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

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Employment Law Spotlight
AB 2457: A Potential Helping Hand for California Employers in a Time of Need
By Shareef Farag, Carter L. Norfleet
June 3, 2020
With the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 forcing businesses to shut their doors for months, coupled with resulting furloughs and layoffs, California employers could use a helping hand. Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) has...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Wage and Hour Division Issues Two Employer-Friendly Rules
By Shareef Farag, David A. Grant
May 22, 2020
This week, the Wage and Hour Division announced the issuance of two rules interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that modernize its application and lessen the burden of overtime calculations for certain employers. First, the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New Jersey's Expansion of Family Leave for COVID-19
By Fanny A. Ferdman
April 20, 2020
On Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2374) to expand the New Jersey Family Leave Act (NJFLA). The basic idea behind it is to ensure that eligible employees who need to take time off to care for a family member during the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York Passes Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law
By Fanny A. Ferdman, Saima Z. Sheikh
April 9, 2020
Just weeks after New York state implemented an Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law, late last week, New York state passed a statewide paid sick leave (State PSL) law as part of its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget. The new law, which adds...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New York State Passes Statewide Paid Sick Leave Related to COVID-19
By Saima Z. Sheikh, Amy J. Traub
March 19, 2020
Last night, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed a bill into law that provides statewide paid sick leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic to employees in order “to address the immediate need of employees affected by COVID-19 who are...
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