Camille Hamilton Pating
Camille Hamilton Pating leads the Workplace Investigations Team, specializing in high profile investigations involving government officials, employees and executives of public, private and non-profit organizations. Camille is also an experienced litigator in the Labor and Employment Group. 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 as an independent investigator in sensitive and complex employee misconduct cases. She has conducted over 70 investigations including claims of abusive conduct, subtle or implicit bias, discrimination, harassment, police internal affairs, misappropriation, whistleblower and ethics violations. She recently investigated allegations of harassment and discrimination at a digital media company, claims of racial bullying of students at a major California university and alleged harassment by the CEO of a nationally-recognized non-profit. She has conducted major misconduct investigations involving elected officials and employees of some of the largest public employers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley, Southern California and the nation. Camille investigated ethical misconduct claims regarding the City of Bell scandal, and was a member of the BART internal affairs team that investigated the officer-involved shooting death of Oscar Grant.
Camille is a frequent presenter on preventing workplace bullying and sexual harassment, recognizing implicit and subtle bias, social media and ethics. Camille chairs the Diversity Committee at Meyers Nave and is a member of its Women’s Initiative Sub-Committee. She supervises the Firm’s Affinity groups for Attorneys of Color, LGBT 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 litigated numerous civil jury trials, court trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She also served as the President of the San Francisco Ethics Commission.
- In 2014, representative investigations included cases involving: an elected official from a North Bay County accused of ethics violations and sexual harassment; a transit agency executive accused of abusive conduct and MOU violations; University students alleging racial bullying; an East Bay City multicultural manager alleging harassment and “white privilege” discrimination; multiple complaints of race discrimination by African American 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, 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.
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
- University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law, JD, 1985
- Stanford University, BA, Political Science, 1982