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Mr. Mavros

John Mavros

Attorney at Law, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

John Mavros, Attorney at Law, is a partner in Fisher Phillips' Irvine office. His practice involves representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. His practice also involves representing employers against unpaid compensation claims, including unpaid minimum wages, overtime, meal/rest period premiums, vacation pay, and/or business expenses, on both an individual and class action basis.

Mr. Mavros defends all types of businesses involved in civil litigation or arbitration. This includes defending claims brought before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE aka the Labor Board) and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. His practice also includes preventative counseling. He regularly assists employers with employee handbook preparation, wage/hour audits, new hire policies, employee compensation plans, severance agreements, reductions in force, and day-to-day workforce issues. He also conducts sexual harassment prevention training as mandated for all California employers by AB 1825.

Mr. Mavros is known for being responsive to the needs of his clients and providing a high level of service that his clients can trust. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for a hotel management company that focused on revitalizing and restoring profitability for hotels and motels. His experience in this industry has allowed him to provide unique insights for his hospitality clients and to understand that customer service is a number one priority.

Mr. Mavros is an active sponsor of the Asian American Hotel and Lodging Association (AAHOA) and the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association (AOCHLA). While in law school, he served on Chapman Law Review's Executive Board and served as an extern for the Honorable George P. Schiavelli of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, in Los Angeles.

Mr. Mavros can be contacted at 949-798-2134 or jmavros@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.