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Ankush Dhupar

Associate, Employment Law Department

Overview

Ankush Dhupar is an associate in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Traditional Labor. Mr. Dhupar has been practicing traditional labor for his entire career. He has extensive experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements and responding to unfair labor practice charges, election petitions, and organizing campaigns. Mr. Dhupar has represented employers in multiple unfair labor practice cases, including cases that have involved lengthy administrative trials. He has also represented employers on appeal before the NLRB in Washington, D.C., and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Dhupar also has significant experience drafting and negotiating project labor agreements (PLAs) on behalf of real estate developers, focusing on renewable energy, logistics, hospitality, residential, and complex mixed-use projects.

Mr. Dhupar’s experience in traditional labor predates his time with the firm. Prior to law school, he was a labor organizer for a large international union, which gives him a unique perspective on how employers can effectively anticipate and respond to union messaging and efforts.

Employment Law. Mr. Dhupar represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, retaliation, harassment, disability accommodation, employee mobility, and wage and hour issues in both single-plaintiff and class action matters. Mr. Dhupar has a robust practice advising employers on Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance and litigating class actions alleging violations of federal and state background check laws.  

Mr. Dhupar also advises employers facing the numerous practical and legal challenges associated with the ever-changing workplace, including those presented by employee activism, calls for increased diversity and inclusion, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Dhupar received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif with specializations in both Business Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies. While in law school, Mr. Dhupar served as Chief Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Raymond J. Ikola of the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Dhupar received his B.A. in both Economics and Political Science, cum laude, from UCLA.

Engagement & Publications

  • "The Future of Work: Workplace Activism & Diversity Inclusion" (2020).
  • "Understanding Worker (Mis)classification," Public Counsel (2019).
  • "Applicant Background Check & Criminal History Information: What You Need to Know Before You Request or Consider It" (2018).
  • "Union Tactics: What to Expect and How to Protect Against Them," HR Network Group (2017).
  • "California Employment Law Update," HR Network Group (2017).
  • "Legal Framework for Pay Discrimination Claims: Equal Pay Act and Title VII," ABA Labor and Employment Annual Conference (2016).
  • "Risks in the Cloud: Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks by Adhering to Ethical Duties, 2016 National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law" (2016).
  • "Preparing for the New Department of Labor Overtime Rule," Public Counsel (2016).

Practice Areas

Litigation
Employment Litigation
Workplace Retaliation and Whistleblower Defense
Employment Counseling and Preventive Advice
Employment Law

Languages

English
Hindi
Punjabi
Spanish

Admissions

California Bar

Education

UCLA School of Law, J.D. 2015
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 2008

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