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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Betsy Carroll

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Betsy Carroll represents clients in state and federal courts on matters related to discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, breach of contract, criminal background investigations, and other employment-related claims. She has won summary judgments and argued before a jury in a harassment case that resulted in a unanimous defense verdict for her client. Betsy also has resolved employment disputes before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, as well as through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. She also guides clients through investigations by administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), DFEH, and others.

In her counseling practice, Betsy also helps employers comply with wage and hour laws, prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and manage other sensitive employment topics such as workforce reductions, accommodations, privacy rights and performance reviews. She provides tailored training for employers on topics including sexual harassment prevention and conducting internal investigations.

Betsy provides employment law support in corporate transactional matters, particularly for high-profile companies in the hospitality, consumer products, and technology industries. She conducts due diligence reviews of employment policies and records, drafts employment agreements that meet business goals and at the same time comply with state and federal employment laws, and helps prepare merger agreements.

Representative Experience

Abad v. The Walt Disney Company

Defended Disney in a case alleging gender and pregnancy discrimination by a former marketing employee who resigned her employment and alleged constructive termination. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the client. (2017)

Rowell v. Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and CBS Corporation

Successfully defended Sony Pictures and CBS on claims for discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law brought by an longtime actor who had appeared on a televised soap opera. The District Court dismissed, with prejudice, all but one claim, which later was dismissed voluntarily by plaintiff. The case currently is on appeal. (Ongoing)

Zuniga v. The Walt Disney Company

Defended Disney in a case alleging disability discrimination. A former employee alleged that she could no longer report to her supervisor due to stress and anxiety and requested a new position. Although she was given paid time to find a new job, she filed a lawsuit alleging failure to accommodate. Obtained summary judgment. (2017)

Asia Fowler V. Cedars Sinai Medical Center

Defended Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in action alleging violation of Labor Code section 432.7 and the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRA”), California Civil Code section 1786, et seq. Obtained summary judgment as to all claims as well as a California Court of Appeal decision affirming the trial court ruling. (2014)

Dennis v. Beachwood Services

Defended entertainment production company in claims alleging race discrimination, harassment, and violation of public policy. Summary judgment granted on all claims. (2014)

Giron v. Walt Disney Pictures

Obtained unanimous defense verdict in a sexual harassment case after eight-day jury trial. Prior to trial, the Davis Wright Tremaine team secured summary judgment as to the corporate defendants as to all discrimination claims. (L.A. Cnty. (Cal.) Sup. Ct. 2012, 2013)

Estrella v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

Defended company and four financial analysts in case alleging sexual harassment, constructive discharge and retaliation. Former employee-plaintiff dropped all charges without settlement, and court ordered complaint to be sealed. (S.D. Cty. (Cal.) Sup. Ct. 2012)

WebQuest, Inc. v. Lupe Fuentes, LLC

Won judgment following bench trial on behalf of WebQuest in breach of contract case alleging defendants failed to indemnify plaintiff in copyright lawsuit arising from content provided by defendants. (L.A. Cty. (Cal.) Sup. Ct. 2012)

Additional Qualifications

  • Module Leader, School of Business and Law, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, 2010
  • Litigation Associate, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Silicon Valley Office, East Palo Alto, Calif., 2004-2009
  • Clinical Law Student, Workers' Rights Program, East San Jose Community Law Center, San Jose, Calif., 2002-2003
  • Legal Intern, Civil Rights Section, State of Ohio, Office of the Attorney General, Columbus, Ohio, 2002
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