Julia Collins Riechert is a partner in the Silicon Valley office. Julia defends companies in class action, multi-plaintiff and single plaintiff wage-and-hour lawsuits under California and federal law.

She has experience litigating a wide variety of wage-and hour claims, such as claims of misclassification and for unpaid wages, off-the-clock work, meal and rest break penalties, expense reimbursement and vacation pay. She has assisted in successfully defeating class certification in wage-and-hour class actions, including for companies in the retail and technology industries, among others.

Julia represents companies and individual defendants in single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, as well as disability and leave of absence. She has handled many government agency charges for her clients, as well as government audits. She has also helped clients resolve pre-litigation matters arising from employment terminations.

Julia also has extensive experience advising companies on employee terminations, workplace investigations, discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints, compensation practices, performance management, meal and rest breaks, exempt/non-exempt classification, commission plans, independent contractor classification and policy implementation. She also regularly provides training for company workforces, including California’s mandatory sexual harassment training and management training on key employment issues and mitigating risk.

  • Julia’s clients have included retailers such as Gap, Gymboree, Chico’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., and Diane Von Furstenberg Studio, L.P. She has also represented many technology clients, including Genentech, Apple, Varian, Intuit, NVIDIA, Juniper Networks, VMware and Electronic Arts. She has also worked with a variety of start-up, private and new economy companies such as GitHub, Instacart and Lyft.

    Julia also performs pro bono work, including employment law training for small business owners and advising non-profit organizations on a variety of employment issues. She was also part of a team that obtained summary judgment for The Humane Society of the United States, upholding a California statute banning cruel animal trapping.

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