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Julie Westcott O’Dell represents clients against claims of wage and hour violations, including class and representative actions.  Ms. O’Dell also defends against employment-related claims brought under Title VII and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge.  Ms. O’Dell handles all phases of matters before federal and state agencies and courts from discovery to trial.  Ms. O’Dell counsels and assists clients on employment-related issues for compliance with federal and state employment laws, discipline and termination, requests for accommodation, and leaves of absence.  Ms. O’Dell reviews and drafts employee handbooks, policies, and various employment agreements.  She also provides training to employers for harassment, leaves of absence, workplace violence, and handling employee complaints.

 Prior to moving to California and joining the firm, Ms. O’Dell was a member of a boutique employment firm in Kansas City, Missouri.  She graduated law school from the University of Missouri, Order of the Coif, and was a notes and comment editor for the University’s Law Review.

Representative Experience

  • Second chaired jury trial in state court, involving claims of gender and national origin discrimination
  • Second chaired jury trial, involving claim of breach of contract
  • Second chaired bench trial, involving claims of breach of contract and quantum meruit
  • Second chaired securities arbitration in defense of a broker-dealer
  • Obtained summary judgment for a nationwide employer in federal court against disability discrimination claim
  • Obtained dismissal for a nationwide employer in federal court against claims of discrimination for national origin, race, religion, and sex, as well as retaliation
  • Obtained dismissal for a nationwide employer against a retaliation claim for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, affirmed on appeal at the 8th Circuit
  • Represented national retail pharmacy in overtime and meal and rest period representative action under Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”)
  • Representing national retail pharmacy in ongoing class action alleging inaccurate wage statements and failure to provide sick leave accrual
  • Represented material handling company in class action alleging violations to meal and rest period and inaccurate wage statement
  • Represented national security guard placement agency for failure to itemize accrued vacation in representative action under PAGA
  • Represented aerospace manufacturer in class action alleging violations to meal period policy
  • Represented aerospace manufacturer in class action alleging overtime, minimum wage, and meal period violations
  • Represented national security guard placement agency in three coordinated class actions alleging unpaid wages and meal and rest period claims
  • Representing national temporary staffing agency for allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge
  • Represented national temporary staffing agency for allegations of disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge
  • Represented city in California for race and national origin discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Represented city in California against whistleblower allegations
  • Represented aerospace manufacturer in allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation, and constructive discharge
  • Represented aerospace manufacturer in allegations made by three plaintiffs for race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Represented aerospace manufacturer in allegations of race discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge