Camille Hamilton Pating

Overview

Camille Hamilton Pating leads the Workplace Investigations Team, specializing in sensitive and high profile investigations involving government officials and employees, non-profit and private sector employers. She also provides litigation services and employment law advice to public entity employers. She advises and defends clients in trial, arbitrations and disciplinary appeals. Camille was a member of the trial team which successfully defended the City of Richmond against charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, winning a unanimous jury defense verdict that was chosen as a verdict of the year by the Daily Journal.

Camille conducts objective and timely investigations. She has exceptional experience in complex, serious misconduct cases and internal affairs investigations. In 2014, she investigated allegations of racial bullying against African American students at a major California university, claims of racial and gender-based harassment by the CEO of a nationally recognized non-profit, complaints of ethics violations against a Northern California elected official, claims of “white privilege” discrimination, unconscious bias and allegations of sexual harassment regarding Department Heads in two large Northern California counties.

In the last five years, Camille conducted major misconduct investigations for some of the largest and smallest public employers in California and the nation. These confidential cases involved elected and appointed officials, high level managers, public safety officers and employees accused of workplace bullying, whistleblower retaliation, harassment and discrimination, dishonesty and falsification of official records, conflict of interest and policy violations. Camille investigated ethical misconduct claims regarding the City of Bell scandal, which received extensive media coverage. She was a member of the investigative team that conducted an internal affairs investigation of the officer-involved shooting death of Oscar Grant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

An engaging and popular trainer, Camille is a frequent presenter on Preventing Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment, Preventing Discrimination and Retaliation, Conducting Defensible Investigations, Social Media and Ethics for Elected Officials. Camille also trains in Workplace Diversity and Affinity Group issues. She currently serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee at Meyers Nave and a member of its Women’s Initiative Sub-Committee. She also supervises the firm’s Affinity groups for Attorneys of Color, LGBT Attorneys and Women Attorneys.

Prior to joining Meyers Nave, Camille served as Senior Trial Counsel at Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP in San Francisco. She was a Deputy City Attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney’s office, where she specialized in employment litigation and litigated numerous civil jury trials, court trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She served as the President of the San Francisco Ethics Commission, where she was responsible for the administration and enforcement of conflict of interest laws, campaign finance reform, lobbyist regulation and whistleblower investigations.

Representative Experience

  • In 2012, served as a member of the trial team which won a unanimous jury defense verdict for the Chief of Police and City of Richmond against charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation brought by seven high level managers, winning a unanimous jury defense verdict in a highly publicized trial.
  • In 2012, investigated claims of retaliation, discrimination and ethics violations brought against executives at one of the largest public health plans in the nation.
  • In 2012, investigated claims of  whistleblower retaliation brought by a high level manager against executives of a pension trust.
  • In 2011, in connection with the City of Bell scandal, conducted internal investigation of numerous allegations that City of Bell police officers engaged in political campaigns while in uniform, and other ethical misconduct claims regarding the City of Bell. 
  • In 2011, investigated allegations of discrimination, harassment  and retaliation against the President of Bay Area Board of Supervisors.
  • In 2010, conducted investigation of claims of discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, age, disability and sexual harassment against the police chief in one of the largest cities in California.
  • In 2010, conducted an investigation of claims of whistleblower retaliation and union affiliation discrimination involving a county Sheriff’s Department.
  • In 2009, served as a member of the investigative team that conducted a confidential internal affairs investigation of the officer-involved shooting death of Oscar Grant in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • In 2009, conducted an investigation of claims of gender discrimination and retaliation brought by women officers against a police department embroiled in a related complex litigation. The investigation facilitated a settlement of the litigation.
  • In 2008, conducted a high-profile investigation of retaliation and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, age and gender involving top-level administrators at a community college district.
  • In 2008, conducted internal investigations regarding disability discrimination on behalf of a large East Bay public employer.
  • In 2008, assisted in the settlement of three judgments totaling $18 million against a public housing authority, including wrongful death, sexual harassment and sex discrimination. The settlement protected the client from a court-ordered receivership.
  • In 2007-2008, litigated a breach of contract lawsuit against a major commercial bank on behalf of a deceased bank executive’s Estate, which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement after trial.
  • Investigated and litigated numerous internal discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims brought by women and minority firefighters on behalf of a major urban fire department, pursuant to a Federal consent decree.
  • Investigated and litigated claims of sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination, and retaliation on behalf of a transportation agency and its affiliated boards and commissions.
  • Conducted high-profile investigations regarding alleged “slumlord” building inspectors in a large municipality.
     

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, "Get Ready for the New Claims: Workplace Bullying and Subtle Bias," Meyers Nave webinar, 2015
  • Presenter, "The ABC’s of Workplace Investigations," East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), 2014
  • Presenter, "Sexual Harassment Prevention Training," San Leandro Police Department, 2014
  • Speaker, “Nuts & Bolts of Workplace Investigations and Issues,” Alameda County’s 11th Annual Disability Employment Awareness Conference & Training, 2014
  • Speaker, “How to Lead Without Breaking the Rules,” California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA), 2014
  • Speaker, “Employee Discipline and Investigations,” Western Regional International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Workplace Bullying: The Next Harassment Claim?,” California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA) Annual Training Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, “Social Media Firings: The NLRB's Do's and Don'ts,” International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Annual Conference, 2013
  • Presenter, “Social Media – Creating a Policy You ‘Like’,” Meyers Nave Webinar, 2013
  • Speaker, “Facebook ‘Friend’ or Foe – Social Media on and off Campus,” CCSA, 2012
  • Speaker, “Ethics 101: A Guide for Public Officials,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, 2008
  • Speaker, “Lessons Learned from this Year’s Big Employment Verdicts,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, 2007
  • Speaker, “Ethics 101: A Guide for Human Resources Administrators,” CALPELRA Annual Training Conference, 2006
  • Speaker, “Investigation Techniques,” Southern California Public Labor Relations Council, 2006

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, The Bar Association of San Francisco

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, JD, 1985
  • Stanford University, BA, Political Science, 1982