Ombudsman for Injured Workers
Caren Sencer is a shareholder in the Alameda office of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld. Since 2004, she has represented unions in all aspects of labor and employment law, as well as provided institutional advice to unions. Her practice has afforded her extensive litigation experience, including cases on the duty of fair representation, wage and hour matters, and those arising from anti-discrimination laws. Caren’s experience includes administrative, federal, and state trial court practice, as well as appellate advocacy in both state and federal courts. Her wage and hour work, representing individuals, classes, and plaintiffs in collective actions, has resulted in published appellate decisions.
Caren regularly practices before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in both representation and unfair labor practice proceedings, representing union clients in hundreds of matters before the NLRB. This work provided her with the opportunity to testify before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and in open hearings of the National Labor Relations Board on issues addressing election procedures. Her practice also extends to arbitrations, contract negotiations and matters under both the Railway Labor Act and California laws governing public sector employees.
Caren trains union officers, business representatives, and stewards on a wide range of labor and employment law topics, including grievance processing, contract negotiations, expressive activity, state and federal wage and hour law, sexual harassment, discrimination, ADA, FMLA, and other forms of protected leave.
Caren received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and law degree from Berkeley Law at the University of California (Boalt Hall), Berkeley. While at Berkeley, she served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. For each year from 2013 through 2017, she was selected for the Super Lawyers’ Northern California Rising Stars list.
Labor Arbitrations and Collective Bargaining Negotiations
Class Actions and Wage and Hour Litigation
Enforcing Labor Standards on Public Works Projects
Labor Compliance and Labor Harmony Coalitions
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, 2004
Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1999