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Jennifer L. Robbins

Jennifer achieves social and economic justice through strategic, effective, and zealous representation of her public- and private-sector union clients. Jennifer has extensive experience in arbitration and in court fighting employer attempts to deny workers the wages, benefits and working conditions to which they are entitled by their labor contract or under statutory law. Jennifer maintains a dynamic litigation practice and regularly handles cases on behalf of unions, community organizations, and classes of workers to enforce minimum labor standards like fair pay and meal breaks. Her more than a decade of tireless union-side labor work spans multiple industries and every stage of dispute resolution, from advice and negotiations to litigation, trial, and appeal.

Representative Work:

  • Millions of dollars in trial court judgments to remedy meal break violations and unpaid off-the-clock work under Washington state wage law for union-represented workers
  • 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
  • Groundbreaking settlement for nurses union, which included $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
  • Burien Communities for Inclusion v. Respect Washington , 2019 WL 4262081 (Wn. Ct. App. Sept. 9, 2019) affirming preliminary injunction to keep off ballot a measure that would repeal Burien's immigration status ordinance, which prohibits inquiries into immigration status or religious affiliation and prohibits the creation of religious registries, among other things
  • Chavez v. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital at Pasco, 190 Wn.2d 507 (2018) (counsel for amicus Washington State Labor Council) holding class certification was appropriate in nurses' class action against hospital for unpaid wages due to missed breaks
  • Rekhter v. Dep't of Social and Health Servs., 180 Wn.2d 102 (2014) (counsel for SEIU 775 and individual provider) upholding $57 million judgment against State of Washington for breaching implied duty of good faith and fair dealing in State's contracts with individual providers
  • Served on trial team for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 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
  • Regularly obtains reinstatement and other make-whole relief in arbitration for employees terminated or disciplined in violation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Regularly successfully enforces union labor agreements in contract arbitration 

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. Jennifer joined the firm in 2009 and became a partner in 2014.

Jennifer L. Robbins

Partner

tel - 206.285.2828 x6008
fax - 206.378.4132
robbins@workerlaw.com

18 West Mercer Street
Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98119


Practice Emphasis
Union Litigation 
Advising Unions 
Wage & Hour Lawsuits 
Class Action Lawsuits

Admissions
Washington State Bar
U.S. District Court, W.D. Washington
U.S. District Court, E.D. Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education
J.D., University of Washington School of Law
M.A., American Studies, Michigan State University
B.A., English, University of Delaware 

Professional & Civic Engagement 
Selected to Super Lawyers 2019
Selected to Rising Stars by Super Lawyers 2016-2018
Trustee of the King County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, since 2015
Member, Washington Employment Lawyers Association
Member, AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
Member, Washington State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section