Jennifer L. Robbins
Jennifer represents public- and private-sector union clients and individual employees in all aspects of litigation in state and federal court, arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Jennifer maintains a dynamic litigation practice and advocates for her clients in all phases of dispute resolution, including negotiations, litigation and appeal. Jennifer regularly handles cases seeking to establish and enforce minimum labor standards and to fight employer attempts to deny workers the wages, benefits and working conditions to which they are entitled by their labor
contract or under statutory law. She provides strategic, effective advice to her union clients seeking to achieve social and economic justice on behalf of the workers they represent and to improve the lives of working people.
- Groundbreaking settlement for nurses union, which includes $5 million in back pay for nurses for hospital's failure to provide work-free rest and meal breaks; block rest breaks hospital-wide; and 26 new FTEs dedicated to providing break relief coverage.
- Filo Foods, LLC, et al. v. City of SeaTac, 183 Wn.2d 770 (2015) upholding the validity and enforceability of SeaTac Proposition 1, which established a living wage and other minimum labor standards for thousands of hospitality and transportation industry workers in the City of SeaTac
- $1.89 million judgment in employee class action to remedy meal break violations under Washington state law for union-represented workers
- Reinstatement and other make-whole relief in arbitration for employees terminated or disciplined in violation of collective bargaining agreements
- Served on trial team for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ("IAM") District 751 in its case against Boeing for violations of the National Labor Relations Act when the company relocated work to South Carolina for retaliatory reasons.
- Successful defense of union clients in breach duty of fair representation cases
Jennifer earned her J.D. with Honors in Law from the University of Washington School of Law, where she co-founded the Disability Law Alliance and was co-President of the Center for Human Rights and Justice. Jennifer earned her M.A., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University in 2001, where she studied movements for social and economic justice and the ways those movements have changed and shaped American law, policy and politics. Prior to law school, Jennifer spent a number of years working as an advocate for low-income people with disabilities at non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest.