Rebecca Aragon has successfully litigated over 300 suits to conclusion. Her practice focuses on leading litigation, with particular emphasis on class action defense. She has a proven track record of guiding U.S., international, and foreign sovereign employers through the intricacies of federal and state employment laws to achieve favorable outcomes in matters involving wage and hour claims, contract disputes, arbitration agreement enforcement, trade secret claims, sovereign immunity, and claims of wrongful termination, whistleblowing and discrimination.
Rebecca provides clients with proactive strategies to manage litigation risk and ensure compliance with employment laws concerning disability accommodations, leaves of absence, discrimination, and wage and hour issues. She also counsels clients on matters involving employee hiring, discipline and termination, workplace policies, and labor implications of mergers and acquisitions.
In international matters, Rebecca advises foreign government employers regarding sovereign immunity issues and the application of federal and state employment laws to their personnel in the U.S. She assists U.S. clients with the creation of corporate entities and establishment of workforces in Mexico.
Rebecca represents companies employing Spanish-speaking workforces in the U.S. and Mexico. She provides Spanish language services concerning union avoidance, harassment prevention, policy training, and company investigations.
She drafts Spanish language employee handbooks, policies and arbitration agreements for clients. In litigation, Rebecca has special expertise deposing Spanish-speaking parties and witnesses and conducting Spanish language declaration campaigns in class actions.
Rebecca has represented companies in the retail, music, healthcare staffing, medical, gaming, defense contracting, credit counseling, fuel and airline industries. Examples of her significant matters include:
- Obtaining Complex Litigation Class Action court approval of settlement involving no payments to class members and nominal sum to plaintiff in class action alleging labor code violations
- Waging an effective declaration campaign resulting in plaintiffs’ abandonment of class action claims that thousands of computer technicians were misclassified as exempt professionals
- Negotiating the resolution of representative action wage claims involving unpaid intern allegations for no monetary, injunctive or other relief
- Prevailing on a motion to dismiss a federal wage and hour class action brought against a prominent non-profit organization by volunteers claiming employee status.
Rebecca is a widely published author and frequent lecturer on labor and employment issues affecting national, state and foreign sovereign employers. Her article entitled “#MeToo Claims Hit Foreign Sovereign Employers in the U.S.” was recently published in The Washington Diplomat.
In December 2018, Rebecca presented a comprehensive webinar on “Strategies Embassies and Consulate Offices Should Implement to Minimize Their Exposure to Employee Claims in the U.S. Before and After Litigation.”
Before joining Littler, Rebecca was a partner and chair of an AmLaw 100 national law firm’s labor and employment practice in Los Angeles, and a member of a prior law firm’s board of directors. She served for two years as a law clerk to the Hon.
Terry J. Hatter, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In law school, she was the editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Reporter.
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
- B.A., Yale University
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
Professional & Community Affiliations :
- Member, Board of Directors (and former two-term President), Latina Lawyers Bar Association
- Member, Board of Trustees, Mexican American Bar Foundation
- Member, Steering Committee, Just The Beginning Foundation, Los Angeles
- Member, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation sections, State Bar of California
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