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Catherine M. Dacre

Partner

San Francisco
Direct: (415) 544-1004
Fax: (415) 397-8549
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Catherine Dacre is the leader of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office.  Her practice includes wage and hour class action litigation of California Labor Code and FLSA claims in state and federal court.  Ms. Dacre has a 25-year history in litigation representing clients in the retail, personal services, pharmaceutical, technology, medical, hospitality, security services, restaurant, insurance, financial services, food production, transportation, publishing, and entertainment industries, through trial and appeal.  She has successfully defended employers in wage and hour class actions, as well as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistleblower and other matters in state and federal court.
 
Ms. Dacre was part of the trial team that obtained the first defense jury verdict in a wage and hour class action in California.  The trial court’s decertification of one of the classes in the same case was upheld on appeal in a published opinion.  Ms. Dacre has secured denial of class certification in meal and rest, misclassification, and overtime cases.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal upheld summary judgment and denial of class certification in an overtime compensation case she defended for an international client.
 
Ms. Dacre has conducted numerous seminars and trainings on employment topics for a wide variety of clients and organizations, and is a contributor to the Firm’s recently published treatise on wage and hour law, Wage and Hour Collective and Class Litigation.
Catherine Dacre is the leader of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s San Francisco office.  Her practice includes wage and hour class action litigation of California Labor Code and FLSA claims in state and federal court.  Ms. Dacre has a 25-year history in litigation representing clients in the retail, personal services, pharmaceutical, technology, medical, hospitality, security services, restaurant, insurance, financial services, food production, transportation, publishing, and entertainment industries, through trial and appeal.  She has successfully defended employers in wage and hour class actions, as well as discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistleblower and other matters in state and federal court.
 
Ms. Dacre was part of the trial team that obtained the first defense jury verdict in a wage and hour class action in California.  The trial court’s decertification of one of the classes in the same case was upheld on appeal in a published opinion.  Ms. Dacre has secured denial of class certification in meal and rest, misclassification, and overtime cases.  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal upheld summary judgment and denial of class certification in an overtime compensation case she defended for an international client.
 
Ms. Dacre has conducted numerous seminars and trainings on employment topics for a wide variety of clients and organizations, and is a contributor to the Firm’s recently published treatise on wage and hour law, Wage and Hour Collective and Class Litigation.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1989)
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (1982)

Admissions

  • California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • City of Novato Police Advisory Review Board, Commissioner

Representative Class Action Litigation

  • Bibian, et al. v. DS Waters of America, Inc., d/b/a DS Services of America, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Case No. BC 547258.  Hourly telesales representative employees alleging violations of the California Labor Code including failure to pay wages due to illegal rounding, overtime compensation and timely wages and accurate wage statements; and joint employer allegations.
  • Ng, et al. v. Reed Elsevier, Inc., d/b/a LexisNexis, et al., Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, Case No. CGC 14 537657,  Publishing operations analyst employees alleging violations of the California Labor Code including failure to compensate overtime and PAGA claims.
  • Ethridge v. Universal Health Services, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Case No. BC 391958, Alleged failure to pay overtime wages and failure to provide meal and rest periods to class of non-exempt employees.
  • Jessica Raymundo, et al. v. Carlton Hair International, Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Case No.  30-2010-00354160.  Class action involving stylists and salon coordinators, alleging unpaid overtime, meal and rest period break violations, inaccurate wage statements and failure to reimburse.  
  • Carmela Lopez, et al.  v. Carlton Hair International, United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. 08 CV 8221.  Class action of non-exempt employees alleging failure to provide meal and rest periods and failure to pay overtime wages under the California Labor Code.
  • Cory James Mook, et al. v. Regis Corporation,Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Case No. 30-2009-00278779.  Class action involving stylists and apprentices alleging overtime violations, off-the-clock work, minimum wage and waiting time penalties. 
  • Blanca Bonilla, et al. v. Regis Corporation, Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Case No. 30-2009-00329724. Class action involving stylists and alleging meal and rest break violations, inaccurate wage statements and waiting time penalties. 
  • Luiza Manukyan, et al. v. Regis Corporation,United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. CV09-04807 MMM (FFMx) - Class action involving stylists and alleging overtime violations, off-the-clock work, minimum wage and waiting time penalties.
  • Eka Ninua v. Regis Corporation,United States District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. CV 09 4045 JSW,  Class action involving stylists and alleging unlawful deductions, failure to reimburse business expenses in connection with commission plan.
  • Norma Orozco v. Regis Corporation, Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Case No. BC443273.  Class action involving stylists and alleging failure to provide rest periods, unreimbursed business expenses and unfair business practices.
  • Doris Miller v. Regis Corporation, United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. CV 07-4587 GW (AJWx)  Class action involving stylists and alleging failure to correctly calculate the regular rate of pay for purposes of overtime compensation, illegality in connection with commission plan. 
  • Michele Kenny, et al. v. Regis Corporation, United States District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. C 06-7521 CRB.  Class action involving stylists and salon managers and alleging meal and rest break violations. 
  • Liliana Solis, et al. v. Regis Corporation, United States District Court, Northern District of California, Case No. C 05-03039 CRB.  Class action involving stylists and alleging meal and rest  period break violations, illegal commission scheme, paychecks issued on out of state bank. 
  • Kevin McConnell v. Red Robin International, United States District Court, Northern District of California.  Class action involving restaurant servers and alleging meal and rest break violations,  unpaid wages and derivative claims.
  • Leslie Stano v. IPC International, United States District Court, Central District of California.  Class action involving security guards and alleging unpaid wages, overtime violations arising from off the clock work, illegal rounding, and donning and doffing, meal and rest break violations, and derivative claims.
  • Celese Cook v. United Insurance Company of America, Contra Costa County Superior Court.  Class action involving insurance sales agents and alleging unreimbursed business expenses, unlawful deductions, unpaid vacation and derivative claims. 
  • Jeanne Schultz v. Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc., United States District Court, Northern District of California.  Class action involving vacation ownership sales associates and alleging misclassification, unpaid wages and overtime, meal and rest break violations and derivative claims. 
  • Aaron Martinez v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.,San Francisco County Superior Court.  Class action involving video game quality testers and alleging unpaid wages and meal and rest break violations.  
  • Sarinana v. DS Waters of America, United States District Court, Northern District of California.  Class action involving water sales representatives and alleging unpaid overtime and derivative claims.
  • Walsh/Wiseman v. IKON,San Francisco County Superior Court.  Class action involving sales representatives  and alleging misclassification, unpaid wages and overtime, meal and rest break violations, illegal commission plans, unlawful deductions, unreimbursed expenses, and derivative claims.
  • Chin v. Countrywide Home Loans, Alameda County Superior Court.  Class action involving home mortgage sales representatives and alleging misclassification and related claims.
  • Hoenemier v. Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara County Superior Court. Class action involving technical writers and alleging misclassification, failure to pay overtime, meal and rest break violations and derivative claims.
  • Hicks v. Costco, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Disability discrimination complaint involving retail store employee.

Publications

  • Member, Board of Editors, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012). Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation
  • Chapter Author, "Chapter 15 - Strategic Considerations in Moving for Summary Judgment," Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).  Definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation