ms. Leal, a native of Los Angeles, also speaks fluent Spanish.


 



Areas of Practice:

Sexual Harassment

Employment Discrimination

Wrongful Termination


Published Works:


Litigating Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination Cases, James Publishing, Costa Mesa, California




Representative Cases:


Tylo v. Spelling Entertainment Group, Inc., (   )


Hunter Tylo v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County, 55 Cal. App.4th 1379; 64 Cal. Rptr. 2nd 731 (  1997)


Dimaranan v. Pomona Valey Hospital Medical Center, 775 R. Supp.338 (C.D. Cal. 1991)


Classes/Seminars Taught:


Torts, Employment Discrimination and Critical Studies, Peoples College of Law



Speaker, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section



Speaker, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)



Speaker, Southern California Mediation Assn



Speaker, Latina Lawyers Bar Assn (LLBA)



Speaker, California Applicants Attorneys Assn (CAAA)



Speaker, California Employment Lawyers Assn (CELA)



Speaker, National Employment Lawyers Assn (NELA)



Speaker, California State Bar, Labor & Employment Section



Honors and Awards:

Employment Law Attorney of the Year, CELA, 1999



Top 50 Women Lawyers in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Business Journal, 1998



Southern California's SuperLawyers, Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine, 2004 - 2006



One of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Southern California, 2004 - 2006



Professional Associations and Memberships:


California Employment Lawyers Association

Member, Executive Board



California Employment Lawyers Association

Past President



National Employment Lawyers Association






Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section






Mexican/American Bar Association






Past Employment Positions:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Discrimination: 25%
    27 years
  2. Sexual Harassment: 25%
    27 years
  3. Wrongful Termination: 25%
    27 years
  4. Employment & Labor: 25%
    27 years

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (40%), Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

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    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Allred, Maroko & Goldberg

6300 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198805/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2014
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Top 50 Los Angeles Women LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Southern California Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
One of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Southern CaliforniaLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
One of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Southern CaliforniaLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Southern California Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
One of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Southern CaliforniaLaw & Politics Magazine2004
Employment Lawyer of the YearCalifornia Employment Lawyers Association1999
Top 50 Women Lawyers in Los AngelesLos Angeles Business Journal1998
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAllred, Maroko & Goldberg1991 - Present
Staff AttorneyUnited States Equal Employment Commission (EEOC)1988 - 1991

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
College of Labor and Employment LawyersFellow2008 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Mexican American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee, Past President1991 - 2009
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember, Labor & Employment Section1991 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1988 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Tylo v The Superior Court of Los Angeles, 55 Cal App.4th 1370: 64 Cal Rptr. 2d 731 (1997)N/A

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Litigating Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination CasesPractice GuideN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State UnivN/AlawN/A