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Erin Wetty

Counsel

Atlanta
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Erin Wetty is counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she focuses the majority of her practice on defending employers against single- and multi-plaintiff claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, national origin, age, religion, pregnancy, and disability, as well as defending against medical leave-related and Sarbanes-Oxley retaliation claims.  Ms. Wetty has experience representing employers before jury and bench trials, as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitration.  She has represented companies across numerous industries, including retail, financial services, hospitality, foodservice management, aviation, health care, packaging, and government defense contractors. Ms. Wetty has completed all of the courses which comprised Seyfarth’s Retail University and she is now a certified member of Seyfarth’s Retail Industry Client Team.

In addition, Ms. Wetty provides counseling advice to employers on a wide variety of employment-related issues to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and to avoid the expense and other wasted resources associated with state and federal court litigation.  As a member of the Firm’s ADA Title III Team, she also has defended companies against individual actions brought against public accommodations. 

Ms. Wetty serves on the Board of Directors for the Hirsch Academy, a school for children with learning differences, with a particular focus on children on the autism spectrum.  Ms. Wetty is also a participant in Seyfarth’s pro bono program.

Erin Wetty is counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP where she focuses the majority of her practice on defending employers against single- and multi-plaintiff claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, national origin, age, religion, pregnancy, and disability, as well as defending against medical leave-related and Sarbanes-Oxley retaliation claims.  Ms. Wetty has experience representing employers before jury and bench trials, as well as in administrative proceedings and arbitration.  She has represented companies across numerous industries, including retail, financial services, hospitality, foodservice management, aviation, health care, packaging, and government defense contractors. Ms. Wetty has completed all of the courses which comprised Seyfarth’s Retail University and she is now a certified member of Seyfarth’s Retail Industry Client Team.

In addition, Ms. Wetty provides counseling advice to employers on a wide variety of employment-related issues to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and to avoid the expense and other wasted resources associated with state and federal court litigation.  As a member of the Firm’s ADA Title III Team, she also has defended companies against individual actions brought against public accommodations. 

Ms. Wetty serves on the Board of Directors for the Hirsch Academy, a school for children with learning differences, with a particular focus on children on the autism spectrum.  Ms. Wetty is also a participant in Seyfarth’s pro bono program.

Education

  • J.D., University of Georgia, cum laude (2007)
    Executive Editor, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law
  • A.B. & A.B.J., University of Georgia, summa cum laude (2004)
    First Honor Graduate
     

Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

Representative Engagements

  • Smith v. The TJX Companies, Inc., No. 1:12-cv-03879 (N.D. Ga. 2015) (secured complete summary judgment for employer on claims of gender and religious discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII based on numerous decisions regarding plaintiff’s employment including his hours, disciplinary history, job assignments, work environment, and termination)
  • Campbell v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. 3:12-cv-00306 (M.D. Tenn. 2014) (obtained complete defense verdict in multi-day jury trial regarding failure-to-promote claim under FMLA).
  • Foster v. BioLife Plasma Servs., LP, No. 13-13883 (11th Cir. 2014) (secured appellate victory where court of appeals affirmed lower court’s grant of summary judgment to employer in race discrimination case).
  • Johnson v. WellPoint, Inc., ALJ No. 2010-SOX-38 (Dep’t of Labor 2014) (defended employer in multi-day administrative bench trial regarding retaliatory discharge claim under SOX).
  • Toussaint v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., No. 32-524-00285-12 (AAA 2013) (arbitrator granted summary judgment to employer on claimant’s wrongful termination claim under Title VII).
  • Simmons-Myers v. Caesars Entm’t Corp., No. 12-60592, 2013 WL 697226 (5th Cir. Feb. 26, 2013)  (court of appeals affirmed district court’s grant of summary judgment to employer, in part, based on unique argument regarding employee’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies and her failure to establish elements necessary to allege reverse race discrimination claim as matter of law).
  • Copp v. American Enterprise Services Co., et al., No. 4:12-cv-216, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92478 (S.D. Iowa July 2, 2012) (obtained early dismissal of putative Rule 23 class action based on principles of res judicata).
  • Langston v. Target Stores, Inc., No. 5:11-cv-213 (MT), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 124353 (M.D. Ga. Oct. 27, 2011) (district court granted motion to dismiss based on plaintiff’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies).
  • Lewis v. Wachovia Bank,No. 2:10-cv-01770-WMA (N.D. Ala. Nov. 22, 2011) (unpublished) (granting employer's motion for summary judgment in gender, race, and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit) affirmed No. 11-11852 (11th Cir. 2012).
  • Avera v. United Airlines, Inc.: No. 4:08-cv-00550, 2011 WL 1321748 (N.D. Fla. 2011) (summary judgment granted to employer on former employee's age discrimination and ERISA claims).
  • Robinson v. ITT Corp. Systems, 09-cv-1418C (Muscogee County Superior Court 2011) (granting summary judgment to defendants on plaintiff's defamation claim asserted under Georgia state law).
  • Crayton v. Valued Services of Alabama,LLC: 737 F. Supp. 2d 1320 (M.D. Ala. 2010) (district court granted employer's motion for summary judgment in its entirety, dismissing claims of pay discrimination, retaliatory discharge under Title VII, acts of retaliation unrelated to plaintiff's termination, misclassification under the FLSA, and retaliation in violation of the FLSA).
  • Maddox v. Washington Mutual Bank, FA et al.: No. 1:09-cv-02943 (N.D. Ga. 2010) (obtained dismissal of race discrimination case based on plaintiff's failure to properly serve defendant).
  • Brandt v. Crothall Services Group, Inc.: No. 4:09-cv-02249 (N.D. Ala. 2010) (obtained complete dismissal of pregnancy discrimination lawsuit with prejudice based on plaintiff's failure to prosecute her case).
  • Garcia v. DS Waters of America, Inc.: 372 F. App'x 925 (11th Cir. 2010) (affirming district court's order granting employer's motion for summary judgment in race and national origin discrimination and harassment lawsuit).

Presentations

  • “2014 Employment Law Update,” Client Presentation (March 2015)
  • “What Is The Americans With Disabilities Act And Why Does It Matter?,” Client Presentation (February 2014)
  • “Looking Back & Looking Forward: 2013 In Review & What To Expect In 2014,” Client Presentation (December 2013)
  • “2013 Employment Law Update,” Client Presentation (October 2013)
  • “Effects of Social Media in the Workplace,” Client Presentation (May 6, 2013)
  • “Looking Back & Looking Forward: 2012 In Review & What To Expect In 2013,” Client Presentation (December 19, 2012)
  • “Whistleblowers: Minimizing Risks By Creating a Culture of Compliance,” Webinar Presentation (August 22, 2012)
  • Panelist, "Georgia Gets Competitive: A Panel Discussion of the Proposed Changes to Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements," University of Georgia School of Law (October 2010)
  • Guest Speaker, "Wildly Successful Women," University of Georgia School of Law (October 2010)
  • “Employment Law Update: Wage and Hour Trends and Restrictive Covenant Legislation," University of Georgia School of Law (April 12, 2010)
  • "Employment Law 2010: A Year of Challenge and Opportunity - Update on Georgia Restrictive Covenant Law," CLE event (March 31, 2010)
  • "Navigating Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements: Where We Are and Where We Are Going," Association of Corporate Counsel - Georgia Chapter (April 14, 2009)"
  • "Navigating Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements: Where We Are and Where We Are Going," Habif Arogeti & Wynne (May 20, 2009)"

Publications

  • "California District Court Holds that Redbox Does Not Have to Offer Captioned Videos at its Rental Kiosks or on its Streaming Video Website," ADA Title III Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 19, 2014)
  • "I’m the best candidate for this job, but you should know that I’m also a whistleblower." Workplace Whistleblower, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 19, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “ DOL Rules That SOX Whistleblower Provision Covers Private Companies That Contract With Public Companies, Rejects Recent First Circuit Decision To The Contrary,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 6, 2012)
  • Contributing Author, "Chapter 26," Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).  Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation.
  • Co-Author, “Federal District Courts Issue Two SOX Whistleblower Decisions That Favor Employers,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 2, 2011)
  • Co-Author, “Fifth Circuit Strengthens Defenses to SOX Whistleblower Claims,”  One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (July 1, 2011)
  • Co-Author, ”SEC Issues Final Rules Implementing the Bounty Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act,” Management Alert , Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 26, 2011)
  • Research assistant, "New Whistleblower Policies & Incentives: A Paradigm Shift From 'Oversight' To 'Insight,'” RAND, Center For Corporate Ethics & Governance(May 2011)
  • Co-Author, “ARB Strictly Enforces SOX’s Whistleblower Provisions In A Pair Of Recent Cases,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (March 23, 2011)
  • Co-Author, ”District Court Takes Liberal Approach to SOX Whistleblower Pleading Requirements,” One Minute Memo, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Feb. 8, 2011)
  • "Georgia Gets Competitive", Georgia Bar Journal (December 2009)
  • Featured in the Daily Report regarding Presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel on Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements (May 5, 2009) 

Accolades

  • Selected as a “Georgia Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers - recognized as Committee Star (2007, 2008)
  • Recipient of Outstanding Public Service Award from the Pro Bono Project of the State Bar of Georgia (December 2008)
  • Featured in Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation Newsletter for obtaining favorable result for pro bono client (April 14, 2009)

Community Involvement

  • Hirsch Academy (Board of Directors, 2010 – Present)