Charles L. Thompson, IV

Shareholder San Francisco

Charles L. Thompson IV counsels and defends employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, and other employment-related matters.  These areas include trade secrets and unfair competition, California and federal leaves of absence, ADA compliance, and wage and hour compliance.

Charles also represents employers in traditional labor law matters. He advises and represents employers in collective bargaining. He also represents employers in matters before the National Labor Relations Board, including in unfair labor practice and representation hearings. In addition, he represents employers in discharge and contract interpretation arbitrations.

He creates and provides workplace training programs to California employers on sexual harassment, workplace violence, corrective action and discipline, workplace investigations, managing the borderline employee, and avoiding wrongful termination claims.

Charles was a judicial clerk for The Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He has been a faculty member of San Francisco Law School, where he taught constitutional law and employment discrimination law.

Charles also has served as President of and outside counsel to Mission Neighborhood Centers, a non-profit organization providing social services to the Mission District in San Francisco, California.  In addition, he has served as First Vice President, Secretary and outside counsel to the NAMES Project Foundation, sponsor of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.


  • Obtained unanimous jury verdict in San Francisco, CA, in favor of the employer and individual defendant, following employee's claims of same-sex sexual harassment, national origin discrimination relating to language use, and retaliation.

Representative industries:

  • Building maintenance, facility, and operations
  • Staffing
  • Health care
  • Hospitality restaurant
  • Food manufacturing
  • Transportation

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Employment and Litigation Sections)
  • San Francisco Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Northern California Human Resources Association Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco (“BOMA”)


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''When Employees Return From Leave, the Journey for HR Continues'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Paid Sick Leave Laws Update—The Latest Compliance Challenges'' - San Diego - May 05, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''“Headline News”—The Perfect Start to Your Workplace Strategies'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Navigating California Employment Law Seminar - ''Choose Your Own Adventure - Accommodating Disability in California'' - Napa - March 04, 2017
  • California Staffing Professionals - ''Employment Law Update'' - Mountain View - February 16, 2011
  • Employer Advisory Council - ''Surviving Leaves of Absence in California'' - Sonoma - January 12, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Eye on Employment Law'' - San Francisco - October 26, 2010
  • HR Star Conference - ''Preparing for the Coming Upturn'' - San Francisco - July 14, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Managing Medical Information'' - San Francisco - November 17, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''EFCA and Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act'' - San Francisco - July 30, 2009
  • San Francisco Employer Advisory Council - ''Mastering Leaves of Absence in California'' - San Francisco - June 04, 2009
  • Northern California Human Resources Association - ''Employment Litigation Trends'' - San Francisco - December 11, 2008
  • Council on Education in Management - ''How to Design a Proactive Reasonable Accommodations Process'' - Huntington Beach - October 30, 2008
  • Northern California Human Resources Association - ''Wage and Hour Update'' - San Francisco - November 13, 2007

Our Insights

San Francisco's Amended Fair Chance Ordinance Takes Effect with Updated Notice Requirements

October 30, 2018

Governor Brown Signs Final Round of Employment-Related Legislation

October 04, 2018

California Amends Pay Equity Law, Providing Clarity for Employers

August 22, 2018

New California Law Protects Victims, Witnesses, and Employers From Damages to Alleged Sexual Harassers’ Reputations

July 18, 2018

Federal Court Preliminarily Enjoins California Immigrant Worker Protection Act Employer Penalties

July 18, 2018

California Expands Harassment Training Requirements

October 17, 2017

San Francisco Imposes New Lactation Accommodation Requirements

August 02, 2017

San Francisco to Ban Employers From Considering Salary History

August 01, 2017

Employer Discretion Advised: The Latest on San Francisco’s Cutting-Edge Parental Leave Ordinance

March 13, 2017

Los Angeles Implements Paid Sick Leave Policy That Doubles State Mandate

June 15, 2016

San Francisco on the Verge of Imposing Employer-Funded Paid Parental Leave: FAQs on the Groundbreaking Ordinance

April 05, 2016

Pasadena Joins Growing List of California Cities Imposing City Minimum Wage

March 29, 2016

Santa Monica Adopts Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance for Hotel Workers

March 29, 2016

Santa Monica Adopts Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance

March 29, 2016

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves “Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights”

December 03, 2014

FAQs on California’s Paid Sick Leave Law

November 10, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: California Legislature Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill

August 31, 2014

California’s New Disability Regulations Highlight the Importance of an Interactive Process

January 22, 2013

California’s New Disability Regulations: Clarifying the Interactive Process

January 15, 2013

California’s New Pregnancy Disability Regulations: What Every Employer Should Know

January 04, 2013


Media Quotes

July 30, 2018 - SHRM Online - "When Are California Employees Eligible for Leave?"
March 21, 2018 - National Law Journal - "Why Management Lawyers Are Tracking DOJ's Suit Against California"
May 08, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Waiting Periods for Vacation Accruals May Be on the Way Out"