Chana E. Ickowitz

Associate
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Chana Ickowitz defends employers in lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, termination in violation of public policy, statutory retaliation, and wage and hour violations.  Chana has resolved lawsuits at all stages of litigation, including on motions for summary judgment.  Chana has experience defending both single plaintiff matters as well as wage and hour class actions and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) representative actions in California federal and state courts, and in arbitration before (AAA) and JAMS.  Chana has also successfully resolved numerous single-plaintiff wage and hour matters brought before the California Labor Commissioner.

Chana routinely provides advice and counseling to clients on a wide array of employment issues to help them implement best practices and minimize their risk of liability.  She frequently counsels clients on wage and hour matters such as provision of meal and rest periods, payment of overtime, compliance with wage statement requirements under California's Labor Code, as well as termination decisions, disability accommodations, leaves of absence, and sick leave policies.  Chana also regularly drafts employment documents for clients including employment agreements, severance agreements, employee handbooks, and confidentiality agreements.

Experience

Representative Matters

Advice and Counseling

  • Oversaw and advised client on large-scale and nationwide reduction in force
  • Audited hundreds of employment agreements and employment policies for legal compliance and best practices
  • Counsels employers daily on sensitive decisions relating to hiring, firing, compensation, internal investigations, and personnel issues
  • Trained employers on harassment prevention and employment best practices
  • Counseled numerous start-up companies starting to do business in California on employment best practices, hiring documents, and related policies
  • Conducted investigations into harassment and discrimination complaints

Litigation

  • Obtained summary judgment on various discrimination, wrongful termination, and related claims—in court and in binding arbitration
  • Successfully resolved wage and hour claims brought by employees in representative/class actions and individual lawsuits
  • Obtained termination/dismissal sanctions in favor of an employer, based on an employee's spoliation of electronically stored information
  • Obtained dismissal of employee's retaliation claim filed with the California Labor Commissioner

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. UCLA School of Law 2013
  • B.A. History, with honors University of California at Berkeley 2009

Bar Admissions

  • California

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Los Angeles Committee, Venable Foundation

Community
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Volunteerism

  • Member, Board of Associates, Kidsave International, Inc.