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 executives and key employees. Camille is also an experienced litigator, advising and defending employers in trial, arbitrations and disciplinary appeals. Recently she was a member of the trial team which successfully defended the Chief of Police and 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 has exceptional experience in complex, serious misconduct cases in current and emerging areas of investigations practice, including abusive conduct, subtle and implicit bias, harassment, and ethics violations. She has conducted over 75 workplace investigations and personally supervises investigations conducted by the Investigations Team. 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, complaint of ethics violations against Northern California elected officials, and claims of race-based implicit bias and sexual harassment regarding Department Directors in two large East Bay Area counties.

In the last few years, Camille has conducted major misconduct investigations for some of the largest public employers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern 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 for BART.

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.  She has authored comprehensive policies on social media and abusive conduct. Camille also trains in Workplace Diversity and Affinity Group issues. She currently serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee at Meyers Nave and is 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 2014, Camille’s representative investigations included: an elected official from a North Bay County accused of ethics violations and sexual harassment; a transit agency executive accused of abusive conduct; a community college  faculty grievance alleging abusive conduct and MOU violations; University of California students alleging racial bullying; an East Bay City multicultural manager alleging harassment and “white privilege” discrimination; multiple complaints of race discrimination by African America employees against a North Bay County;  allegations by employees alleging racial harassment and worker’s compensation fraud against a South Bay County; allegations of third-party sexual harassment regarding an East Bay executive; allegations of retaliation and harassment against a South Bay City; and allegations of racial discrimination by a Latina employee against a South Bay Fire District.  
  • In 2013, Camille’s representative investigations included: a high level financial executive for a transit agency accused of misappropriation and ethics violations; an executive director of a national non-profit accused of discrimination and retaliation; a director of an East Bay non-profit organization regarding ADA discrimination concerns;  a Fire Captain for a Bay Area Fire Protection District accused of abusive conduct;  a Sergeant for a Bay Area Police Department accused of gender discrimination, whistleblower retaliation and harassment; anonymous complaints of abusive conduct against an executive of  a Southern California Health Plan; a high-level community college administrator accused of misappropriation and ethical violations; an elected Supervisor accused by an employee of race discrimination and harassment; and a youth program administrator  from a South Bay City accused of abusive conduct and retaliation.
  • In representative litigation matters, Camille 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.  She has represented numerous elected officials and large cities in a wide range of major litigation matters.

 

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