Karen Corman’s diverse practice covers a broad range of labor and employment matters. Ms. Corman’s litigation experience includes defending employers in both federal and state court in individual and class action wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, as well as in arbitration and mediation, including:
- class actions brought in state court on behalf of employees claiming to have been misclassified as exempt and on behalf of exempt and nonexempt employees claiming unpaid overtime and vacation wages and meal and rest break violations;
- a putative class action charging that an employer’s recognition of economic losses under its net profit-based bonus plan resulted in illegal deductions from employee pay;
- a class action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging a popular local hotel with racially discriminatory recruitment and hiring practices; and
- obtaining summary adjudication of a former employee’s key claims against an entertainment industry trade association in a retaliatory discharge suit implicating high-profile movie industry figures.
An important focus of Ms. Corman’s practice is prevention through counseling, compliance audits and training. Ms. Corman is a content adviser to an international business ethics, compliance and training organization and regularly consults with clients in training management regarding hiring practices, sexual harassment laws and other employment laws. In addition, she assists employers with developing workplace policies and procedures.
Ms. Corman has volunteered her time in a Los Angeles Superior Court pilot program titled Civil Referee Assisted Settlement Hearing (CRASH). The program uses volunteer lawyers to help resolve employment-related lawsuits through negotiation instead of in a courtroom.
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1987
- B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1984 (magna cum laude)
Admissions : California
Associations : Board of Directors, Phoenix House
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