Thomas R. Kaufman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Century City office. Mr. Kaufman’s practice is in employment litigation defense, with a subspecialty in California Labor Code and federal wage/hour class actions.
Mr. Kaufman has handled class litigation matters for a wide variety of industries, including banks and mortgage lenders, hospitals, information technology and communications companies, restaurants, and other retailers. Mr. Kaufman also is experienced in litigating individual employment discrimination cases, including winning several jury trials in such matters.
- J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
- Supreme Court of the United States of America
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- Ibarra v. Manheim Investments, Inc., 775 F.3d 1193 (9th Cir. 2015). Reversed district court order remanding case and established more employer-friendly test for removing cases to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act.
- Vinole v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 571 F.3d 935 (9th Cir. 2009) (affirming 246 F.R.D. 637 (S.D. Cal. 2007)). Motion to deny class certification granted as to purported class of several thousand Home Loan Consultants. Disapproved line of anti-employer class certification decisions.
- Steinhebel v. Los Angeles Times Communications, LLC, 126 Cal.App.4th 696 (2005). Obtained summary judgment in $7 million class action alleging that defendant unlawfully charged back commissions it had previously advanced to its telesales employees for new subscription sales when those subscriptions were canceled in the first 28 days. Argued case on appeal, resulting in published affirmance of summary judgment.
- Garcia v. Stericycle, Inc., BC367878 (Los Angeles Superior Court). One-week jury trial in downtown Los Angeles on claims for disability discrimination, failure to accommodate and whistleblower retaliation. After only 90 minutes of deliberation, obtained a defense verdict on all counts.
- Friedman v. Symantec Corp., BC367878 (Los Angeles Superior Court). Two-week jury trial in downtown Los Angeles for fraud, breach of contract and failure to pay wages to high-paid salesperson. After less than two hours of deliberation, unanimous jury awarded complete defense verdict.
- Moultrup v. The Staubach Co., BC281068 (Los Angeles Superior Court). Began as a ten-day jury trial in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Allegations of breach of executive employment contract and fraud. Five days into the trial, Plaintiff agreed to dismiss his case in exchange for a waiver of costs.
- Advantage Services adv. Ramirez, BC368131 (Los Angeles Superior Court) (improper deductions from temporary employee’s to cover cost of safety belts and meal period violations).
- Balboa Life & Casualty adv. E. Zamora, BC360026 (Los Angeles Superior Court) (failure to provide accurate wage statements to non-exempt employees).
- Countrywide Financial Corp. adv. Arpajian, BC392136 (Los Angeles Superior Court) (waiting time penalties for failure to provide timely final paychecks to terminating employees).
- Countrywide Home Loans adv. Rounsavall, BC362453 (Los Angeles Superior Court) (misclassification of loan underwriters).
- Cox Communications adv. Taylor, 16-cv-01915 (USDC C.D. Cal.) (seeking to force cable company to pay employees who bring their work vehicles home at night for time spent driving the vehicle home at the end of the workday).
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