Gabriela D. Flowers

Partner | Sacramento
Tel: 916.329.7433
Fax: 916.329.9050
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Gabriela D. Flowers is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and is co-chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Ms. Flowers also specializes in the Student and Litigation aspects of education law. Ms. Flowers routinely assists clients through both Certificated and Classified discipline and dismissal procedures, as well as defending unfair labor practice charges. Her Labor & Employment practice also includes grievance processing, contract interpretation, labor negotiations, employee leaves and responding to claims of discrimination filed with the DFEH, EEOC and DIR.

Ms. Flowers supports administrators and boards with matters concerning conflicts of interest, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act. In addition, she gives presentations on a variety of topics, including conflicts of interest, Form 700, the Brown Act and Board Governance.

Additional Experience

Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Flowers worked as an attorney at a public entity law firm, where she gained experience in labor and employment issues facing school districts and county offices of education, including: employee discipline, collective bargaining, contract interpretation, grievance processing and unfair labor practices. Ms. Flowers also has experience in a variety of matters that affect the provision of public education, including: governance and litigation.


Ms. Flowers earned her J.D. from University of California at Davis in 2010 and was recognized as a Public Service Law Program scholar. She received her B.A. in English from Santa Clara University (cum laude) and her B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Santa Clara University (cum laude), both in 2007. Ms. Flowers has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.

U.S. Supreme Court Lowers Threshold for Proving Harm in Title VII Employment Discrimination Cases

By: Gabriela FlowersJuliane Rossiter-

School Board Prevails Against PERB in For-Cause Dismissal of Union President

By: Megan MacyGabriela Flowers-

Congress Expands Federal Protections for Pregnant Workers

By: Gabriela FlowersAngela Okamura-

Legislation Roundup: Pre-Hearing Adverse Actions Against Classified Employees, and Recovery of Wage Overpayments

By: Gabriela Flowers-

Legislation Roundup: New Holidays, Extended Statute of Limitations for Mandatory Reporter Violations, and Health Benefits for Striking Employees

By: Gabriela FlowersCrystal Pizano-

New Law Prohibits Employers from Preventing Employee Disclosure of Alleged Workplace Discrimination and Harassment

By: Gabriela Flowers-

AB 438 Overhauls Classified Layoff Procedures

By: Gabriela Flowers-

Expiration of Expanded and Supplemental Leave under Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act and AB 1867

By: Gabriela Flowers-

The Effect of SB 820 on the Recording of Distance Learning

By: Gabriela Flowers-

California Court of Appeal Upholds Certificated Dismissal for School Counselor's Facebook Comments

By: Gabriela Flowers-

Layoffs Under SB 98

By: Gabriela FlowersMichelle Cannon-

U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Prohibits Workplace Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

By: Gabriela Flowers-

Contracting COVID-19 While Working Could Make Employees Eligible for Workers' Compensation Benefits

By: Gabriela FlowersSarah Fama-

Appellate Court Clarifies When School Employees are Eligible for Unemployment

By: Gabriela Flowers-

Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Temporary Employer-Paid Sick Leave and Employer-Paid FMLA Leave for Childcare

By: Gabriela Flowers-

Public Agency Employer Responses to COVID-19: Labor and Employment Implications

By: Gabriela Flowers-

Settlement Agreements To Resolve Employment Claims Filed By A Person Against Their Employer Can No Longer Contain No-Rehire Clauses

By: Gabriela Flowers-

California Expands Definition Of Domestic Partners To Include Opposite Sex Couples

By: Gabriela FlowersCarolyn Gemma-

Final Rule Increases Minimum Salary Threshold For FLSA Overtime Exemptions

By: Gabriela FlowersJanae Castellani-

PERB Articulates Duties Of Employer When Faced With Internal Union Strife

By: Gabriela FlowersAngela Okamura-

Department Of Labor Opinion Says Family Medical Leave Allowed For Parental Attendance At IEP Meetings At School

By: Gabriela Flowers-

New Law Clarifies Anti-Discrimination Laws Include Hair Discrimination

By: Gabriela FlowersJoshua Whiteside-

Episode 52 Personnel Actions and the March 15th Deadline - Are You Ready?

By: Michelle CannonGabriela Flowers-

Host Sloan Simmons joins partners and Lozano Smith Labor and Employment Co-Practice Group Leaders Michelle Cannon and Gabriela Flowers to discuss several important school district labor and employment deadlines that all fall on March 15. This brief but information packed episode includes discussion on various types of release from employment as well as layoffs. Additionally, this year, for the first time ever, classified layoffs are subject to the same deadline.

Fall 2019 Legislative Roundup - Labor & Employment Bills

By: Sloan SimmonsMichelle CannonGabriela Flowers-

Host Sloan Simmons talks with Lozano Smith partners Michelle Cannon and Gabriela Flowers, co-chairs of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group, about important new labor and employment laws passed in 2019 and how they will impact public agency employers in the new year. Topics covered include employment classifications, probationary periods for classified public school employees, new lactation accommodation requirements, settlement agreements with employees, and expansion of anti-discrimination laws, among others. This a must listen as we head into the new year, as most of these new laws become effective January 1, 2020, and may require changes to agency policies.