Overview

Alecia W. Winfield advises and represents a broad range of employers in industries such as manufacturing, healthcare and retail, among others. She works with in-house counsel and human resources to provide advice and counsel on challenging personnel and policy-related issues, corrective actions, terminations and leaves of absence. She defends employers in single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination lawsuits, and wage and hour class actions.

As a core member of the firm’s Employment Practices Audits Practice group, Alecia oversees and implements employment practices audits using the firm’s innovative technology product, Audit QB.  She works on audits locally and nationally, which include reviews of wage and hour compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act, state wage and hour laws, and state and federal overtime exemptions. 

Alecia’s extensive experience in employment litigation includes appearances in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. She has specific experience with claims involving:

  • Title VII
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Employment and Housing Act
  • The California Family Rights Act
  • Wage and hour laws

Alecia regularly counsels and provides training to employers on a variety of human resources issues, such as:

  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Workplace investigations
  • Medical leaves
  • Disability accommodations
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Harassment and discrimination prevention
  • Effective management

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Executive Committee

Labor and Employment Section

Beverly Hills Bar Association

Member

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Member

John M. Langston Bar Association

Member

The Ebell of Los Angeles

Recognition

Named, Rising Star in Employment and Labor

Southern California

Super Lawyers

2012

News, Analysis & Press

Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities in California, co-authored by Tammy McCutchen, Alecia Winfield and Ashley Brick

June 2015

Speaking Engagements

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Managing Challenges that Arise When the Employment Relationship Ends

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 3, 2018

Labor Law Seminar 2015

Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce

October 22, 2015

Wage and Hour Compliance Strategies for Residential Care Facilities

6Beds, Inc.

August 1, 2015

The Interplay Between State and Federal Law: Best Practices for California Home Care Providers

Home Care Association of America

March 17, 2015
Employee From Hell

Los Angeles, CA

February 28, 2014

Everything You Need To Know About Employee Investigations and Discipline But Were Afraid To Ask

Labor and Employment Law Section - Beverly Hills Bar Association

September 10, 2013

Education

  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California