Sandra King is Chair of Manatt's Employment & Labor practice group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment law and related litigation. She represents companies in state and federal proceedings regarding discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and related tort claims, privacy, workplace violence, wage and hour, unfair competition, medical and disability leave, health and safety matters and contract claims. Ms. King represents companies in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, transportation, insurance, manufacturing and the service industry.
In addition to judicial proceedings, Ms. King represents clients before various State and Federal regulatory bodies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Labor Commissioner’s office. She is actively involved in arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as private mediation. Ms. King also provides extensive counseling and training to companies on day-to-day issues involving employee relations, management training, policies and procedures, drug testing, discipline, discharge and harassment and discrimination.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a national medical
products company with respect to claims by a terminated employee
for breach of express and implied contract, national origin and age
discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and
related claims. The ruling was obtained after defeating an
attempt by opposing counsel to amend the complaint to add a host of
new causes of action involving the whistleblower statute that would
have significantly expanded the scope of the lawsuit.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a state agency in federal
court with respect to claims by an ex-employee alleging
discrimination pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act and
related claims to disability discrimination.
Negotiated a very favorable settlement of three state-wide wage
and hour class actions after coordinating three separate law suits,
obtaining the removal of the most aggressive plaintiffs' law firm
because of conflicts, and positioning the case with
aggressive fact development and the streamlining of discovery.
Provide ongoing, high-level strategic advice to Boards of
Directors and management teams with respect to such sensitive and
challenging situations as alcoholism and drug abuse by high level
executives, threats of violence in the workplace, and harassment
allegations aimed at key business contributors.
Obtained dismissals of complaints being pursued by the U.S.
Department of Justice and Civil Rights Division's Office of Special
Counsel with respect to allegations of an ex-employee which
included age, national origin and citizenship-related
Negotiated quick and efficient resolutions of threatened
litigation with respect to a wide variety of potentially dangerous
discrimination, harassment and related allegations on behalf of
clients through effective and aggressive fact development and
communications with opposing counsel, thereby cutting off actual
litigation and potential future claims.
Work with management teams of clients in a wide variety of
industries on an on-going basis to develop down-sizing and
termination strategies, high level executive employment agreements,
and appropriate internal policies and procedures to reduce
potential legal exposures.
Work repeatedly with government agencies, including the United
States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California
Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the United States
Department of Labor, to achieve resolutions of claims allegations
to the benefit of clients.
Provide regular training to management teams and high-level
executives with respect to management best practices to reduce
employment litigation exposures.
Effectively and aggressively utilize alternative dispute
resolution mechanisms to achieve early resolutions of lawsuits.
Utilized by clients to provide ongoing advice and oversight
regarding the handling of the defense of their employment lawsuits
by insurance companies and/or their panel counsel.
Honors & Awards
Honored by both the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics Foundation and
the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles for significant legal
contributions to their organizations.
Memberships & Activities
Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and California.
Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, American Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Board of Directors, Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.
Ms. King regularly speaks to industry groups on employment-related subjects.