Abel Nair

Senior Lawyer

Abel Nair is an employment litigator with nearly two decades of experience who represents employees of public entities and private businesses who have been discriminated / harassed, wrongfully terminated, or retaliated against. Mr. Nair handles a broad array of employment disputes, ranging from single-plaintiff sexual harassment matters to multi-plaintiff whistleblower retaliation cases. He is particularly known for his work on behalf of public sector employees, including law enforcement officers and firefighters, and he is one of the few Los Angeles employment attorneys well-versed in public entity law.

During his tenure with McNicholas & McNicholas, Mr. Nair has recovered nearly $20 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of plaintiffs. He has successfully defeated 23 summary judgement motions to dismiss cases, giving plaintiffs the opportunity to seek justice and hold entities accountable for violating the Fair Employment Housing Act and the Labor Code. Mr. Nair’s notable results include: a $3 million whistleblower/retaliation settlement for LA firefighters; a $3 million whistleblower/retaliation settlement for Whittier officers; and a $1.5 million settlement on behalf of Compton firefighters who were discriminated against. In 2018, he was recognized by Top Verdict for obtaining two of the highest Civil Rights and Labor & Employment verdicts in California.

Mr. Nair is admitted to practice law before all California State Courts, as well as the United States District Court, Central District.

$2.75 Million

Verdict for Los Angeles Fire Department employee wrongfully kicked out of the Dive Safety Board.

$1.5 Million

Settlement for two Compton Fire Department firefighter recruits in a discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

$1.3 Million

Settlement for LAPD employee who engaged in protected activity and was not protected following a death threat.

$950,000

Settlement in LAPD Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit disability discrimination lawsuit.

$900,000

Settlement for a Housing Authority electrician in a race discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

Abel-Nair

Top 50 Labor & Employment Settlements in California 2018 – Top Verdict

Top 40 Civil Rights Settlements in California 2018 – Top Verdict

Education

Professional Associations & Memberships

Honors & Awards

  • National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Finalist, 2021
  • Top 50 Labor & Employment Settlements in California 2018 – Top Verdict
  • Top 40 Civil Rights Settlements in California 2018 – Top Verdict

Noteworthy Results

  • $3 million settlement in a multi-plaintiff lawsuit against the Los Angeles Fire Department.
  • $3 million settlement in a multi- plaintiff whistleblower lawsuit against the Whittier Police Department involving an illegal ticket/arrest quota.
  • $2.75 million verdict for a Los Angeles Fire Department employee wrongfully kicked out of the Dive Safety Board.
  • $1.5 million settlement for two Compton Fire Department firefighter recruits who were discriminated, harassed and retaliated against due to their disabilities.
  • $1.3 million settlement for a Los Angeles Police Department employee who engaged in protected activity and was not protected following a death threat.
  • $950,000 settlement for a Senior Investigator against the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in a sexual harassment, race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
  • $950,000 settlement in a Los Angeles Police Department Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit disability discrimination lawsuit.
  • $900,000 settlement for a Housing Authority electrician in a race discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
  • $875,000 settlement for a Los Angeles Police Department officer who was subjected to gender discrimination.
  • $500,000 settlement in a sexual harassment/retaliation lawsuit against The Habit Burger Grill.
  • $500,000 settlement in a Los Angeles Police Department race discrimination lawsuit.
  • $495,000 settlement in a Los Angeles Police Department Retaliation lawsuit where Plaintiff was sent to a Board of Rights.
  • $450,000 settlement in a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power race discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
  • $450,000 settlement for a Los Angeles Police Department employee retaliated against by being wrongfully kicked out of VJS.
  • $250,000 settlement for a nurse injured by a crumbling ceiling.

In the News

McNicholas & McNicholas Case Ranked Top 50 Labor & Employment in the U.S. and CA; Top 20 Civil Rights Settlements in California for 2018 by TopVerdict.com

November 12, 2019

Partner Matthew McNicholas and Associate Abel Nair’s $1.5 million settlement in Carrillo v. City of Compton was ranked by TopVerdict.com…

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