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

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
Welcome to Turkmenistan: Joint Employment Rules Rescinded, Leaving Massive Crater in FLSA Regulations
July 29, 2021
No visit to Turkmenistan would be complete without a visit to the Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell. This massive crater formed decades ago after a Soviet drilling rig collapsed. Roughly 40 years ago, the Soviets lit...
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Employment Law Spotlight
New NYC Law Requires Two-Step Background Checks and Expands List of Pre-Adverse Action Factors
July 26, 2021
The New York City Fair Chance Act (FCA) amendments expand protections for individuals with a criminal record and impose new obligations on employers that conduct background checks. The changes take effect July 29, 2021. The amendments...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Pennsylvania Employers Beware: The State’s Highest Court Expands the Bounds of Compensable Time
July 22, 2021
In a 5-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that employers in the state must now pay employees for time spent on their premises when waiting for – and undergoing – required security searches. The court explained that this period...
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Employment Law Spotlight
Update on the NY HERO Act: What the NY COVID-19 Worker Protection Law Means for Employers
By Justin A. Guilfoyle
July 20, 2021
On May 5, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) into law. As discussed in an earlier BakerHostetler post, this law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response...
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Employment Law Spotlight
California Enacts COVID-19 Sick Leave for Workers
By Nancy Inesta, Joseph S. Persoff
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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