KAREN KRUSE

Karen Kruse has devoted her career to preventing and solving workplace related legal issues, whether as an advisor or as an advocate. After nearly 25 years’ experience practicing management-side employment and labor law at two national law firms, in April 2016, she formed Karen Kruse Law, PLLC, where she continues to provide employers with strategic and practical counsel and advocacy on a wide array of subjects. These include respecting employees’ rights under disability and leave laws at the federal, state and local levels; avoiding discrimination and retaliation; preventing and remediating workplace harassment; maintaining lawful employee handbooks and policies; and complying with the intricacies of the sometimes‑conflicting federal, state and local wage and hour laws. When conflicts arise, Karen draws upon her substantial litigation experience, which includes defending class and collective actions, handling single‑claimant matters, and litigating non‑compete and other employment contract issues.

LOCATION: Seattle-Tacoma, WA

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: Washington, Western District of Washington, Eastern District of Washington, US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

CURRENT FIRM: Karen Kruse Law, PLLC

PRIOR FIRM(S): Jackson Lewis  |  Perkins Coie

LAW SCHOOL: University of Washington

HONORS AND AWARDS: AV Preeminent rating from Martindale‑Hubbell since 2003, Washington Super Lawyers 2010

PRACTICE AREA(S):

Labor and Employment

(Counseling and Compliance, Disability and Leave Management, Employment, Consultant and Severance Agreements, Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation, Hiring Procedures and Background Checks, Labor Relations, Litigation — Employer-side, Restrictive Covenants (Confidentiality, Non-competition and Non-solicitation), Separation/Severance Agreements, Wage and Hour, Whistleblower Claims, Worker Classification, Workplace Investigations, Workplace Policies and Procedures)

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

(Administrative Agency Proceedings, Appellate — Appeals and Writs, Arbitration and Mediation, Employment)

INDUSTRY: Technology, Transportation (including maritime), Hospitality and food service, Retail Manufacturing, Aerospace, Construction, Healthcare and assisted living, Home and field services, Insurance, Staffing, Professional or legal services Government contracting, Energy


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