Nancy Inesta

Partner

Los Angeles
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Overview

Nancy Inesta advises and represents clients in connection with employment and traditional labor law issues. She is experienced in trial practice, including state and federal courts, as well as litigation before administrative bodies such as the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, California Labor Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Nancy also regularly engages in alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and arbitration. Through advice and counsel, Nancy is dedicated to helping clients avoid potentially costly labor and employment issues, particularly in California where the employment field is highly regulated. Nancy utilizes her strong negotiation and investigation skills handling difficult situations to achieve client goals.

Nancy also frequently presents to and trains clients on various topics, including "Union Awareness," "Preventing and Responding to Harassment and Retaliation in the Workplace" and with respect to accommodation issues and the interplay between California state and federal regulations.

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  • Experienced in defending employers against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, including defending against related preliminary injunction proceedings filed in federal court.
  • Assists clients in devising and implementing effective labor relations strategies to mitigate the impact of the recent "ambush election rules." Regularly trains management employees in effectively defending against union organizing efforts.
  • Assisted nonprofit client in defeating union organizing drive and election. Due to mail ballot election, which left little time to oppose union message, traditional campaign strategies were replaced by a more personalized campaign to maintain interest and ensure voting.
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Experience

  • Experienced in defending employers against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, including defending against related preliminary injunction proceedings filed in federal court.
  • Assists clients in devising and implementing effective labor relations strategies to mitigate the impact of the recent "ambush election rules." Regularly trains management employees in effectively defending against union organizing efforts.
  • Assisted nonprofit client in defeating union organizing drive and election. Due to mail ballot election, which left little time to oppose union message, traditional campaign strategies were replaced by a more personalized campaign to maintain interest and ensure voting.
  • Assisted in defeating union organizing drive for out-of-state water company that had recently gained ownership of California facilities. Assisted in advising employer on potential employee and labor issues. Employer won the election, but the Teamsters sought a new election. Nancy assisted in managing post-election campaign to keep pressure on union, which eventually dropped second election campaign.
  • Second chair in representation of individual defendant on behalf of airline against sexual harassment and retaliation claims in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Obtained dismissal of punitive damages claim prior to submission to jury. Jury returned full defense verdict on all remaining claims.
  • Second chair in representation of grocery store in case filed by former employee related to termination of his employment after 30 years. Utilized aggressive motion strategy to limit claims and damages exposure before case was presented to jury. The court granted several critical pretrial motions and limited potential damages by striking plaintiff's request for punitive damages. Obtained favorable post-trial settlement after motions for judgment notwithstanding verdict and for new trial were filed.
  • Defends California grocery chain in various single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination cases.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the National Labor Relations Act: Regional Chair

Admissions

  • California, 2004

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997, summa cum laude

Blog

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Employment Law Spotlight
UPDATE 2: Texas Legislature and Courts Clash With Cities Over Mandatory Sick Leave: What Employers Need to Know
By Courtney B. Warren
November 26, 2019
This is an update to previous posts from June 24, 2019 and July 31, 2019. On Friday, November 22, Bexar County Judge Peter Sakai ordered that San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance, which was scheduled to take effect December 1, be...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Not Dead Yet: The States' New Strategy for Attacking Independent Contractor Misclassification Can Be Relentless — and Costly.
By Todd H. Lebowitz
November 20, 2019
For years, state governments have claimed they were losing hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid withholdings as a result of independent contractor misclassification. Now, one state is making a grab for a massive piece of that pie —...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York City Extends NYCHRL Employment Protections to Freelancers and Independent Contractors
By Marc-Joseph Gansah, Amy J. Traub
November 18, 2019
On Oct. 13, 2019, New York City enacted Int. 136-A (the Law), expanding the employment protections of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) to freelancers and independent contractors. The Law will take effect on Jan. 11, 2020. The...
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Employment Law Spotlight
California Court of Appeal Determines Customer of Staffing Agency Is Employer Because of Direction and Control
By Eric W. Witt
November 8, 2019
In Jimenez v. U.S. Continental Marketing, Inc., the California Court of Appeal addressed whether the plaintiff and appellant, Elvia Velasco Jimenez, was an “employee” of a contracting employer under the California Fair Employment and...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Ahead of 2020 Election, New York City Issues Enforcement Guidance on National Origin and Immigration Status Discrimination
By Marc-Joseph Gansah, Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo
October 21, 2019
Immigration has been at the forefront of news reports and court cases recently, and has already proven to be a hot button issue for the 2020 election candidates to debate. As we move closer to the election, such political conversation may...
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