Michelle B. Heverly is a litigator who focuses on claims involving wage and hour matters, employment discrimination and sexual harassment claims, and leave issues. She also handles nationwide class actions, with particular expertise in Fair Labor Standards Act and California wage claims.
She appears before federal and state courts in California and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the state Labor Commissioner. She has specific knowledge of the following laws:
- Title VII
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Fair Employment and Housing Act
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The California Family Rights Act
- The California Labor Code
- Wage orders
Among her notable cases, Michelle successfully enforced a class action waiver provision on behalf of her client in an employee arbitration agreement, and she successfully removed a three-year-old case to federal court under Class Action Fairness Act rules.
Additionally, Michelle counsels employers regarding a variety of human resource matters, including drafting and revising personnel policies, responding to changes in the law, and dealing with difficult employees. Working with clients in the transportation, retail, and the bio/pharmaceutical industries, she also handles arbitration and mediation.
Michelle has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics including:
- Drafting and implementing commission/bonus plans
- Sexual harassment and discrimination avoidance and defense
- Invasion of privacy
- Wage and hour issues
- Employment-related immigration issues
She also taught courses on immigration, discrimination, and wage and hour issues to human resources professionals in a certified program offered through the Law and Business Management Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Michelle co-chairs Littler Mendelson's Associates Committee and serves as a member of the Shareholder Candidate and Board Nominating Committees.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
- Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association
- Finalist, Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Competition
- Order of the Coif