Frieda A. Taylor

Frieda A. Taylor represents employers in the full gamut of employment law issues, from providing day-to-day human resources advice to defending state and federal court litigation, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies (such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement). 

Before practicing with YZB, Ms. Taylor served for seven years as in-house employment counsel for the Automobile Club of Southern California which employs 10,000 employees around the country, a position that gave her a front-row seat to the significant impact on employers of ever-changing federal and state laws and regulations.  Consequently, Ms. Taylor has extensive experience advising management on leave and accommodation requests, investigations, terminations, and wage and hour issues.  Additionally, Ms. Taylor has single-handedly and successfully defended numerous cases brought by current and former employees alleging claims of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination based on protected characteristics such as disability, age, race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and whistleblowing.  Ms. Taylor also has drafted and reviewed various employer policy materials including handbooks, leave and accommodation forms and training materials, arbitration agreements, and other personnel policies.  She has presented management training on such topics as sexual harassment, leave and accommodation issues, and general employment law issues.

Ms. Taylor began her over 25-year practice in the Litigation Department of O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, where she represented international corporations and accounting firms.  She has specialized in employment law on behalf of employers since 2004.  Ms. Taylor earned her A.B. at Brown University in 1984 and her J.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1991.  She also clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, from 1992 to 1993.