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Katherine F. Weber

Phone: 425-450-4229

kweber@insleebest.com

Legal Assistant

Carol Sherrow

Direct: 425-450-4213

Email: csherrow@insleebest.com

Focusing on employment and labor law (both transactional and litigation), Kathy represents employers and employees in a wide range of employment-related issues, including discrimination, sexual harassment, disciplinary determinations, wrongful termination, wage-and-hour issues and unfair competition claims. She advises clients on matters involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Washington Minimum Wage Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the Family Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act and the Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Act.  Kathy assists clients in drafting, negotiating and implementing employment contracts and manuals and provides individual training and education programs for employers. She also represents employers in labor negotiations and disputes, including representation questions, contract and disciplinary grievances and unfair labor practice charges. Kathy regularly serves as an independent investigator for purposes of investigating workplace complaints.  Her investigations include high profile cases involving public institutions/officials as well as a wide variety of public and private employment issues and concerns. 

Representative Matters

  • Represented a large property management company in connection with an aggressive investigation initiated by the EEOC into a charge of race and age discrimination at one of the employer’s properties. Represented the employer during each stage of the investigation, including all communications with the EEOC and the interview of its management employees (its “speaking agents”). Worked closely with the client to provide compelling evidence to rebut the charge, ultimately obtained a “no cause” finding from the EEOC. The claimant did not further pursue her claims following the employer’s successful defense of her EEOC charge.
  • Prevailed on appeal, in a dispute between a client and its former employer regarding the award of unemployment benefits to the former employee, establishing that the employee had “quit without good cause” and therefore was not entitled to unemployment benefits.
  • Successfully advanced wage-and-hour and wrongful termination claims of an executive employee against his former national employer. Negotiated a six-figure settlement, as well as other desired assurance and protections for his benefit, without having to file a claim.
  • Successfully defended a municipal client against an unfair labor charge alleging refusal to bargain, direct dealing and domination of union. Resolved all issues in favor of client.
  • Successfully defended a municipal client in a contract grievance arbitration, which asserted that the city had violated a contract provision promising “no further layoffs” when it failed to fill budgeted unit positions. Grievance was denied.
  • Assisted a client, through a petition for clarification of a bargaining unit, in obtaining the decertification of a bargaining unit consisting of one employee. Prevailed in establishing that the reduction in force was not temporary and that the bargaining unit was not appropriate.
  • Represented client in connection with the multimillion dollar sale and transfer of its nursing care-assisted living facilities, real property, operations and licenses.

Publications & Presentations

  • The New Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Law is Here. . . . (Sort Of), November 2018
  • Coming in 2018: Mandated Paid Sick Leave for All Employers, April 2017
  • Speaker, Government Law for Public and Private Practitioners, Conducting Government Employee Investigations, July 2016
  • Speaker, CEO Luncheon, Employment Law Primer; Emerging Issues and Ongoing Pitfalls, Washington State Chapter Community Associations Institute, June 2013
  • Speaker,  Spring Conference, Employment Hot Topics; What Public Employers Should Know, Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts, April 2009 
  • EEOC Poised to “Crack Down” on Employer’s Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions, (2013)
  • The Effects of I-502 and the “Decriminalization” of Recreational Marijuana Use Upon the Workplace, (2012)

Honors, Awards & Special Recognition

  • Named to National Registry of Who's Who
  • Named Rising Star by Washington Law Politics, 2007 & 2009

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • East King County Bar Association, Past President, President, Vice President, Secretary  and Trustee
  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Washington State Chapter Community Associations Institute, Member