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JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

BS, University of Southern California

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Ashley is a seasoned traveler and has been to five continents, seventeen countries, and twenty-two states. During one of her trips abroad, she went scuba diving, bungee jumping, and sky diving on back to back days.

Sergeant v. City (2022) – Won arbitration in which Sergeant claimed back pay after his termination for several violations of the Police Department Manual relating to a single vehicle collision involving a high-ranking City official.

Peace Officer Termination Appeal (2022) –Defeated a police corporal’s appeal of his termination from employment.  The male corporal had a long-term, off-duty affair with a female corporal.  He was terminated due to threats of violence and harassment toward the female corporal and a deputy.  The male corporal alleged his termination was disparate treatment because the female corporal was not also disciplined.  The hearing officer found that there was no evidence of disparate treatment, and that even if there was, the threats were properly punishable by termination of employment.

In Our Compliance Era: Lawfully Navigating Employee Absenteeism and Protected Leaves
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

Employers know all too well the negative impact that excessive employee absences can have on the workplace.  With just a month left of summer, major concerts touring, and back-to-school on the horizon, employers are likely to see many employees using up more of their paid time off as they squeeze...

Court of Appeal Confirms No Employer Liability for Supervisor’s Off-Duty Sexting
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

In today’s technology-centered workplace, employees and employers have more options than ever before on how to communicate.  Calling, video-conferencing, and even texting amongst co-workers has become the norm.  And with the recent shift towards remote and hybrid work situations, many of these...

Chancellor’s Memo on New Title 5 Regulations
LCW Special Bulletin

On February 1, 2023, the Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges released a memorandum (“Memo”) providing updates on the development of strategies to implement the Board of Governors’ October 25, 2022 revisions to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations relating to Campus...

Tips for Successful Year-End Fundraising Appeals

With 30% of all annual charitable donations taking place in December, an end-of-year fundraising push can be critical for nonprofits to successfully reach their fundraising goals.  However, nonprofits must be careful when crafting year-end appeals because they create binding obligations on the...

New Title 5 Regulations Related to Public Safety
LCW Special Bulletin

On October 25, 2022, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges released revisions to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations related to Campus Climate and Public Safety to the Secretary of State.  These revised regulations, found in Sections 59700 through 59704, will take...

Game-changing Legislation Concerning Peace Officer Employment and Decertification
Daily Journal

Published in the Labor and Employment section of the Daily Journal, Partner James Oldendorph and attorney Ashley Sykora authored an insightful article titled “Game-changing Legislation Concerning Peace Officer Employment and Decertification.” This article evaluates the new regulations surrounding...

Safe at Work: Staying Compliant Amidst a Changing Workplace
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

The past two years have challenged employers’ resilience and adaptability in our rapidly-changing workplaces.  One such change was the explosion of remote work, which swept across workplaces throughout the country and in some cases, landed a permanent position at the hiring table.  As employers...


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