Remy Kessler Partner

Remy Kessler has more than three decades of experience representing employers in high-stakes employment law matters.

Remy advises clients in wage-and-hour disputes and claims involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, civil rights and employment torts. He handles matters in federal and state courts and before administrative bodies, regularly defending many large companies in class action litigation.

Experience

Defended multiple class and representative actions against a theme park involving claims for meal and rest violations, unpaid wages, working off-the-clock, unlawful time rounding, failure to provide suitable seating and unreimbursed business expenses.

Defended and settled class and representative wage and hour cases pending in multiple counties involving claims by security guards who alleged they were deprived of appropriate breaks, were not paid for travel time and were forced to pay for their own supplies and uniforms.

Handled several class and representative actions against a large nationwide retailer which allegedly failed to properly pay its employees for the time spent going through bag checks and engaging in store closing procedures.

Defended class action when guards, placed at a California supermarket chain by an independent security firm during a grocery store strike, alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors, and that the client was liable under a joint employment theory.

Defended class action alleging discrimination and retaliation brought by employees who did not opt out of a previous class action that resulted in a settlement with the supermarket chain, but who allegedly did not receive as much compensation as those employees who opted out and who then settled separately with the client.

Reached favorable settlement in action where security guards at the supermarket chain’s corporate headquarters and distribution centers alleged that they were deprived of meal and rest breaks. Plaintiff agreed to dismiss the entire action.

Defended class action alleging denial of meal and rest breaks under California law, and propriety of class action waiver provision in arbitration agreement.

Defended class action when janitors who were placed to work at night at one of the supermarket chain’s store alleged that they were not paid minimum and overtime wages, and were deprived of other rights. The supermarket chain was alleged to be the joint employer of the janitors.

Defended several class actions on behalf oil refinery employees claiming that the global oil company failed to pay them for preparatory activities. Obtained favorable settlement.

Defended class action by current and former supermarket chain employees who alleged that their overtime was not properly calculated because it did not take into account the amount of bonus compensation they received.

Defended class action alleging misclassification of store directors and operation managers as exempt employees. The case also challenged the supermarket chain’s use of a class action waiver provision in its arbitration agreements.

Defended supermarket chain in a class action in which plaintiffs alleged that the client improperly deducted certain business expenses when calculating employee bonuses. The supermarket chain prevailed before the trial court and California Supreme Court and was subsequently awarded substantial attorneys' fees and costs.

Defended class action alleging improper deductions taken in formula used to calculate employee bonuses.

Defended class action alleging misclassification of a global oil company gas station managers as exempt employees, and improper denial of meal and rest breaks for all exempt and non-exempt station employees. Plaintiffs also contended that the client was liable on a joint employer theory when its stations were operated by third-party companies. Obtained on appeal favorable state-wide precedent for employers.

  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles, JD, 1985
  • University of California Berkeley, BA, 1982

Former Judge Pro Team, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Small Claims)

Former Board Member and Treasurer, Studio City Neighborhood Council Board

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • California, All State Courts

Named “Leading Attorney,” Southern California's Super Lawyers, 2004-2012

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