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Elaine H. Simson

Elaine H. Simson is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department. Her practice focuses on representing and counseling management on all aspects of employment law.

Elaine’s litigation work includes defending employers and supervisors against single-plaintiff claims for unlawful discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and contract disputes and employment-related torts, as well as class action wage and hour disputes. In addition, Elaine advises clients on compliance with state and federal employment laws, including for reductions-in-force, and develops company policies ranging from hiring to firing and everything in between. She counsels clients from a wide variety of industries, including telecommunications, entertainment, retail and consumer products, health care and finance.

In both 2016 and 2017, Elaine was selected from a competitive, nationwide applicant pool to be a fellow for the National Employment Law Council Academy, an advanced training program for employment defense associates.

Prior to attending law school, Elaine was a Certified Public Accountant and worked at a big four accounting firm for four years.

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Seattle Becomes Second City to Pass “Secure Scheduling” Ordinance

Seattle, known for its employee-friendly ordinances, has passed a law regulating how large retailers, full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops schedule and pay their hourly, non-exempt workers.  Seattle is the second city, after San Francisco, to provide workers with scheduling protections.  The new ordinance will add a new chapter 14.22 to the Seattle … Continue Reading
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