We are a premier consulting firm specializing in job analysis, work measurement, and organizational analysis. Lamorinda conducts objective, scientifically sound job studies and provides expert testimony regarding compliance with federal and state employment and wage/hour laws. Our studies have been used by well over 100 companies and legal counsel (both plaintiff and defense) for a variety of purposes including organizational and systems changes, lawsuit prevention and litigation.
Our reputation for conducting objective, scientifically sound studies and providing valid, empirically based consulting services has made us a leading expert firm in class action wage/hour and employment discrimination cases. Founder and President of Lamorinda, Dr. Cristina Banks, is a noted expert in job analysis, work measurement, and wage/hour law, and she has served as a testifying expert in approximately 70 cases. Dr. Kevin Murphy, also a noted expert in job analysis, assessment systems, test validation and employment discrimination, has assisted companies and legal counsel in the development and implementation of valid, fair and legally compliant HR systems. He has served as a testifying witness for both plaintiffs and defense in over 25 employment discrimination cases.
Together, Banks and Murphy form a formidable expert team covering a large range of employment and wage/hour issues and have established a track record of execution at the highest levels of scientific rigor and defensibility. Collectively, Lamorinda consultants have published many books, chapters, and articles on the subject of wage/hour and discrimination issues and compliance and are frequently sought for their advice and counsel on a variety of labor and employment topics. Both Dr. Banks and Dr. Murphy are elected Fellows of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association and both have been honored for their work.
Lamorinda consultants possess decades of experience conducting job studies, performing work analyses, and evaluating adverse impact for a variety of purposes. Lamorinda consultants have over 26 years of experience collecting data to assist in the resolution of misclassification issues and meal and rest break compliance issues alone. Over the last three decades, Dr. Banks and her staff have conducted hundreds of job studies using a variety of methodologies, including extensive job questionnaires, work experience surveys, and time and motion (observational) studies. Results of this work have helped clients to modify jobs and company operations to improve organizational functioning as well as ensure compliance with labor and employment laws.
Dr. Murphy also has conducted decades of research on assessment methodologies, employee abilities, human behavior, and employment law compliance. He has been appointed to numerous posts for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the US Navy. Both Banks and Murphy hold faculty appointments at top-tier universities in addition to their consulting engagements.