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Elisabeth C. Watson

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9699
Fax: (310) 551-8438
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Elisabeth C. Watson is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s downtown Los Angeles office. A member of the firm’s Wage & Hour practice group, Ms. Watson represents and advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Ms. Watson has extensive experience representing employers in single plaintiff and class action litigation involving harassment; discrimination; retaliation; wrongful termination; False Claims Act and other whistleblowers claims; independent contractor/common law employee status; unfair labor practices, OSHA, unfair competition and trade secret claims; and wage and hour issues. Ms. Watson also spends significant time on the counseling, preventive planning and defense of wage and hour class actions and representative actions under California Business and Professions Code § 17200.

In addition, Ms. Watson has successfully defended employers against administrative claims (such as discrimination charges filed with the EEOC and DFEH, Labor Code Section 132a retaliation charges before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, tax assessments by the Employment Development Department, and wage claims before the Labor Commissioner) and has counseled employers with respect to OFCCP and other government audits.

Ms. Watson also has extensive experience drafting employment contracts and severance agreements, reviewing personnel policies, preparing affirmative action plans, and advising employers with respect to terminations, large-scale reductions in force and reorganizations, trade secrets, and other employment-related issues.

Ms. Watson has conducted workplace investigations and provided corporate training regarding a wide array of employment topics, such as common law employee/independent contractor issues, sexual harassment, conducting workplace investigations, legal compliance issues for HR personnel, and wage and hour issues.

Elisabeth C. Watson is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s downtown Los Angeles office. A member of the firm’s Wage & Hour practice group, Ms. Watson represents and advises employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Ms. Watson has extensive experience representing employers in single plaintiff and class action litigation involving harassment; discrimination; retaliation; wrongful termination; False Claims Act and other whistleblowers claims; independent contractor/common law employee status; unfair labor practices, OSHA, unfair competition and trade secret claims; and wage and hour issues. Ms. Watson also spends significant time on the counseling, preventive planning and defense of wage and hour class actions and representative actions under California Business and Professions Code § 17200.

In addition, Ms. Watson has successfully defended employers against administrative claims (such as discrimination charges filed with the EEOC and DFEH, Labor Code Section 132a retaliation charges before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, tax assessments by the Employment Development Department, and wage claims before the Labor Commissioner) and has counseled employers with respect to OFCCP and other government audits.

Ms. Watson also has extensive experience drafting employment contracts and severance agreements, reviewing personnel policies, preparing affirmative action plans, and advising employers with respect to terminations, large-scale reductions in force and reorganizations, trade secrets, and other employment-related issues.

Ms. Watson has conducted workplace investigations and provided corporate training regarding a wide array of employment topics, such as common law employee/independent contractor issues, sexual harassment, conducting workplace investigations, legal compliance issues for HR personnel, and wage and hour issues.

Education

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (1996)
    cum laude
    Member, The Tax Lawyer
  • B.A., Wellesley College (1991)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
     

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
     

Presentations

  • “Independent Contractor Misclassification and Joint Employment Issues -- When Does A Worker Become Your Employee?” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC-Socal), Irvine and Torrance (May 2013)
  • “Recent Developments in False Claims Act and Whistleblower Litigation,” Seyfarth Breakfast Briefing, Los Angeles (June 2013)
  • Panel Moderator, “Contingent Workforce Issues--When Does a Worker Become Your Employee?” Seyfarth Shaw Advanced Labor and Employment Conference for In-House Counsel, San Francisco (September 2013)
  • Panel Moderator, “Contingent Workforce Issues--When Does a Worker Become Your Employee?” Seyfarth Shaw Advanced Labor and Employment Conference for In-House Counsel, San Francisco (October 2012)

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica