Polina Bernstein founded Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. in 2009 after specializing in employment law and business litigation in the big firm sector for over eight years. During the last six of those years, Ms. Bernstein worked in the labor and employment department of Winston & Strawn, LLP, a global law firm and one of the oldest law firms in the United States.
Ms. Bernstein has extensive experience litigating employment-related matters in both federal and state court. Ms. Bernstein’s experience includes successful representation in matters involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment, misappropriation of trade secrets, wrongful termination, retaliatory discharge, defamation and breach of contract, including unpaid commissions claims. Within the area of discrimination, Ms. Bernstein frequently litigates and advises clients on pregnancy and disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation issues.
Ms. Bernstein has also handled single-plaintiff and class action matters involving wage and hour violations. She has defended claims brought before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Labor Commissioner.
Ms. Bernstein also conducts workplace investigations, provides employment-related training for management, and counsels employers on their rights and obligations under federal and state laws in all aspects of labor and employment compliance, including reductions in force, wage and hour audits, hiring and firing, disability related issues, employment policies and handbooks, and other employment related matters.
Ms. Bernstein developed her strong work ethic and competitive edge in her youth as one of the top ranking athletes in the United States in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics. As a member of the U.S. National Team, Ms. Bernstein represented the United States in international competition.