Jennifer Rappoport is of counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles and Houston offices. She concentrates her practice on wage and hour class action litigation, and also handles other employment litigation and counseling matters.
Ms. Rappoport represents clients in complex class and collective actions at the state and federal level, involving claims of misclassification, unpaid overtime, missed meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, rounding, unpaid vacation, and claims under the Private Attorney General Act. She also handles fair employment disputes, including those involving claims of sexual harassment; age, disability, race, and national origin discrimination; and breach of contract and restrictive covenants disputes.
She has represented clients in trials before the court, a jury, and an arbitrator, and has obtained a defense verdict for an employer in a manager-misclassification case in a bench trial. She recently defeated conditional certification of a nationwide class of loan processors.
In addition, Ms. Rappoport provides day-to-day counseling to employers in connection with leaves of absence, employee hiring, discipline and termination, covenants not to compete, and compliance with wage and hour law. Ms. Rappoport also conducts employment practices and wage and hour audits.
In 2010, Ms. Rappoport was selected by SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” in the area of employment law. In addition, Ms. Rappoport was named an Advocate of the Year for Public Counsel in 2004.
Honors and Awards
- Texas Minority Counsel Program Steering Committee Member
- Immediate past president of the U.C. Hastings College of Law Alumni Board of Governors.
Ms. Rappoport received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994 and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2000.
Speeches and Publications
Ms. Rappoport is a frequent speaker on a variety of employment-related topics such as unlawful harassment, including California's mandatory supervisor harassment avoidance training, employee leave-of-absence law, blogging and social networking issues in the employment context, and general employment practices.
- Speaker, PIHRA 2013 Annual Legal Update, “Advanced Wage and Hour Legal Developments – Crazy Compensation Complexities,” Jan. 31, 2013
- Speaker, Winston & Strawn’s Employment Law Update, “Should You ‘like’ Social Media in the Workplace,” Oct. 25, 2012
- Speaker, Winston & Strawn eLunch, “Advanced Wage & Hour Legal Developments,” Sept. 13, 2012
- Speaker, PIHRA: 2012 Conference & Exposition “Managing the Maze of Leave Laws,” Aug. 27-29, 2012
- Speaker, Winston & Strawn eLunch, “Employee or Independent Contractor?” Aug. 16, 2012
- Co-presenter, Cable & Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA), “The Impact of Social Media in the Workplace,” Nov. 15, 2011
- Speaker, Winston & Strawn’s Employment Law Update, “New Media in the Workplace: The Interaction Between Social Networking Sites and Employment Decisions,” Oct. 27, 2011
- Speaker, PIHRA Conference, “The Frightful Labyrinth of Leave Laws — Getting You from Point A to Point B,” Aug. 29, 2011
- Speaker, Winston & Strawn eLunch, “Employee Leave Laws: Making Them Work for You,” May 27, 2010
- Co-presenter, PIHRA 23rd Annual Legal Updates 2010 (Legal Updates), “Wage and Hour Litigation — Beyond Meal and Rest Periods,” Jan. 12-14, 2009
- Speaker, Southern California Association of Corporate Counsel (ACCA-SoCal) Chapter Meeting, “Unspinning the Intricate Web of Leaves of Absence Laws,” August 2009
- Speaker, Wisnton & Strawn eLunch, “Wage & Hour Litigation,” July 29, 2009
- Speaker, Wisnton & Strawn eLunch, “Key Changes to the FMLA: What You Need to Know Now,” May 20, 2009
- Speaker, West Legalworks webcast, “The Family Medical Leave Act Explained: New Rights and New Regulations” April 6, 2009