Jessica’s discrimination, harassment and retaliation practice focuses largely
on representing employers facing claims of discrimination and harassment on the
basis of gender, race, disability and age, and other protected categories. Recently, Jessica obtained a complete defense verdict in Pao v. Kleiner
Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case,
recognized as a 2016 ‘Top Verdict’ by the Daily Journal. Following six weeks of trial, a San Francisco jury rejected all of plaintiff’s
claims that she was passed over for promotion because of her gender and
complaints about discrimination. Jessica is also defending several leading tech companies in putative class actions challenging pay and promotion systems as gender biased.
Jessica leads a number of significant wage-and-hour class action matters,
focusing on overtime, minimum wage, vacation and personal days, meal and rest
break penalties, reporting time wages, expense reimbursements, waiting-time
penalties, Private Attorney General Act penalties and work uniform violations.
In addition, she also has experience advising companies in the emerging sharing
and gig economy on strategic business decisions including the classification of
those providing services.
Jessica has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations
and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor
Standards Enforcement, and assists in the development of compensation policies
and measures designed to reduce potential exposure.