• Alison Sultan White

    Associate
    Employment & Labor
    aswhite@manatt.com
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    Los Angeles
    Direct: 310.312.4135
    General: 310.312.4000
    Fax: 310.312.4224

    Education

    Emory University School of Law, J.D., 2005
    Managing Editor, Emory International Law Review
    President, Emory’s Public Interest Committee (EPIC)

     

    Claremont McKenna College, B.A., 2002

    Bar Admissions
    California
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    Profile

    Alison White is experienced in a full range of employment matters, including wage and hour issues, employment agreements, personnel practices and policies, leaves of absence, hiring and termination decisions, workplace violence issues, and trade secrets, among others. Ms. White’s practice also focuses on employment litigation, including civil claims involving wrongful terminations, harassment, discrimination, and unpaid wages. Ms. White is also experienced in general business litigation, including contract disputes, business torts and other commercial matters.

    Ms. White has appeared in matters in both federal and state courts, in arbitration and mediation, as well as before administrative agencies. Ms. White is admitted to practice in California state courts and before the United States District Court Central District of California.

    Representative Matters

    • Secured reversal of a $3.5 million jury verdict based on an erroneous jury instruction that misstated the burden of proof, as recently clarified by the California Supreme Court in the Harris v. Santa Monica case.
    • Obtained defense verdict for a mortgage lender in four of five JAMS arbitrations brought by former employees for unpaid overtime and meal and rest period premiums. The fifth employee received only a nominal award and was not deemed the prevailing party.
    • Second chaired jury trial in defense of Rite Aid Corporation in a wrongful termination and disability discrimination case brought by a former store manager.
    • Second chaired AAA arbitration on behalf of Sun World International, one of the largest growers of table grapes in the United States.  We prevailed against Sun World's former COO on each claim, including for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract relating to the solicitation of key employees. 
    • Member of litigation team that successfully obtained a judgment on behalf of a class of female athletes against their school district for Title IX violations.  In this precedent-setting pro bono case, which spanned over six years, Judge James M. Lorenz of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California determined the school district unfairly favored boys' sports over girls' sports at Castle Park High School by giving the boys better athletic facilities, resources and opportunities.  We obtained a complete victory at trial on each and every cause of action.  Prior to trial, the court issued an order granting our motion for partial summary judgment and finding that the defendants were not in compliance with Title IX based on unequal participation opportunities in athletic programs.  This was the first case in which a class of high school female athletes won a summary judgment motion under Title IX on the issue of failure to provide equal participation opportunities to girls.
    • Successfully first chaired an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hearing, obtaining the dismissal of a discrimination case.
    • Successfully first chaired a hearing before the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, related to a former employee's claim that she was untimely paid her final wages upon termination. 
    • Obtained summary adjudication of claims brought against Blue Shield of California in a sexual harassment case.
    • Obtained a complete dismissal of a discrimination matter before the EEOC for the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.
    • Successfully obtained dismissals of a number of DFEH/EEOC complaints for discrimination and harassment following our presentation of evidence.
    • Successfully drafted and argued a motion to dismiss for State Compensation Insurance Fund which included several novel areas of law and resulted in a published decision.
    • Helped defend Kindred Healthcare in a wage and hour class action brought against 20 of its California hospitals.  The complaint initially contained broad allegations for overtime, missed meal and rest breaks, and related wage and hour claims.  After targeted fact-finding, we convinced the plaintiffs to voluntarily dismiss all of their claims.
    • Assisted in achieving a favorable result in a lawsuit by an ex-employee of a bank who was pursuing claims of wrongful discharge and national origin discrimination.
    • Represented a woman in the hearing on her petition for a permanent restraining order against her abusive ex-husband.  This pro bono case had been referred to Manatt by the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice and included allegations of extended physical and emotional abuse.  Following a hearing at which the client's story was corroborated by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, the court issued a permanent restraining order in favor of our client, with only supervised visitation rights for her ex-husband.
    • Successfully obtained dismissed of two workers' compensation cases, which included claims for retaliation.
    • Obtained favorable ruling on motion for terminating sanctions against plaintiffs in a case alleging missed meal and rest periods.
    • Obtained favorable result in a Labor Commissioner matter seeking overtime wages and penalties. 
    • Assisted in obtaining a highly-publicized exemption from Governor Schwarzenegger's imposition of furloughs for our client, State Compensation Insurance Fund.
    • Negotiated a favorable settlement for a client in response to an audit and penalty assessment by the Department of Labor, which alleged that our client misclassified freelance employees as independent contractors. 
    • Assisted in successful defense of large wage and hour litigation against Westview Services, a care provider for developmentally disabled adults.  
    • Obtained a full dismissal of an EEOC claim against General Dynamics Corp. by a former employee who alleged he was terminated because of a disability.
    • Spearheaded investigation into ticket brokers using automated software to illegally buy tickets from Ticketmaster, leading to litigation and criminal prosecution of defendants. 
    • Assisted in the favorable resolution of a penalty assessment against a client for the failure to pay prevailing wages in connection with the development of a retail shopping center.
    • Successfully argued for and obtained a workplace violence restraining order against a former employee who threatened to "go postal" when he was terminated. 
    • Assisted in obtaining the favorable resolution of an ADA accessibility claim brought against a hospitality client by a vexatious litigant. 
    • Assisted in high profile litigation matter involving a celebrity's claim that our client, a Fortune 200 company, infringed on her right of publicity.
    • Assisted in labor disputes between America's largest retailer and two unions who we alleged were unlawfully trespassing inside our client's stores, and of "disorderly conduct" including harassing our client's customers and damaging property as part of their labor activities.
    • Serve as general employment counsel for a number of clients, and handle clients' daily human resources and personnel issues as needs arise. 

    Honors & Awards

    Named to the 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list.

    Publications

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California, 2005.

    Speaking Engagements