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Admitted to Practice

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

Janet Grumer

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, restaurants, movie theatres and other businesses.

Employment Disputes
Janet represents employers in a wide range of disputes before state and federal courts, including wage and 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.

ADA Disputes
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.

Representative Experience

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)

ADA Disputes

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 Broadcasting and others

Lead defense counsel in cases alleging discrimination in public accommodations. (2008-2014)

Single-Plaintiff Litigation

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

Representing 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)

Kim v. Reins International California

Submitted amicus brief to the California Supreme Court on behalf of Restaurant Law Center, California Restaurant Association, and Chamber of Commerce in support of Reins International. Argued against the plaintiff’s support for expanding California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) to allow a plaintiff who voluntarily dismisses his or her claims against an employer to continue to pursue those claims under PAGA. (2019)

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)

Additional Qualifications

  • Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Landmark Theatres
  • Vice President, Human Resources and Risk Management, Mann Theatres
  • Management and Human Resources Consulting, various clients

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Scholarship Committee, National Association of Theatre Owners of California and Nevada

Professional Recognition

  • Received the "John M. Davis Award for Outstanding Legal Expertise," Davis Wright Tremaine, 2018
  • Named one of the "Most Influential Women Attorneys," Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2018
  • Selected to "Southern California Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2014
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