Menaka N. Fernando — Employment attorney, San Francisco, CA

Menaka N. Fernando


MENAKA N. FERNANDO is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in San Francisco, where she represents individual employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Ms. Fernando worked as an associate at the Dolan Law Firm focusing on plaintiff-side employment litigation, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Ms. Fernando also helped present “know your rights” seminars in the community. Previously, Ms. Fernando worked as an associate at Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP where she litigated employment and police excessive force cases. Ms. Fernando works actively on legislative campaigns on behalf of workers’ rights through the California Employment Lawyers Association and has testified several times before the California State Legislature.

Ms. Fernando received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 and her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2010. Before law school, Ms. Fernando worked for international grassroots peace and justice organizations and worked as a paralegal at a civil rights law firm.

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Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

  • Ms. Fernando is admitted to practice in California, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California.

  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)

  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)

  • Member, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)

  • Member, South Asian Bar Association of Northern California

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Speaking Engagements


  • Speaker: "HIV/AIDS Discrimination in Employment, Beyond Prevention: The Obstacles in Defeating HIV," UC Hastings, Women's Law Journal Annual Symposium, San Francisco, CA


  • Moderator: "Religious Discrimination Panel," CELA, Conference, Oakland, CA
  • Speaker: "Pregnancy Discrimination Know Your Rights," Seminar, San Francisco, CA
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Publications & Articles

Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Salary Histories Are Off Limits

Jennifer Schwartz and Menaka N. Fernando, O&G Employment Law Blog, July 19, 2018

California Enacts Important New Parental Leave Law

Jennifer Schwartz and Menaka N. Fernando, O&G Employment Law blog, October 20, 2017

Why Men Should be Taking Family Leave in California – and Elsewhere

Jennifer Schwartz and Menaka Fernando, O&G Employment Law Blog, August 18, 2017

A Reflection on Workforce Development Week

Menaka N. Fernando, O&G Employment Law Blog, June 20, 2017

Domestic Labor and Human Trafficking: Rights and Resources

Menaka N. Fernando, O&G Employment Law Blog, June 20, 2017

Job Protection Must Be Part of Any Family Leave Laws

Menaka N. Fernando, O&G Employment Law Blog, August 3, 2016

Females’ pay inequity in tech industry needs more than ‘karma’ to be corrected

Menaka Fernando, Guest Column, San Francisco Examiner, October 16, 2014

Universal Jurisdiction, Research Handbook of International Criminal law

Menaka N. Fernando, Co-authored chapter with UC Hastings Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Brown, Bartram, 2012

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Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2018

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