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Suzanne M. Steinke

Partner, through her Professional Corporation - los angeles

Experience

Legal Expertise

  • Represents management in all areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wage and hour, and collective bargaining issues.
  • Defends employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies (e.g., DLSE, DFEH, EDD, and NLRB), as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Advises employers on complex personnel policies and decisions, such as discharge, disability and accommodation, leaves of absence, drug testing, and sexual harassment investigations.

Representative Matters

  • Successful representation of nationwide retailer in sexual harassment litigation.
  • Representation of talent agency in harassment and wrongful termination action, resulting in jury verdict for client on all causes of action.
  • Representation of various companies in wage and hour class or collective actions. The matters settled on favorable terms.
  • Successful representation of a major cultural institution in a disability discrimination and wrongful termination suit brought by a plaintiff who had been an employee for 24 years. After a five and a half day jury trial, the jury returned in just over an hour with a unanimous verdict in favor of the client.
  • Representation of a major motion picture studio in pregnancy discrimination action. The matter settled on favorable terms.
  • Representation of studios and networks in age discrimination class action, which settled on favorable terms.
  • Conducted wage and hour audits of a variety of businesses and job types and, where applicable, assisted in restructuring to meet business needs.
  • Defense of employers against unfair labor practice charges.
  • Representation of the major studios and networks in arbitration against the WGA which determined that a portion of a New Media deal was not retroactive.

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • President, City of Los Angeles Civil Service Commission
  • Prior Trustee, Hollywood Schoolhouse
  • Former Board member, Getty House Foundation
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

News

Events & Speaking Engagements

Admissions

  • California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Central District of California, 1996
  •    Eastern District of California, 1997
  •    Northern District of California, 1997
  •    Southern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, 1997
  •    Ninth Circuit

Education

University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 1996; Order of the Coif; cum laude

Articles Editor, Wisconsin Law Review

Stanford University, A.B., 1991

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