Julia Luster is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Ogletree Deakins. Julia vigorously represents employers in all stages of litigation in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration. Julia has extensive experience preparing and responding to discovery, drafting dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions, arguing in both trial and appellate courts, and preparing single-plaintiff and class settlement agreements. Julia handles cases ranging from wage and hour and misclassification class actions to single-plaintiff cases where she has assisted clients facing claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination. Julia also represents clients before administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).
Insights by Julia A. Luster
California Court of Appeal Clarifies Meal and Rest Period Premium Calculation and the Enforceability of Rounding Policies
California employers have long grappled with two wage and hour questions:
- What rate of pay should be used to calculate meal and rest period premiums in California?
- Does the facially neutral “rounding” of employee work time, which results in a small subset of employees being undercompensated, result in systematic undercompensation on a class-wide basis?