Pieter Bogaards has assisted hundreds of employees acquire millions of dollars in financial compensation, including achieving individual settlements of seven figures for both individual victims of discrimination, and in class actions for wage & hour violations.
Pieter has practiced employment law since earning his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. His law practice focuses exclusively on employment issues and litigation in support of the rights of employees. Pieter has been retained as counsel by many attorneys when their own employment rights have been violated.
Pieter represents employees in actions arising from:
- Wrongful termination;
- Discrimination based upon age, disability, gender, pregnancy, race and sexual orientation;
- Harassment, Hostile Work Environment and Workplace Bullying;
- Wage and hour violations for:
- Upaid wages and/or Overtime;
- Misclassification as an exempt employee or independent contractor;
- Missed Meal and Rest breaks;
- Failure to reimburse for expenses.
Pieter has been able to secure substantial recoveries for clients both through court awards after trial, on the courthouse steps in the course of litigation, and even prior to the filing of litigation. He has extensive experience in employment litigation, in administrative and civil proceedings and through mediation and arbitration, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Central and Untied States District Courts and all the State Courts of California.
Pieter began his legal career with the San Francisco Employment Law Center and the Department of Fair Employment & Housing, and worked for over 13 years in prominent San Francisco law firms before moving his practice to Marin County in 1996.
Pieter has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers, a listing service of lawyers who’ve attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He was nominated and selected for the years 2006 – 2014.
Always active in his community, Pieter is a member in a number of civic and professional organizations, serving as president or director in many, and is active in the California Employment Lawyers Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
- President, 2009-2010: Rotary Club of Mill Valley
- Chairperson, 2000-2005: Marin County Bar Association – Employment Law Section
- President & Director, 2003 – 2004: Scott Valley Swim and Tennis Club
- Director, 1995 – 1998: Marin Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Director, 1990 – 1993: The Guardsmen; Chairman, 1990 Fund Drive
- Legal Counsel, 1985 – 1988: One Act Theater Company,
Pieter continues to be published on employment issues since the publication of his Law Review article [1982 Law Review: 16 U.S.F. L.Rev. 653 (Summer 1982)] regarding definition of “handicap” under federal employment law. He writes about the foibles of employment law practice in his 2013 article in Plaintiff magazine and the complexities of “Privlege” issues in wrongful termination cases in his 2015 article in Plaintiff Magazine.
Married to Debra Bogaards, a partner in the firm Bogaards Davis in San Francisco, Pieter and his wife have two daughters.