BRENEMAN GRUBE, plcc : Attorneys and Counselors at Law

(206) 770-7606
1200 Fifth Ave, Suite 625
Seattle, WA 98101

Employment Law

The lawyers at Breneman Grube, PLLC ("BG") have litigated and tried hundreds of cases before juries, judges and arbitrators.

Scott Breneman, for example, has counseled and represented defendant employers and management, as well as plaintiff employees, in a wide variety of employment cases. He has successfully counseled senior management, and defended Fortune 500 companies, as well as other employers, against claims filed by employees at the EEOC level, and in the courts, alleging violations of Title VII, including alleged gender discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, and religious discrimination; the Washington Law Against Discrimination; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the FMLA; state and federal wage and hour laws; and other state and federal employment laws and regulations.

BG has extensive knowledge of both sides of employment and labor law issues: We have successfully counseled and represented plaintiff employees in employment and labor law claims, including at both the EEOC level and in litigation, including claims of violations of Title VII, including sexual harassment and gender discrimination; the Washington Law Against Discrimination; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the FMLA; state and federal wage and hour laws; the National Labor Relations Act; the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959; and other state and federal employment and labor laws and regulations.

BG attorneys work closely with management, including senior management, including general counsel, Human Resources managers, and risk managers, of numerous corporations and businesses to manage and reduce exposure to employment law claims.

We work closely with senior management, including in-house counsel, Human Resources managers, and risk managers, of numerous corporations and businesses to successfully defend claims and suits filed by employees.

BG attorneys have investigated on behalf of numerous employers claims brought by employees alleging violations of employment laws, including investigating, and responding to, EEOC charges.

BG serves as primary counsel to various corporations and other employers on various employment matters; has drafted employee handbooks; employee manuals; employment policies, including employee drug policies; employment contracts; non-compete and non-disclosure agreements; and termination agreements; has counseled numerous employers on a wide variety of hiring, retention, discipline, wage and hour, leave and termination issues.

BG attorneys have negotiated numerous low cost settlements of employment claims on behalf of employers after investigating employee claims or suits and applying sound business judgment to such employment claims. Examples: (1) Mr. Breneman defended a large regional vehicle dealership in an ADEA suit brought by a former employee who had been terminated for non-performance. After conducting cost-effective discovery, Mr. Breneman obtained dismissal of the case for a modest settlement payment of $5,000. (2) Mr. Breneman defended a national resource staffing firm from allegations by an ex-employee that he had been wrongfully terminated in retaliation for reporting conduct in violation of state and federal laws against discrimination. Mr. Breneman persuaded the trial court to dismiss most of the plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment. The plaintiff’s few remaining claims were settled with a small payment by Mr. Breneman’s client.

BG attorneys have seen the effects of poor business and legal judgment applied to employment cases. A recent example is: Hirata v. Evergreen State Limited Partnership No. 5 et al., 124 Wn.App. 631, 103 P.3d 812 (2004). In the Hirata case, Scott Breneman represented two females who alleged that their employer (Outback Steakhouse) had violated state and federal laws gender discrimination and wage and hour laws. The defendant employer was represented by a well-known Seattle firm that focuses on employment litigation. After a month-long trial before a King County jury, Scott Breneman obtained a jury verdict for his clients against their former employer, and subsequent judgments, including attorney’s fees, exceeding $700,000.00. Scott Breneman successfully defended the jury’s verdict on appeal. The successful appeal resulted in the award of over $24,000 more in fees and costs to Mr. Breneman’s clients against the defendant employer. The net (and poor) result for the defendant employer (Mr. Breneman’s opponent): the defendant employer paid out, including defense costs, in excess of $1,000,000.00 (and a published appellate opinion was issued against it) in a case that could have been settled for a fraction of that amount early on.

BG attorneys recently successfully represented two employees of King County Metro in lawsuits in federal and state court in which our clients asserted various claims arising out of King County Metro’s alleged failure to discipline a co-worker who was sexually harassing our clients and others at the workplace. BG obtained a total of $600,000.00 in settlement payments from King County Metro in those cases.

BG attorneys also have successfully enforced, on behalf of employers and franchisors, employment and franchise agreements, including non-compete agreements, including obtaining injunctions preventing the departed employee or franchisee from misappropriating clients, customers and trade secrets.