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Grace Kim's legal practice encompasses all manner of labor and employment law issues. 

A significant portion of her practice involves defending both public and private employers in state and federal courts in employment matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Grace also regularly advises employers on drafting employee handbooks, complying with wage and hour laws, hiring practices, background checks, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, good faith interactive process, workplace investigations, policy modifications, terminations, and litigation avoidance practices. 

Grace has experience responding to charges of discrimination, retaliation and other violations filed with state and federal government agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), and Department of Labor (DOL).

Grace has defended manufacturers, dairies, hospitals, academic institutions, municipal entities, insurance carriers, retail, restaurants, financial institutions, automotive, resorts, celebrities, domestic services companies, and other corporate clients in a wide range of litigation matters, including employment law and civil rights claims throughout Southern, Central and Northern California.

Prior to joining FordHarrison, Grace was an associate in a California-based labor and employment boutique firm and prior to that an AmLaw Top 200 law firm. While in law school, she served as Articles Editor for Loyola Law School's International and Comparative Law Review and a member of the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Team. 
 

Representative Experience
  • Provided advice and counsel, including review and revision of an extensive number of employee handbooks, for a wide variety of industries. 
  • Successfully provided advice and counsel to assist clients in limiting civil liability and other risks associated with investigative results.
  • Obtained summary adjudication in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of an educational institution for claims of discrimination and harassment, and successfully secured a favorable resolution for the remaining high-stake claims of whistleblowing, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal for a claim involving unpaid wages with the Department of Industrial Relations. 
  • Successfully represented several clients in the mediation and settlement of discrimination claims before the EEOC, the California DFEH and in court.
  • Represented clients in wage and hour actions involving individual, class, collective and PAGA actions, presenting meal period, rest break, misclassification, off-the-clock, tip pooling, compensable time, and other claims under federal and California law.
Languages
  • Korean, fluent