Elisabeth C. Watson is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s downtown Los Angeles office. A member of the firm’s Wage & Hour practice group, Ms. Watson represents and advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.
Ms. Watson has extensive experience representing employers in single plaintiff and class action litigation involving harassment; discrimination; retaliation; wrongful termination; False Claims Act and other whistleblowers claims; independent contractor/common law employee status; unfair labor practices, OSHA, unfair competition and trade secret claims; and wage and hour issues.
Ms. Watson also spends significant time on the counseling, preventive planning and defense of wage and hour class actions and representative actions under California Business and Professions Code § 17200. In addition, Ms. Watson has successfully defended employers against administrative claims and has counseled employers with respect to OFCCP and other government audits.
Ms. Watson also has extensive experience drafting employment contracts and severance agreements, reviewing personnel policies, preparing affirmative action plans, and advising employers with respect to terminations, large-scale reductions in force and reorganizations, trade secrets, and other employment-related issues.
Ms. Watson has conducted workplace investigations and provided corporate training regarding a wide array of employment topics, such as common law employee/independent contractor issues, sexual harassment, conducting workplace investigations, legal compliance issues for HR personnel, and wage and hour issues.
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (1996)
- Member, The Tax Lawyer
- B.A., Wellesley College (1991)
- American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
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