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.

Select 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.
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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

Recognitions

  • The Los Angeles Business Journal "Woman of Influence - Attorneys" (2021)
  • The Legal 500 United States (2021)
    • Recommended in Labor and Employment: Labor-management relations
    • Recommended in Labor and Employment: Workplace and employment counseling

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

In The Blogs

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Employment Law Spotlight
The Department of Labor's Latest Final Rule Publication Regulates Managers Who Receive Tips and Delineates Willful Violations of the FLSA
By David A. Grant, Caroline M. Landt
September 29, 2021
“Drip, drip, drip” is the best description of the Biden administration’s staggered attack on the 2020 Tip Final Rule through delays, withdrawals, amendments and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The latest action by the Department of...
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Employment Law Spotlight
12 Quick Takeaways from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force's Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors
By Marc A. Antonetti
September 27, 2021
On Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force published its new guidance pursuant to the president’s recent executive order directing that all federal contractors’ employees be vaccinated. The detailed 14-page guidance...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Sharply Divided En Banc 5th Circuit Opines on Salary Basis Requirement for Day Rate Employees Under the FLSA
By Paul M. Knettel, Peter J. Stuhldreher
September 13, 2021
In a 12-6 split decision, the en banc 5th Circuit Thursday evening released its ruling in Hewitt v. Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., Case No. 19-20023, addressing the issue of when an employee paid a daily rate can qualify for the...
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Employment Law Spotlight
BREAKING: OSHA's Vaccine Mandate and Unionized Employer Bargaining Obligations
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
September 10, 2021
President Biden has just announced that he is tasking OSHA with implementing a new emergency rule mandating that employers with at least 100 employees either require their workforce to be vaccinated or require unvaccinated employees to...
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Employment Law Spotlight
California Enacts COVID-19 Sick Leave for Workers
By Nancy Inesta
September 11, 2020
This week, California enacted a law, Assembly Bill (AB) 1867, providing supplemental COVID-19-related sick leave to food-sector workers and any worker employed by a company with 500 or more employees nationwide. The law requires employers...
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