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Morin I. Jacob

Partner, San Francisco

415.512.3000
mjacob@lcwlegal.com

Morin counsels and represents Liebert Cassidy Whitmore clients on all labor and employment law, primarily working with public safety agencies, but also representing Cities, Counties, and Special Districts.

Morin has handled all facets of defense-side employment litigation, from pre-litigation through trial and appeal.  Most recently, Morin first-chaired a five week jury trial for the County of Stanislaus Sheriff's Department and secured a complete defense verdict on all causes of action.  Morin is also lead counsel in the BART Police Department arbitration where BART PD seeks to sustain the termination of a peace officer that was present when Oscar Grant was shot and killed.  In addition to trials and arbitrations, she has represented clients in administrative proceedings, including before the DFEH, EEOC and EDD. 

Morin also has extensive experience in conducting workplace investigations.  She has investigated high-level employees for allegations such as harassment, discrimination, embezzlement, and negligence in carrying out their duties.  Morin has also testified in proceedings, defending her workplace investigations.

Morin also has experience in labor negotiations in the public sector.  She has represented local police, fire, and County agencies in labor negotiations with employee unions.

Morin also conducts management training programs on a variety of employment law issues, including POBR and FBOR, discipline and termination, counseling and evaluation, wage and hour issues, and sexual harassment prevention. 

Morin has served as a member of the League of California Cities Employee Relations Committee.  Additionally Morin has published numerous articles including "Using FACT to avoid Fiction," "Red Flag Rules," "Keeping the Faith," "Civil Wrongs," and "Just Saying No to Drug Tests."  From 2000-2006, Morin was a lecturer at the California State University, Stanislaus.  She taught a pre-law/civil liberties course entitled "Women in American Law."

In 2014, Morin was selected to attend the Senior Executives in State and Local Government course offered by  Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Executive Education), where she studied cutting edge issues involving public safety, state and local government.  She is also a contributing author to the firm's California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog.

Representative Matters

Administrative Hearings

  • BART v. BART POA (2013) - Represented BART Police Department as first-chair in a final and binding arbitration proceeding. Successfully upheld the termination of a police officer who had been terminated by the police chief after it was discovered he had been drinking while on duty, had recreationally used drugs with a neighbor, and was subsequently accused of rape by the neighbor the same evening he used drugs with her.

Amicus Briefs

  • Harris v. City of Santa Monica (2013) - Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the League of California Cities and the CA State Association of Counties in support of the City of Santa Monica in Harris v. City of Santa Monica in which the California Supreme Court agreed with the City and our position that an employee claiming discrimination under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) has the burden to prove that discrimination on the basis of a protected characteristic was a substantial motivating factor for an adverse employment action as opposed to "a motivating factor." In addition, if the employer proves, by a preponderance of the evidence, that it would have made the same employment decision in the absence of any discrimination, the employee is not entitled to receive damages, but may be entitled to other relief, including reasonable attorneys' fees.

Litigation

  • Wallace v. Stanislaus County (2013) - Represented the County in a wrongful termination jury trial and obtained a full defense verdict on two causes of action. Deputy Wallace, who had filed 15 workers' compensation claims while on duty, had a list of physical restrictions that were established by his doctor, and as a result was re-assigned to "lighter duty" as a bailiff. Wallace refused the re-assignment, and after saying that he did not agree with doctor's restrictions, asked for a different task. When his request was denied, he sued the County for failure to accommodate and engage in interactive process.
  • Lydia Lopez v. County of Stanislaus, Sheriff's Department, and Bill Pooley (2010) - This was a five week-long superior court jury trial.  The case originally involved seventeen causes of action.  After successfully defending most of the claims prior to trial, four causes of action went to the jury: sexual harassment, failure to engage in the interactive process (disability discrimination), failure to engage in the interactive process (disability discrimination) and retaliation.    A majority of jurors found in favor of the County of Stanislaus on all causes of action.  The first cause of action for sexual harassment was 9-3 in favor of the County and Pooley; the second cause of action for retaliation was 10-2 in favor of the County; the third cause of action for failure to provide reasonable accommodation was 10-2 in favor of the County; and the fourth cause of action for failure to engage in the interactive process was 11-1 in favor of the County.

Publications

Presentations

Education

  • Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government
  • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • BA, California State University, Stanislaus
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