Jessica Linehan
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Jessica Linehan

Partner
linehan.jessica@dorsey.com

Overview

JESSICA’S PRACTICE FOCUSES ON EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION, INCLUDING THE DEFENSE OF BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND CLASS ACTION WAGE AND HOUR CLAIMS, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT AND WRONGFUL TERMINATION ACTIONS.

Jessica is a Partner in the Labor and Employment group. She advises clients on a wide variety of matters including employment agreements, non-competition issues, wage and hour compliance, reasonable accommodation under state law and the ADA, and employee discipline and termination.

In addition, Jessica represents employers in a wide range of administrative enforcement actions. She has defended employers in OFCCP, EDD and I-9 audits and enforcement proceedings, Cal-OSHA enforcement actions, workers’ compensation trials, charges before the EEOC, DFEH and NLRB, and wage claims before the California Labor Commissioner.

Jessica’s language skills allow her to conduct workplace investigations, interviews and trainings in both Spanish and English. She is actively involved in Dorsey's pro bono efforts and is a recipient of the 2007 and 2010 Scales of Justice Awards.

Education & Admissions

University of Southern California (B.A., Political Science and Spanish, 1999), magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (J.D., 2002), Hale Moot Court Honors Program

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Languages

  • Spanish

News & Resources

Articles

Missed Meal Period Penalty Must Include Adjustment for Nondiscretionary Payments
California Qualified Employers May Receive Tax Credit Boost for New Hires
Seven Takeaways From Cal/OSHA’s New Emergency COVID-19 Regulation
Job-Protected Leave Under the California Family Rights Act Expands to Apply to Employers with Five or More Employees Effective January 1, 2021
Five FAQs: Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19-Qualifying Reasons Available to All California Employees Under New Law
California Cities and Counties Issue Orders and Recommendations on Use of Face Coverings in the Workplace
In Remarkable Reversal, California Supreme Court Takes a Broad View of Standing Under PAGA
California Supreme Court Rules that Employees Must be Paid During Mandatory Security Searches
Court Temporarily Halts California’s New Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements
Five FAQs on California’s New Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements
Five FAQs on California’s New Ban on Mandatory Arbitration Agreements
What do Employer’s Need to Know Following the Passage of California’s New Law on Independent Contractor Misclassification?
FAQs for Employers Following the Passage of California’s New Law on Independent Contractor Misclassification
Weed & Work: As Legalization Spreads, So Does Uncertainty Over Employers’ Duty to Accommodate Marijuana Use
Ninth Circuit Weighs in on California De Minimis Standard, Finding that Troester Requires Compensation for Even “Seconds” of Time Worked on a Regular Basis
3 Takeaways From Google’s Harassment Policy Overhaul, Law 360
California Governor Signs Spate of #MeToo Era Bills Into Law
Which Provisions of California’s So-Called ‘Sanctuary State’ Legislation Affecting Employers are Currently in Effect?
California High Court Confirms Written Authorization Required For Most Employer Background Checks
California High Court Rejects De Minimis Standard, Requiring Employers to Account for and Compensate Even Small Increments of Time After Clocking Out
In a Common Sense Decision, Appellate Court Clarifies Deadline for Employers to Issue Wage Statements under Labor Code Section 226
When a Disclosure Form Must “Stand Alone”: Recent Cases Hold Companies Liable for Including Too Much on FCRA Disclosures
Taking the Stress Out of Employee Claims of Disability Caused by the Stress of Working for a Particular Supervisor, Orange County Business Journal
10-K Conundrum: How SEC Filings Breed Employment Claims, Law 360
10-K Conundrum: 7th Circuit Holds Corporate Filings Can Lead To Employment Claims

News & Press Mentions

Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Super Lawyers Recognizes Four Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Dorsey Partner Jessica Linehan Responds to Pao Verdict
Dorsey Represents Tekmira Pharmaceuticals on OnCore Biopharma Merger Agreement
Dorsey Partner Jessica Linehan Comments on Senator Dunn Firing
Super Lawyers Recognizes Three Dorsey Attorneys in Costa Mesa
Law360 Names Attorneys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1
Dorsey & Whitney Names New Partners
Super Lawyers Recognizes 4 Dorsey Lawyers in Costa Mesa

Select Presentations

  • Speaker, Staying Ahead: Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodations – Navigating Sticky Scenarios from Medical Marijuana to “Emotional Support” Animals and More, Costa Mesa, CA (May 22, 2019)
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, La Jolla, CA (January 30, 2019)
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Burbank, CA (January 22, 2019)
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Riverside, CA (January 16, 2019)
  • Speaker, Salary History and Pay Equity, Professionals in Human Resources Association, Anaheim, CA (January 10, 2019)
  • Speaker, Watch It: Monitoring Employee Internet and E-mail Usage, Nexus Journal of Law and Policy Symposium (October 2013)
  • Speaker, Interviewing with Care, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • Speaker, 2011 Updates & Best Practices for Managing Employee Medical Leaves, Professionals in Human Resources Association (2012)
  • Speaker, Expedited Jury Trials, Lorman (2011)
  • Speaker, Employees, Social Media and the Law, Public Law Center (2010)
  • Trainer, Spanish-language Sexual Harassment Training (2010)
  • Speaker, Realities of Defending an Employment Lawsuit and the Crucial Role of the Employer, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2009) 
  • Speaker, Golden State in the Apple Orchard: California Law for Non-California HR Professionals, Washington State Council, 2009 Employment Law & Legislative Conference
  • Speaker, Troublemakers in the Workplace, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2008)
  • Speaker, 2007 Employment Law Update, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2007)
  • Speaker, Top Ten Reasons High-Tech Companies Will Be Sued in 2006, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2006)
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in CA Law, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (2006)
  • Trainer, Sexual Harassment Prevention Training, 2005 to present

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Labor & Employment

Accolades

  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
Jessica Linehan