Exceptional Representation & Uncommon Results
We are Seattle-based trial lawyers focused on successfully representing employees against all sizes of employers. We have helped public and private employees from almost all backgrounds, experiences, and pay scales – from CEOs, royalty, and athletes, to hundreds of “blue-collar” workers and gig workers. We have litigated numerous cases through trial and appeal.
Many laws protect employees who have been suffering illegally at the hands of their employers. Most of these laws are complex and even experienced lawyers may not know which laws apply to a given situation. Even if they know the appropriate laws, they may not know how to timely and strategically move forward. Employment law is therefore prone to lawyers innocently making fatal mistakes. Moreover, many lawyers who represent employers are well-funded and consequently have exceptional resources.
Experienced Seattle Employment Lawyers
If you believe you have suffered illegally at the hands of your employer it is critical to find a lawyer with substantial experience in employment law who is willing to work extremely hard for you, including all the way through trial and appeals.
We have over 50 years of combined employment law experience.
But what makes us different from other experienced employment attorneys?
Focusing on Your Best Interests
Initially, we primarily listen to our clients. We ask a lot of questions. We want to understand what you want out of the legal process so that we can best represent your interests. We promise to stay in touch and communicate.
For most if not all of our clients, being a plaintiff in a lawsuit is beyond intense: it is life-altering. We try to make the process easy to understand and empower you. We want you to know you are heard and your wishes are acted upon.
We do not see our clients as a revenue stream. We see clients as partners. We can only represent our clients well to the extent that we really understand what they want. This is why we choose to only represent a select few clients at a time. It may not be the best financial model for a business but it allows us to be the best attorneys we can be.
By the time our clients walk in the door, most of them feel disrespected and taken advantage of. They have been treated poorly and most of them are financially vulnerable.
It is in their best interest to understand what is going on and to feel empowered. It is critical to have an advocate who listens and understands what you want. Our clients best interests are most clearly understood and communicated to us when they continue to have access to information and feel empowered to achieve uncommon results.
We have successfully represented employees in a wide variety of circumstances, including:
Unpaid Wages/Back Pay
For those who have suffered wage theft, we are extremely familiar and comfortable with the complexities of the Minimum Wage Act, FLSA, and other Washington and Seattle wage laws as well as their implementing regulations. We have litigated many successful cases under Washington State’s wage laws, including class actions, and obtained recovery under the state’s prevailing wage statute.
We have represented thousands of employees who have suffered wage theft. We have fought hard to obtain large settlements on behalf of the named plaintiffs and the class of employees they represent. We have recovered over $10 million in owed wages to these employees. We have successfully litigated class claims including recovering for unpaid overtime, off the clock work, unpaid prevailing wages, unpaid rest and meal breaks, unlawful deductions, unpaid service fees, and unpaid sick and safe time.
Whistleblowing / Retaliation
We have helped secure landmark decisions of national and state-wide significance for whistleblowers. The decisions impact almost all the federal environmental statutes protecting whistleblowers as well as one of the largest whistleblower judgments ever in the state of Washington. We have represented whistleblowers under many different circumstances – including retaliation based on complaints of racism, sexual harassment, corporate theft and fraud, worker health and safety, nuclear radiation contamination, governmental corruption, medical leave, highway safety, etc.
Discrimination / Harassment
For those who have suffered discrimination and harassment, we have extensive experience representing employees who are within almost all of the protected categories including age, race, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, and religion. We have extensive experience litigating under the following statutes: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race and national origin), 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (providing a private right of action against government actors for violations of the U.S. Constitution), and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. We have litigated against employers in conjunction with the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission even as we have litigated against other agencies of the U.S. government.
Medical Leave Rights
We have also represented employees whose rights under the federal and Washington State Family and Medical Leave Act have been compromised. We have also represented pregnant women under Washington’s new Healthy Starts Act.
We have successfully represented both employees and employers in disputes regarding unemployment benefits.
Advising Religious Non-Profits
We have also specifically provided advice to religious non-profits to help them comply with the above-listed laws.