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Ann Marie Zaletel

Partner

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-1560
Fax: (310) 201-5219
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Ann Marie Zaletel is a partner in the Los Angeles office and a key member of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Her practice is focused on the delivery of proactive, pragmatic solutions that help clients avoid litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives. 

Ms. Zaletel has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions; conducted large exempt status and pay practices assessments, under both federal and California law; helped clients develop and implement centralized leave of absence and disability accommodation management processes; and developed tools and systems for reviewing hiring and selection and termination processes.  She advises employers on the protection of their intellectual property and related matters, independent contractor relationships, drug and alcohol testing, and workplace violence issues.  Ms. Zaletel regularly counsels clients on compliance with California employment law peculiarities and is an expert on California wage-hour law as well as on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDL) and the interplay of these three statutes. 

As a key member of Seyfarth Shaw’s Pay Equity Group, Ms. Zaletel counsels employers on best practices to guide fair pay practices and risk mitigation, including compliance with California’s especially stringent Fair Pay Act.

Ms. Zaletel has conducted extensive employee and management training, including anti-harassment training, leave management training, and wage-hour compliance training.

Ms. Zaletel also regularly conducts investigations related to allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage-hour violations, and safety violations.

Ms. Zaletel has extensive, broad-based employment litigation experience in California and federal courts, including jury trial experience.  She has handled cases alleging wage-hour claims (including claims for unpaid overtime and California meal/rest period violations); failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims; claims for violation of the FMLA, CFRA, and PDL; and race, sex, and age discrimination claims.

From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Zaletel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Turchin, United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ann Marie Zaletel is a partner in the Los Angeles office and a key member of the Workplace Compliance Solutions Group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Her practice is focused on the delivery of proactive, pragmatic solutions that help clients avoid litigation and develop internal compliance initiatives. 

Ms. Zaletel has assisted numerous clients with business restructuring and workforce reductions; conducted large exempt status and pay practices assessments, under both federal and California law; helped clients develop and implement centralized leave of absence and disability accommodation management processes; and developed tools and systems for reviewing hiring and selection and termination processes.  She advises employers on the protection of their intellectual property and related matters, independent contractor relationships, drug and alcohol testing, and workplace violence issues.  Ms. Zaletel regularly counsels clients on compliance with California employment law peculiarities and is an expert on California wage-hour law as well as on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDL) and the interplay of these three statutes. 

As a key member of Seyfarth Shaw’s Pay Equity Group, Ms. Zaletel counsels employers on best practices to guide fair pay practices and risk mitigation, including compliance with California’s especially stringent Fair Pay Act.

Ms. Zaletel has conducted extensive employee and management training, including anti-harassment training, leave management training, and wage-hour compliance training.

Ms. Zaletel also regularly conducts investigations related to allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage-hour violations, and safety violations.

Ms. Zaletel has extensive, broad-based employment litigation experience in California and federal courts, including jury trial experience.  She has handled cases alleging wage-hour claims (including claims for unpaid overtime and California meal/rest period violations); failure to accommodate and disability discrimination claims; claims for violation of the FMLA, CFRA, and PDL; and race, sex, and age discrimination claims.

From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Zaletel served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Turchin, United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (1998)
  • B.S., Santa Clara University, magna cum laude (1993)
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central and Southern Districts of California

Affiliations

  • National Human Resources Association, Los Angeles Chapter
  • State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law section)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Century City Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
  • UCLA School of Law Alumni Association
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles Women Leaders
  • Western Justice Center
  • Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

Presentations

  • “California Pregnancy Disability Leave and Accommodation:  Managing Requests and Maintaining Compliance,” Center for Competitive Management (April 25, 2017)
  • “Federal and California Leaves of Absence,” Silicon Valley Employers’ Forum (November 10, 2016)
  • “Paid Leave Part II: State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws,” American Benefits Council (October 27, 2016)
  • "America’s Paid Sick Leave Epidemic," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (August 4, 2016)
  • “2016 Update On California Employment Law:  Peculiarities, Problems, and Proposals” presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Boston, MA (May 2016)
  • “2016 Labor & Employment Law Update” (February 2016)
  • “Tips and Strategies for Effectively Navigating California Leaves of Absence and Reasonable Accommodation (FMLA, CFRA, PDLL, ADA, FEHA, and Workers’ Compensation)” (September 2015)
  • “California Wage-Hour Law” (September 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, "California Paid Sick Leave—Prepare Now To Avoid Ill Feelings Later," Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (November 03, 2014)
  • “Mastering Workplace Investigations,” ePlace Solutions (September 2014)
  • “Tips and Strategies for Navigating Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation,” California Employment Law Council (CELC) Summer Educational Program (June 2014)
  • “California Leaves of Absence and Reasonable Accommodation,” United Technologies (February 2014)
  • “Labor & Employment Law Developments:  What Happened in 2013 and Watch to Watch in 2014,” Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Webinar (January 2014)
  • “California Wage & Hour Law - Avoiding Common Pitfalls with a Distributed Workforce” (June 2013)
  • “Discrimination Update:  Enforcement Initiatives, Systemic Cases, and Advanced Topics in Disability Law,” Los Angeles County Bar Association (May 2013)
  • " How California Employment Law Is Different, " Cal-Peculiarities, New York (Spring 2012)
  • “Americans with Disabilities Act/Family and Medical Leave Act Workshop,” National Employment Law Institute (NELI) (April 2012)
  • "California Employment Law:  Peculiarities, Problems, and Proposals," Los Angeles (October 2011)
  • "Hold On To Your Seats:  Recent Developments and Emerging Trends in California Wage-Hour Law," Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Webinar (October 2011)
  • "FMLA/California Family Rights Act (CFRA) Workshop," National Employment Law Institute (NELI), Los Angeles (June 2011)
  • "Going Paperless the Smart Way - Legal and Management Issues," American Staffing Association Webinar (May 2011)
  • “State and Federal Leave, Disability Discrimination:  How California Employers Survive The Perfect Storm,” Seyfarth Shaw Webinar (June 2010)
  • “Regulatory Changes to the FMLA:  What California Employers Need to Know,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing, Costa Mesa (June 2009)
  • “Regulatory Changes to the FMLA:  What California Employers Need to Know,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing, Los Angeles (June 2009)
  • “New Trends in Class Action Litigation and Recent Developments in California Wage Hour Law,” California Employment Law Council (June 2008)
  • “Cal-Peculiarities:  How California Employment Law Is Different,” Hartford, Connecticut (March 2008)
  • “Cal-Peculiarities:  How California Employment Law Is Different,” Boston (October 2006)

 

Publications

Accolades

  • Southern California "Rising Stars" Super Lawyer (2008, 2010, and 2011)