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Jayde M. Ashford

Jayde M. Ashford

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  • Labor and Employment

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Jayde represents corporate clients in all aspects of employment matters arising under federal and state law, including, but not limited to, Title VII, the FLSA, the FMLA, the ADA and the ADEA.

In addition to litigation, Jayde advises employers on best practices relating to hiring and termination decisions, employment policies and workplace investigations. Jayde also prepares and negotiates separation and release agreements, employment contracts and independent contractor agreements, and non-competition and confidentiality agreements. In addition, Jayde counsels clients regarding labor and employment obligations and representations in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Jayde also represents employers and high-level executives in connection with disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair competition and a variety of complex contractual disputes, including those involving requests for emergency injunctive relief.

Jayde is contributing author to the firm’s Employment & Labor Perspectives blog.

Representative Experience

  • First-chair experience prosecuting claims for breach of contract and tortious interference against three former employees and a competing entity who began soliciting a client’s customers and employees in order to wrongfully compete in the oil and gas industry, including obtaining an ex parte temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction.
  • Advised media company on an internal investigation related to claims of workplace harassment, discrimination and workplace violence, and counselled client regarding disciplinary action and employee training resulting from same.
  • Facilitated client training on New York State and New York City sexual harassment laws, and provided counselling regarding the requirements of same to multiple clients in different industries.
  • Successfully resolved claims on behalf of private equity fund brought in the context of a Texas Workforce Commission audit and investigations related to alleged misclassification of independent contractors.
  • Conducted buy-side employment due diligence for technology company, and counseled buyer through post-closing employment improvements, including drafting new policies and procedures, new employee offer letters and other agreements.
  • Negotiated favorable terms for the separation of a C-level executive from a manufacturing company.
  • Represents a technology company, providing practical business solutions and day-to-day advice and counseling on compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination, retaliation and harassment laws; performance evaluations and employee discipline; managing employee leave; protecting confidential and proprietary information; and termination issues.
  • Represents companies regarding labor and employment obligations and in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
  • First-chair experience representing a nationwide retailer in connection with numerous discrimination and retaliation claims.
  • First-chair experience representing a property management company in connection with claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, including negotiating a favorable early resolution of all claims, avoiding extensive discovery.
  • Counselled clients on compliance with employment agreements, including non-solicitation and non-competition provisions.
  • On trial team representing a private equity investment advisor and one of its portfolio company's former executive team and a competitive private equity investment advisor based on corporate usurpation, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of trade secrets in which the client was seeking relief in excess of $700 million.
  • Conducted employment-related trainings to managers and hourly employees on employment law issues.
  • Assisted in successfully defending employers against allegations of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, failure to accommodate, defamation, breach of contract and other violations of state and federal law.

Education

BA, Pepperdine University, cum laude, 2010
Areas of Practice

Complex Employment Litigation | Executive Compensation/Employee Benefits | Labor and Employment

Articles

  • 7 Tips For Accommodating Breastfeeding Mothers in The Workplace, Straightline
  • Conducting HR Assessments in Advance of Employee Complaint, Bloomberg Law
  • 10 Common Legal Mistakes Made By Small Businesses and How You Can Avoid Them, The Business Journals
  • INSIGHT: EEOC Sexual Harassment Class Cases Rise—Tips to Foster Worry-Free Workplaces, Bloomberg Law
  • 6 Ways Employers Can Accommodate Nursing Mothers in the Workplace, The Business Journals
  • Ten Employer Resolutions for 2015: Implementing Lessons Learned From Last Year, Bloomberg BNA - Daily Labor Report
  • A Business Owner’s Guide to Hiring a Lawyer, UNT Dallas Law Review
  • 5 Action Items That Should Be Part of Your Employment Practices, The Business Journals
  • 5 Tips for Managing Email and Internet Use in the Workplace, The Business Journals
  • Proposed OFCCP—EEOC Merger: A Match Made in Heaven?, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter, Volume 46, Number 1
  • 10 Tips for Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations in the #MeToo Era, The Business Journals
  • 6 steps to develop return-to work protocols for employers with Covid-19-vulnerable employees, The Business Journals
  • President Trump Imposes Travel Restrictions against North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela and Removes Restrictions against Sudan
  • United States Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Injunctions against Executive Order Regarding Travel Suspensions
  • President Trump Issues Revised Executive Order Regarding Travel Suspension
  • Federal Compliance Checklist: Drafting Exempt Employees' Job Descriptions, Bloomberg Law
  • Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts to Review Latest Executive Order Regarding Travel Suspension
  • Revised Form I-9 Published
  • Impact of Immigration-Related Executive Order on Global Employers
  • Hawaii Federal District Court Converts TRO Against New Travel Suspension Executive Order to a Preliminary Injunction; Administration Appeals Ruling
  • Ninth Circuit Court Denies Government’s Request to Reinstate Travel Suspensions
  • Two Federal Courts Block President Trump’s Latest 90-Day Travel Suspension
  • New EEO-1 Pay Reporting Requirements Stayed Indefinitely
  • Status of OFCCP-Related Executive Orders Under the Trump Administration
  • Appeal of Revised E.O. Before SCOTUS Deemed Moot
  • Fourth Circuit Court Issues Ruling Against Executive Order Regarding Travel Suspension
  • Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against Key Provisions of Executive Order Regarding Travel Suspension
  • Viewpoint: Minimize Vacation Scheduling Conflicts in the Pandemic, SHRM
  • The Perils of Ignoring Supervisor Misconduct, Risk Management

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