I. Emanuela Tala

I. Emanuela Tala Associate

Emanuela Tala is an Associate in Liebert Cassidy Whitmore’s Los Angeles office where she provides representation and legal counsel to clients in matters pertaining to employment law and litigation. She has defended employers in litigation claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour and other employment claims. Emanuela has successfully argued dispositive motions, including motions for summary judgment.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Emanuela worked for a national insurance defense firm, where she specialized in the representation of entities and individuals in all aspects of labor and employment and professional liability. She also worked as an associate practicing business and contract litigation, municipal and public agency law, and ADA Accessibility defense, in addition to labor and employment defense. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated cum laude.

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

LITIGATION

Todd Palombo v. City of Costa Mesa (2019) – A former firefighter brought claims against the City alleging he was not promoted to Captain due to his age. A prima facie case of age discrimination arises when the employee shows (1) at the time of the adverse action he or she was 40 years of age or older (2) an adverse employment action was taken against the employee, (3) at the time of the adverse action the employee was satisfactorily performing his or her job and (4) some other circumstance suggesting a discriminatory motive was present, such as replacement by a significantly younger worker with similar qualifications. Plaintiff argued that, because the testing process gave the Fire Chief discretion to promote the applicant he felt was best qualified from an eligibility list, it allowed the Fire Chief to discriminate against Plaintiff.  However, LCW demonstrated that the City had legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for promoting individuals other than Plaintiff. In fact, a majority of the candidates selected during the contested time period were over the age of 40 and outscored Plaintiff on the promotional examination.  Based on the foregoing, the Judge granted Motion Summary Judgement in favor of the City.

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

Jul 1, 2019

PERB Rules Employer Has No Obligation To Provide Union Or Employee With Written Complaint Until After Initial Investigatory Interview

The Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”) found that the Contra Costa Community College District (“District”) did not violate the Educational Employment Relations Act when it withheld copies of written discrimination complaints against two faculty members in advance of investigatory interviews. 

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

26 September 2019
Consortium Trainings

Maximizing Supervisory Skills for the First Line Supervisor Part One

Los Angeles County Human Resources Consortium Los Angeles
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5 September 2019
Consortium Trainings

The Art of Writing the Performance Evaluation

Gateway Public ERC Santa Fe Springs
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Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, Loyola School of Law, Los Angeles

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