Key Experience

  • Concentrates practice on labor and employment matters, including counseling and dispute resolution.

Practice

Jonathan Slowik represents clients in labor and employment matters, especially:

  • Wage and hour class actions
  • Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative actions in the retail and hospitality industries
  • Single-plaintiff Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title VII litigation.

Representative Work

Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Matters

  • Successfully defended a major coffee retailer in a PAGA action alleging that the client had violated California law regarding meal breaks. The case involved a number of unsettled legal issues, including the discovery to which a PAGA plaintiff is entitled, a PAGA plaintiff’s burden of proof and whether violations can be proven using representative evidence in the absence of proof of an unlawful policy or practice. The court concluded that to the extent any violations occurred, it was due to human error in implementing the client’s lawful policies.
  • Obtained summary judgment, affirmed by the 9th Circuit, on a PAGA representative action alleging unlawful alternative workweek schedules.
  • Won summary judgment on a PAGA representative action challenging rounding of time punches and wage statements.

Class Actions

  • Won summary judgment in the district court in a class action alleging that the client committed multiple Labor Code violations by searching employees’ bags after they clocked out and before they left the premises. Successfully avoided potentially millions of dollars of liability.
  • Represented a major hobby retailer in a class action alleging that the client reported misleading information regarding accrued vacation balances. Narrowed the case through successive motions to dismiss and filed a motion for summary judgment, thus facilitating a settlement with the plaintiff individually and avoiding class certification.