Sabrina L. Shadi

Partner

Los Angeles
T 310.442.8848  |  F 310.820.8859

Sabrina Shadi focuses her practice in the area of employment law, with an emphasis in age, sex, race and national origin harassment and discrimination matters, Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability discrimination claims, as well as wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, workers' compensation discrimination claims and OSHA issues. Sabrina's practice also involves the defense of class action matters, particularly with regard to wage and hour issues for companies in the hospitality, retail, health care, transportation and technology industries.  In addition, she provides training, investigates complaints and counsels employers in all aspects of personnel matters, including wage issues, harassment complaints, company-wide layoffs and terminations, and development of employee handbooks and policy and procedure manuals.

Select Experience

  • Developed and implemented wage and hour audits for a wide scope of clients, including those in the healthcare and hospitality industries.
  • Has assisted employers in termination and restructuring efforts, including preparation and coordination of separation pay plans, severance agreements, California and federal WARN Act compliance, and related issues.
  • Successfully represented clients in defense of putative class action cases, including achieving denial of class certification and grant of motion for summary judgment on behalf of hospitality client. Case concernednovel legal issues related to overtime pay.
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Experience

  • Developed and implemented wage and hour audits for a wide scope of clients, including those in the healthcare and hospitality industries.
  • Has assisted employers in termination and restructuring efforts, including preparation and coordination of separation pay plans, severance agreements, California and federal WARN Act compliance, and related issues.
  • Successfully represented clients in defense of putative class action cases, including achieving denial of class certification and grant of motion for summary judgment on behalf of hospitality client. Case concernednovel legal issues related to overtime pay.
  • Successfully mediated and negotiated numerous client favorable settlements to resolve complex and aggressively litigated putative wage and hour class actions, following strong motion practice.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of 10 putative class actions lawsuits on behalf of a hospitality client facing allegations of wage and hour violations and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims for over 9000 nonexempt employees. Settlement followed significant motion practice to achieve narrowing of parties and claims, including dismissal of certain PAGA claims, a named plaintiff and individual manager defendants, dismissal of one action by summary judgment, and dismissal of penalty claims from certain actions.Negotiated favorable settlement for grocery store chain in case involving wage and hour claims for potentially thousands of hourly employees in the state of California.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of two wage and hour class actions for medical center client brought on behalf of approximately 4,000 current and former employees within 90 days of entering case.
  • Advised aerospace company in a Cal/OSHA investigation of a fatality in a manufacturing facility. 
  • Assists clients with Cal/OSHA investigation process, negotiating with Cal/OSHA, appealing Cal/OSHA citations, and reclassifying citations to reduce penalties and diminish clients’ potential exposure.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section
  • California State Bar Association

Community

  • Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles: Board of Directors

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • California, 1999

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1996, magna cum laude