Meagan D. Bainbridge




Meagan Bainbridge is a Weintraub shareholder and member of the Labor & Employment and Litigation groups.

She exclusively practices employment law and related litigation in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies. Additionally, she provides advice and counsel to employers concerning their workplace policies, practices, and personnel decisions. Meagan regularly assists employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees, including on such matters as recruiting and hiring; employment agreements and compensation plans; protection of trade secrets; wage and hour laws; independent contractor status; performance standards and disciplinary actions; privacy; leaves of absence and reasonable accommodations; preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; preventing and responding to theft and embezzlement; reductions in force, terminations, and layoffs; and compliance with other state and federal employment laws.  Meagan is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) provides impartial workplace investigations.

Meagan also regularly defends employers against employment claims for breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices, violation of wage and hour laws, as well as numerous other tort and statutory employment law causes of action. She has extensive experience litigating class actions. Substantive areas of expertise include California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the California Labor Code.

Meagan has experience providing employment advice, counseling, training, and litigation defense to employers in the following industries:

  • Agricultural and Post-Harvest Production
  • Car Dealerships
  • Manufacturing and Retail
  • Medical Practices
  • Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations
  • Property Management Companies
  • Professional Services Companies
  • Restaurants
  • Trucking Companies

Meagan is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AOWI) and is available to conduct independent workplace investigations for both public and private employers. She also regularly speaks on a wide range of employment-related topics and is available to conduct training on many workplace topics, including AB 1825 sexual harassment prevention training.

Prior to joining Weintraub in 2010, Meagan worked for a Sacramento-based boutique law firm specializing in all aspects of labor and employment law. Meagan also worked in the Washington DC office of a large worldwide law firm as a member of its litigation group after receiving her J.D. Meagan earned her J.D. from the American University, Washington College of Law, in 2005, where she was a member of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law and acted as a student attorney in the school’s Civil Practice Clinic. Meagan earned her B.A. in Law and Society, with Distinction and Highest Honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2001. Meagan enjoys cooking, running, reading, and spending time with her family in her free time.

Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI)

American Cancer Society Partnership Council

State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section

Sacramento Employer Advisory Council (SEAC)
Legal Affairs Chair

PBS-KVIE Business Advisory Group


Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2021 – 2023 – Labor and Employment

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2022, 2023

Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013 – 2015

The Training Institute for Workplace Investigations
Certificate Recipient, 2015

J.D., American University, Washington College of Law, 2005

B.A., with Distinction and Highest Honors, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001

L&E Seminar: Navigating the Complex Maze of Leave of Absence and Accommodation Laws

Navigating and administering leaves of absence in California has never been easy. Employers have to first understand which statutory leaves apply to their workplace, then ensure that they not only have policies in place regarding those leaves, but also administer those leaves properly. Often times, various leave statutes, reasonable accommodation…

  • When: Sep 20, 2023 09:30 am PDT – 11:30 am PDT
  • Where: Weintraub Tobin, 400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Meagan Bainbridge and Lukas Clary to Present on the Use of A.I. in Employment Decisions at the 2023 SAHRA Conference

From September 13 – 14, 2023, the Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (SAHRA) will host its annual conference for HR professionals and service providers. The event aims to connect industry professionals and offer educational sessions to keep you current on industry topics. Weintraub shareholders Meagan Bainbridge and Lukas Clary will present…

  • When: Sep 14, 2023
  • Where: 700 Event Center Drive, Roseville, CA 95678

Meagan Bainbridge Presents at North State BIA HR Round Table

On Thursday, July 6, 2023, Meagan Bainbridge presented on the topic, “Leaves of Absence and Accommodations,” at the North State Building Industry Association (BIA) HR Round Table. Most employers know that employees may need to take leave and/or be accommodated from time to time for various reasons under California and/or…

L&E Seminar: The Risk of Retaliation Claims – It’s More Than You Think! The Various Statutes Protecting Employees

Like other employment claims in recent times, we are seeing more retaliation and “whistleblower” claims against California employers. Employers need to know what to listen for or they can find themselves accused of retaliating against a “whistleblower.” On April 12th, Lukas Clary, Meagan Bainbridge, and Jacqueline Simonovich of Weintraub Tobin’s…

  • When: Apr 12, 2023 09:30 am PDT – 11:30 am PDT
  • Where: 400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

Meagan Bainbridge to Speak at National Business Institute Event on HR Law

On April 20th, 2023, The National Business Institute (NBI) hosted an event titled “HR Law: Current Issues and Best Practices.” Weintraub shareholder Meagan Bainbridge will serve on a panel alongside Labor & Employment attorneys Camille R. Bryant of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, Nancy McCoy of Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi, P.C.,…

  • When: Apr 20, 2023 10:00 am PDT – 12:30 pm PDT

Weintraub Attorneys Present at The Generations Family Business Conference

On May 12 and 13, The Capital Region Family Business Center hosted the Generations Family Business Conference in Sacramento. On day two of the event, Weintraub attorneys  Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, Meagan Bainbridge and Ryan Abernethy presented a case study relating to harassment or misconduct claims against family members in the…

  • When: May 13, 2022
  • Where: SAFE Credit Union Convention Center

Webinar: 10 Ways The Pandemic Changed Employment Practices

On March 2, 2022, attorneys Shauna Correia and Meagan Bainbridge from our Labor and Employment group hosted a webinar discussing the 10 most significant ways the pandemic impacted employment practices. They also provided good practices for employers to navigate these changes going forward. Summary of program: Managing remote work arrangements,…

  • When: Mar 2, 2022
  • Where: Webinar

Webinar: Employment Law Update 2022

On January 12, 2022, attorneys Lizbeth V. West, James Kachmar, Meagan D. Bainbridge, Brendan Begley, and Ryan Abernethy presented part two of a webinar discussing important legal developments from 2021 and reviewing a number of new laws and case law developments impacting employers in 2022. Employment Law Update (Part 2)…

  • When: Jan 12, 2022
  • Where: Webinar

Webinar: The Employment Life Cycle: EEO Compliance from Hiring to Firing

On September 1, 2021, Meagan Bainbridge hosted an informative webinar covering the lifespan of the employment relationship. She discussed applicable laws and best practices to help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers reduce the risk of liability when they interview, hire, discipline, and terminate employees. Program Highlights Lawful and effective…

  • When: Sep 1, 2021

Webinar – Don’t Rush the Interactive Process: Understanding the Do’s and Don’ts of Reasonable Accommodations Under the ADA and FEHA

On June 2, 2021, Weintraub employment attorneys James Kachmar and Meagan Bainbridge presented an overview of the many accommodation laws that employers and HR professionals may have to address, such as who should be accommodated and how to engage in an interactive process to determine an appropriate accommodation, if any.…

  • When: Jun 2, 2021
  • Where: Webinar

Virtual Event – Dealing with Complex FMLA and ADA Issues: A Legal Guide

Identify Patterns of Abuse, Discover Pertinent Case Law, Mitigate Litigation Risks and More Join Meagan D. Bainbridge for this live webinar virtual event hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI) where FMLA and ADA issues will be discussed. Summary:From leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic to medical marijuana and disability…

  • When: May 25, 2021
  • Where: Virtual Event

California Employment News: US Supreme Court “Viking River” Decision Brings PAGA Relief for CA Employers

In this episode of California Employment News, Lukas Clary and Meagan Bainbridge discuss the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v Moriana holding that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts the California law precluding division of individual and non-individual Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) actions for purposes of compelling arbitration. Not only…

Weintraub Tobin Elevates Four Attorneys to Shareholder

Sacramento, CA (January 1, 2021) – Weintraub Tobin, a leading California full-service law firm, is pleased to announce that Meagan D. Bainbridge, Jessica R. Corpuz, Josh H. Escovedo, and Daniel C. Kim have been elected Shareholders in the Firm. Meagan Bainbridge is a member of Weintraub’s Labor and Employment and…

The Temperatures are Rising… Are New Regulations Coming With it?

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) recently announced plans to implement new standards that would apply to indoor places of employment when the temperature reaches at least 82 degrees Fahrenheit when employees are present. Cal/OSHA already strictly regulates outdoor workplaces as the heat rises. These new proposed regulations…

The DOL Issues New Guidance Applying the FLSA and FMLA to Remote Workers

On February 9, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued  Field Assistance Bulletin 2023-1 (the “FAB”), which directs agency officials responsible for enforcement on the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to teleworking employees. This guidance provides valuable insight to…

The EEOC Issues New Guidance Reminding Employers of Protections for Applicant and Employees with Hearing Disabilities

On January 24, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated resource document titled “Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” explaining how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to job applicants and employees who are deaf or hard of hearing or have…

Employers Take Note – New EEOC Poster Available for Immediate Posting

Earlier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new poster that employers are required to display in their workplaces. The “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster updates and replaces the previous “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster. According to the press release, the new poster includes the…

California Employment News: How to Comply With and Use Employee Record Requests to Your Advantage

In this episode of California Employment News, Lukas Clary and Meagan Bainbridge discuss steps that employers can take to comply with employee records requests, while also mitigating the risk of potential workplace violation claims. Watch this episode on the Weintraub YouTube channel, here. Listen to this podcast episode here.

California Employment News: Best Practices for Employers to Start The New Year

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce the launch of California Employment News, a series of short, informational videos designed to keep California employers up-to-date on legal developments in employment law. In this inaugural episode, Weintraub employment attorneys Meagan Bainbridge and Lukas Clary discuss best practices for employers to implement regularly, such…

California Employment News: The Employment Start-Up Kit for Start-Ups – Part 1

There are many common employment issues that start-ups might face. Weintraub attorneys Meagan Bainbridge and Ryan Abernethy help review these issues in a two-part series for California Employment News. Join them in part one, which covers independent contractor classification and employment exemptions. Listen to this podcast episode here. Watch this episode on the Weintraub YouTube channel…

California Employment News: Lesser Known Pay Exemptions

While some pay exemptions are fairly well-known, there are some, such as the Computer Professional and Sales exemptions, that are not as common. Meagan Bainbridge and Lukas Clary close out the pay exemptions series on California Employment News with this episode reviewing these two lesser known pay exemptions. Listen to this podcast episode here. Watch this…

California Employment News: Professional and Administrative Pay Exemptions

Two of the most common pay exemptions from federal and state overtime, meal and rest break, and minimum wage laws are the Professional and Administrative exemptions. Meagan Bainbridge and Lukas Clary detail how these two exemptions work in this episode of California Employment News. Listen to this podcast episode here. Watch this episode on…

California Employment News: The Executive Pay Exemption

The executive pay exemption is one of three so-called “white-collar” pay exemptions that exempt certain employees from state and/or federal overtime, minimum wage, and meal and rest break requirements. Meagan Bainbridge and Lukas Clary review this exemption in part 2 of this 4-part pay exemption series on California Employment News. Listen to the podcast episode…

California Employment News: The Basics of Pay Exemptions

Certain employees can be exempt from overtime pay and meal and rest breaks under both the FLSA and California Labor Law. Meagan Bainbridge and Lukas Clary break down the basics of pay exemptions in part 1 of this 4-part series for California Employment News. Listen to this podcast episode here. Watch this episode on the…