Jolina A. Abrena

Jolina A. Abrena Associate

Jolina Abrena, an Associate in the Los Angeles office, represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients in all matters pertaining to labor and employment law.  An experienced litigator, Jolina has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation process, including trials and giving oral argument before the California Courts of Appeal.  She represents clients at administrative hearings, and advises them about compliance with employment discrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, California Labor Code, the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act, and the Peace Officers Bill of Rights Act.  Jolina represents public agencies and non-profit organizations with respect to charges filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Labor Commissioner, and in audits conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Professional Involvement

Jolina is a member of good standing of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Jolina is also a member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, National Employment Council, Professionals in Human Resources Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

Recognitions

Jolina was recognized as Southern California Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

APPELLATE

Benach v. County of Los Angeles (2007) - The California Court of Appeal held that removing a deputy sheriff from his special assignment as a pilot "without a concomitant loss of rank or pay" is not a punitive action which entitles the deputy sheriff to an administrative appeal under the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act.

LITIGATION

Muneton v. Los Angeles Unified School District (2019) - Twelve former motor unit police officers claimed whistleblower retaliation and retaliation for reporting alleged illegal conduct under Education Code 44113 and the Labor Code. When the Chief of Police commissioned an audit, it revealed that the motor unit was operating at a loss due to the officers' lack of productivity, the infighting within the unit and their resistance to supervision, and the unit was disbanded. LCW filed seven separate motions and the Court granted all seven motions, resulting in a complete dismissal.

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

Aug 15, 2017

New FLSA Decision Sheds Light On Employee “Off-The-Clock” Claims

Over the past decade, employers have been daunted with increased litigation, including overtime cases filed under the Fair Labor and Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Indeed, in the 2016 Fiscal Year, the Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) of the U.S. Department of Labor determined that there were violations in 10,884 FLSA overtime cases (84% of cases) with $171,917,225 in back wages owed.  This is an increase from the 2015 Fiscal Year where the WHD determined there were violations in 10,496 FLSA overtime cases (78% of cases) and $137,701,703 in back wages owed.

Sep 14, 2016

The New FLSA Salary Basis Test Regulations Are Here! – Everything California Public Education Employers Need To Know

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") recently issued new regulations modifying the weekly salary and annual compensation threshold levels for white collar exemptions to FLSA overtime requirements.  These regulations become effective December 1, 2016. 

May 20, 2016

The New FLSA Salary Basis Test Regulations Are Here! – Everything California Public Education Employers Need To Know

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued new regulations ...

May 18, 2016

The Anticipation And Wait Is Over – The New FLSA Salary Basis Test Regulations Are Here!

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued new regulations modifying the weekly salary and annual compensation threshold levels for white collar exemptions to FLSA overtime requirements.  These regulations become effective December 1, 2016.  It is critical for employers to become familiar with these new regulations, among other reasons because misclassification of employees as being exempt from FLSA overtime requirements is a costly mistake.

Education

  • BA, University of California, San Diego

  • JD, Loyola Marymount University School of Law

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