Hoquiam, Washington Employment Lawyers
Valarie has written and co-authored several papers for legal publications and periodicals and has been a frequent speaker on legal matters at educational and business seminars. She is a member of the Pierce County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers.
Patty has lived in Seattle for over 40 years and has been involved in legal advocacy for individuals her entire career. She is committed to collaborative negotiation and exploring all methods for resolving employment disputes without resorting to litigation. She obtained her JD from University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1989 where she...
Trish conducts workplace investigations on topics ranging from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to general misconduct, ethics violations, and bullying. Organizations rely on her to ensure a thorough and impartial process with clear, carefully reasoned findings that help them make well-informed decisions. Trish takes care to treat all involved with dignity, respect, and sensitivity. Her investigative experience spans more than 200 cases, a broad...
In her commercial litigation practice, Stephanie focuses on complex business disputes, disputes between members of closely held companies and trust and estate litigation. She represents corporations, closely held businesses, fiduciaries as well as individual parties involved in these types of...
He has briefed and argued multiple appeals, including cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. In his practice he has represented families in wrongful death cases, victims in sexual abuse cases, and many returning U.S. service members who face discrimination or retaliation in the workplace.
When he’s not working, he’s blazing trails, scaling peaks, and skiing with his...
Shelly joined GTH in 2011. A graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, she began her legal career in Alaska, first serving as a judicial law clerk for...
During law school, Vanessa served on the National Trial Team and on the Editorial Board of the Gonzaga Law Review. She also worked for the Office of the Attorney General as an intern representing the Department of Social and Health Services. After law school, Vanessa obtained “behind...
Mindful that most people seldom interact with the legal system, Eric uses his knowledge and experience to guide his...
Mr. Teller has been an employment discrimination and Qui Tam lawyer for over 25 years. His practice is focused on employees in sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. He represents whistleblowers against retaliation, for exposing fraud against the United States government in False Claims Act and Qui Tam actions, and injured clients.
Andrea joined GTH in 2005 after graduating from Seattle University School of Law,...
Diverse legal background with 15+ years’ experience delivering comprehensive legal support on a variety of corporate matters including contracts, mergers, and acquisitions, real-estate, insurance, risk management, capital projects, taxation, and audits. Demonstrated expertise in managing outside counsel and associated costs. Possess the range of qualifications to function successfully in both in-house and contract capacities for companies across varied sectors including technology, food/beverage, and agriculture.
Corporate & Regulatory Compliance
Risk Assessment & Mitigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Trademark & Software Licensing
Client Relationship Management
If client loyalty and satisfaction are any measure of an attorney’s success, then Warren has a lot to proud of. After 30 years, he continues to represent his first legal client, a chain of locally owned grocery stores. In fact, he has worked for many of his clients for several decades. Some of his other long-term clients include Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Housing Authority,...
Problems in the workplace?
Employment law governs the relationship between workers and their employers. This law, contained in federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions, specifies the rights and restrictions applicable to each party in the workplace.
This area of law regulates such issues as employee benefits, discipline, hiring, firing, leave, payroll, and health and safety in the workplace. It also encompasses non-compete agreements, retaliation, severance, unemployment compensation, pensions, whistle-blowing, worker classification, wage garnishment, work authorization for non-U.S. citizens, worker's compensation, and employee handbooks.
Both federal and state laws govern the relationship between employees and employers. Federal laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on certain characteristics. Many states have enacted their own laws similar to federal ones (and sometimes are more stringent). Cities and counties also can enact ordinances that affect employee rights, such as local minimum wage laws.
Employment lawyers can choose to accept only employees as clients, only employers, or both. Some attorneys focus on a specific area of employment law, such as workers' compensation, whistleblowing or discrimination, but many can handle a wide range of employment law issues.
Essential job functions: The fundamental job duties of the employment position that the individual with a disability holds or desires. The term essential functions does not include marginal functions of the position.
Exempt employee: An employee who is not entitled to the minimum wage or overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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