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Jennifer L. Mora

Senior Counsel

Los Angeles - Century City
Direct: (310) 201-9278
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Jennifer Mora is senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Mora’s labor and employment practice is unique in that she not only has broad subject matter experience, but she has developed a special expertise in background check laws. She regularly advises and defends employers and consumer reporting agencies on the intersection of federal and state background check laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state law equivalents, state and local ban the box laws and other laws impacting employment-purposed background checks.

In addition, Ms. Mora has extensive experience in:

  • Advising clients on federal and state drug-free workplace and drug-testing issues, including compliance with Department of Transportation-mandated programs
  • Counseling clients on workplace privacy and information security issues, including advising clients on notification obligations in response to security breaches
  • Representing and counseling employers in all aspects of traditional labor law
  • Defending employers in state and federal courts with a focus on litigating disability and failure to accommodate claims

Ms. Mora writes extensively on background screening issues and has given numerous presentations on the topic. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, she focused her practice exclusively on representing and defending employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters and has been doing so her entire career.

Jennifer Mora is senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Mora’s labor and employment practice is unique in that she not only has broad subject matter experience, but she has developed a special expertise in background check laws. She regularly advises and defends employers and consumer reporting agencies on the intersection of federal and state background check laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and state law equivalents, state and local ban the box laws and other laws impacting employment-purposed background checks.

In addition, Ms. Mora has extensive experience in:

  • Advising clients on federal and state drug-free workplace and drug-testing issues, including compliance with Department of Transportation-mandated programs
  • Counseling clients on workplace privacy and information security issues, including advising clients on notification obligations in response to security breaches
  • Representing and counseling employers in all aspects of traditional labor law
  • Defending employers in state and federal courts with a focus on litigating disability and failure to accommodate claims

Ms. Mora writes extensively on background screening issues and has given numerous presentations on the topic. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, she focused her practice exclusively on representing and defending employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters and has been doing so her entire career.

Education

  • J.D., Seattle University, cum laude (2001)

  • B.A., California State University, Stanislaus (1996)

Admissions

  • California
  • Arizona
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Central Districts of Washington

Affiliations

  • National Association of Professional Background Screeners
  • The Alliance for Housing and Healing (Board Member)

Presentations

  • "California Employment Legislative Update—What’s Coming in 2018?," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 1, 2017)
  • “Addressing Complex Employment Relationships in Background Checks,” National Association of Professional Background Screeners, Mid-Year Legislative Conference (March 2017)
  • “Why You Should Screen Your Workforce and How To Do It Lawfully,” Webinar, presented by BrightTALK (February 1, 2017)
  • “Background Screening: Identifying the Trends and Challenges Facing Employers in the Year Ahead,” Webinar, presented by Hire Image (January 25, 2017)
  • “Legal Landscape for CRAs and Employers: Courts, Administrative Agencies, and Legislatures Make Compliance More Challenging than Ever,” National Association of Professional Background Screeners, Annual Conference (September 2016)
  • “Navigating the Maze of Ban-The-Box and Other New Laws Restricting Employment Screening,” Webinar, presented by National Association of Professional Background Screeners (April 2016)
  • “What Does the ‘Ban-The-Box Movement’ Really Mean for Employers and Consumer Reporting Agencies?” Webinar, presented by National Association of Professional Background Screeners (July 2015)
  • “Recent Developments for CRAs and Employers: The Legal Landscape Becomes More Treacherous Than Ever,” Webinar, presented by National Association of Professional Background Screeners (April 2015)

Publications

  • Co-Author, "DOT Amends Employee Drug Testing Requirements," Management Alert, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 15, 2017)
  • Quoted, “Lawmaker seeks to roll back Austin’s ‘Ban the Box’ hiring rule,” Watchdog.org (December 14, 2016)
  • “New Background Check Requirements for Calif. On-Demand Drivers,” SHRM Online (October 25, 2016)
  • “California Fair Employment & Housing Council Considers Proposed Rules to Restrict Employer Use of Criminal History,” Westlaw Journal Employment, Thomson Reuters (August 30, 2016)
  • Co-Author, “EEOC Won't Forget About Background Checks After Freeman,” Law360 (October 1, 2015)
  • “Hawaii: State Supreme Court Considers Ex-Offender Anti-Discrimination Law,” Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (March 23, 2015)
  • Co-Author, “FCRA Compliance Moves up the To-Do List,” Today’s General Counsel (December 31, 2014)
  • Co-Author, “SF curbs criminal background checks,” Daily Journal (February 25, 2014)
  • Co-Author, “A Close Look At Calif.'s New Protections For Ex-Offenders, Law360.com (December 2, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “Criminal Records Restrictions,” Security Management (October 1, 2013)
  • Co-Author, “EEOC’s Ongoing Interest In Criminal Background Checks,” Law360.com (July 12, 2013)
  • “Preparing for Labor Arbitrations in a ‘Just Cause’ World, Best Practices,” Bloomberg BNA, Daily Labor Report (June 18, 2013)

Accolades

  • 2017 JD Supra Top Author
  • Nominated, National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association (2009)