Janet's more than 20 years of experience as a business executive are a proven asset to her practice, allowing her to provide practical, real-world advice and counsel to her clients. She draws upon extensive management experience in addressing the concerns of multiple-location retail, restaurant, movie theatre and other businesses.
Janet represents employers in a wide range of disputes before state and federal courts, including wage/hour, misclassification, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims. Janet also defends employers in administrative proceedings before the Employment Development Department, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Janet provides advice and counsel aimed at preventing litigation, including advice on sexual harassment prevention, investigations, terminations of employment, reductions in force, employee disciplinary actions, creating personnel policies, and drafting employee handbooks.
Class Action Defense
Janet represents companies in wage and hour and ADA accommodation class actions. She works closely with companies to develop defense strategies designed to curtail or eliminate liability. She also works with companies to minimize risk of future actions.
Janet represents businesses in class action and individual Americans with Disabilities Act public accommodation disputes, as well as actions before the Department of Justice. She also provides preventative advice and counsel, works with clients to develop effective ADA policies and practices, and coordinates with experts on remediation.
Class Action Defense
Stoddart v. Express Services Inc.
Lead defense counsel in California wage-and-hour class action brought by transportation and warehouse storage workers against temporary staffing agency. (Ongoing)
Villasenor v. Green Farms Inc., d/b/a Worldwide Produce
Lead defense counsel currently finalizing successful settlement on behalf of large fruit and vegetable distributor based in southern California in wage-and-hour class action alleging non-exempt workers were denied meal and rest breaks. (2013)
Noe v. Sarnoff and Levy Premium Foods
Defense counsel defending Levy concerning claims of joint employer status relating to claims of missed meal and rest periods and misclassification as independent contractors. (Ongoing)
Wage hour class action for Southern California restaurant chain
Lead counsel brought into class action case previously handled by insurance counsel to mediate and successfully settle claims of missed meal and rest periods, failure to reimburse business expenses, and failure to pay overtime compensation. Followed through final approval process. (2013)
Henson v. Searles Valley Minerals Operations
Defense counsel in class action alleging unpaid overtime, violations of meal and rest period laws, related claims discrimination, failure to accommodate, and interference with alleged union-organizing. (2011)
Lucarini v. Dresser, Inc.
Defense counsel in wage and hour class action brought on behalf of oil industry technicians alleging violations of alternative work week, meal period, on-call time, and off-the-clock rules. (2010)
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness v. Cable News Network, Inc.
Defend high-profile class action case brought by disabled plaintiffs alleging violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act and California Disabled Persons Act and seeking to compel CNN.com to provide closed captioning on website videos. (Ongoing)
Crosby v. Pacific Theatres Exhibition Corp.
Lead defense counsel in class action litigation alleging violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Disabled Persons Act relating to assistive listening devices in movie theatres. (Ongoing)
Crosby v. Laemmle Theatres LLC
Lead defense counsel in class action litigation alleging violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Disabled Persons Act relating to assistive listening devices and closed captioning in movie theatres. (Ongoing)
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness v. Pacific Theatres Exhibition Corp.
Lead defense counsel in class action litigation alleging violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Disabled persons act relating to closed captioning in movie theatres. (2013)
Carr v. Dancing with the Stars, Ramirez v. Warner Bros., Pike v. Warner Bros., Johnson v. Turner Brodcasting and others
Lead defense counsel in cases alleging discrimination in public accommodations. (2008-2014)
Pre-litigation settlement of employment claims
Favorably settled employee claims alleging unpaid wages, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, missed meal periods and wrongful termination before lawsuits were filed. (Ongoing)
Single-plaintiff employment defense litigation for Bank of America N.A., Bank of America Home Loans, Merrill Lynch, Kaiser Permanente, and Stewart Enterprises
Represent large organizations in defending single-plaintiff employment matters—before and after the filing of a lawsuit—in the areas of discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, and breach of contract. (Ongoing)
Hooley v. City of Hope
Highly favorable outcome City of Hope concerning employee claims of disability discrimination and harassment. (2014)
Pre-litigation settlement for Alaska Airlines
Obtained quick, no-cost settlement against plaintiff who claimed missed meal breaks and overtime violations. Plaintiff withdrew all claims two months after demand letter. (2012)
Single-plaintiff litigation settlement for hotel chain
Favorably settled claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment for owner-developer of lifestyle hotel properties. Also drafted employment and separation agreements for management-level staff. (2012)
HR Advisors v. HR Now
Plaintiff's counsel in action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair business practices. Obtained preliminary injunction prohibiting unlawful solicitation of plaintiff's customers by its former executive-level employee. (2008)