Linda Auerbach Allderdice is a litigation partner in the firm's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices and heads the firm's Labor, Employment and Benefits Practice Group in California. She is well versed in handling complex litigation in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage and hour class action and Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA) litigation, discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing claims, as well as trade secret litigation. She advises clients on compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws, is often part of merger and acquisition (M&A) deal teams with responsibility for labor and employment due diligence, and represents companies in matters involving labor relations for management. These include matters regarding union representation, collective bargaining and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as well as in negotiating project labor accords and neutrality agreements.
Ms. Allderdice works with clients in a wide range of industries, including transportation, hospitality, real estate, personnel services and staffing, manufacturing, electronics and technology, entertainment, healthcare and retail. Regularly appearing in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals, Ms. Allderdice litigates a broad spectrum of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination claims; wage and hour individual as well as collective or class action claims; unfair competition, trade secrets and defecting employee claims; defamation and privacy issues; and intellectual property disputes. Ms. Allderdice regularly participates in alternative dispute resolution, including mediations and arbitrations of employment-related disputes. Ms. Allderdice counsels employers on compliance with state and federal employment-related regulatory statutes, including among others Title VII, NLRA, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and FCRA, as well as parallel state laws concerning discrimination, wage and hour, and employment applications and background checks.
Ms. Allderdice counsels and provides advice on a wide range of employment-related matters, including compliance with state and federal regulatory statutes, employment law issues arising from mergers and acquisitions including the sale and acquisition of hotel and resort properties, and corporate organization, restructuring and communications.
Ms. Allderdice has substantial experience in representing companies in proceedings before administrative agencies including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Labor Commissioner, the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor, the OFCCP, and criminal investigations related to the workplace. As part of her litigation practice, Ms. Allderdice regularly defends companies in state and federal court or in arbitration forums, in employment law matters involving claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, breach of contract, privacy, defamation, trade secret, and unfair competition claims. Defending class action or collective claims under wage and hour laws is a special focus of Ms. Allderdice's litigation practice. In state and federal court, Ms. Allderdice has defended companies involving classification, vacation pay, meal and rest period, and overtime claims. A significant part of Ms. Allderdice's litigation practice involves alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation of pre-litigation settlements.
Ms. Allderdice began her legal career at the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. In private practice, Ms. Allderdice has extensive experience in matters involving labor relations for management, representing companies including hotel and resort properties in collective bargaining, labor contract interpretation and administration, investigations, arbitrations, and representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the NLRB.
Ms. Allderdice was the Pro Bono and Charitable Services Partner for the Public and Charitable Service Department for the Los Angeles Office from 2008 to 2014; and was a member of the firm’s Diversity Council from 2008 to 2014.
Ms. Allderdice served on the board of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, the former pro bono legal services arm of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, as the Foundation’s President from 2010 to 2011 and on the board of the Counsel for Justice of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Foundation’s successor, which continues to provide pro bono legal services.
Ms. Allderdice was an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law in Spring 2011.
In August 2013, Ms. Allderdice received her Basic Mediation Training Certificate of Completion from the Los Angeles County Bar Association Center for Civic Mediation. She completed the minimum training required by the California Dispute Resolution Programs Act (DRPA) of 1998 and the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services DRPA Grants Administration Office to offer dispute resolution services through a DRPA contactor.
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