John Zaimes

Los Angeles,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone213 229 9545

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  • Consumer & Employment Arbitration
  • Employment & Benefits
  • Internal Investigations
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Litigation & Counseling
Contact InfoTelephone: 213 229 9545
Fax: 213 625 0248
University University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1971; Northwestern University, M.A., 1973
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1979
Admitted1980, California; US Supreme Court; US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; US District Court for the Central District of California; US District Court for the Eastern District of California; US District Court for the Southern District of California; US District Court for the Northern District of California; US District Court for the Northern District of Texas; US District Court for the Southern District of New York; US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

John is Co-Leader of Mayer Brown’s US Employment Group. He has extensive litigation and counseling experience with all manner of employment-related issues, including wrongful termination, wage and hour, harassment and discrimination claims, as well as OSHA matters and reductions in force. He also frequently handles corporate internal investigations, matters involving covenants not to compete, employee solicitation and the protection of trade secrets/confidential information.

John regularly defends companies in class action suits, including those claiming violations of California's wage and hour laws and those brought under the federal and state consumer credit reporting statutes. His wage and hour experience includes successfully trying to judgment a major suit with statewide implications against the California State Labor Commissioner.

In addition to his trial work, John's experience includes a number of published decisions, including:

•two United States Supreme Court opinions;
Meghrig v. KFC Western, Inc., 516 U.S. 479 (1996) (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)

Cory v. Western Oil & Gas Assn. 471 U.S. 81 (1985) (Commerce Clause)
•the California District Court of Appeal's 2009 wage and hour class action precedent, Hernandez v. Vitamin Shoppe Industries, 174 Cal. App. 4th 1441 (2009)

•three federal court wage and hour class action precedents:
Harris v. Vector Marketing Corp., 753 F. Supp.2d 996 (N.D. Cal. 2010) (FLSA collective action certification)

Harris, supra, 716 F.Supp.2d 835 (N.D. Cal. 2010) (Conditional FLSA collective action certification)

Harris, supra, 656 F.Supp.2d 1128 (N.D. Cal. 2009) (Summary judgment in class action/collective action)
•the landmark 2007 consumer credit reporting act decision in Trujillo v. First American Registry, 157 Cal. App. 4th 628 (2007)
•the 2003 employment discrimination precedent on the stray remarks doctrine, Gibbs v. Consolidated Disposal Service, Inc., 111 Cal. App. 4th 794 (2003)
Carson Harbor Village, Ltd., v. Unocal Corporation, 287 F.Supp.2d 1118 (C.D. Cal. 2003) (Summary Judgment, CERCLA)

Among the clients he represents are manufacturing concerns, credit and related reporting agencies, financial institutions, retailers, life sciences companies, consulting firms, hospitality industry and food service clients and sales organizations.

John has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell as Preeminent, meeting the highest criteria for legal ability and professional ethical standards. He has also been selected by his peers as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers multiple times from 2005-2015.


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US Supreme Court Rules Employers Do Not Need to Pay Employees For Post-Shift Time in Security Lines
Maritoni D. Kane,Andrew S. Rosenman,Ruth Zadikany,John Zaimes, February 26, 2015
In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, the US Supreme Court has ruled that Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require that employees be compensated for time spent going through (and waiting to go through) security screenings before leaving the workplace.

California Court of Appeal Holds That A Parent Holding Company May Be Liable for the Unlawful Wage and Hour Practices of a Subsidiary
Marcia E. Goodman,Andrea M. Weiss,Ruth Zadikany,Lori A. Zahalka,John Zaimes, December 2, 2014
Decision: In Castaneda v. The Ensign Group, the California Court of Appeal issued a published decision holding that a corporate parent that has no employees can be found liable for its subsidiary’s nonpayment of overtime and minimum wages to employees if the parent wholly owns the subsidiary...

New California Employment Laws Impose Additional Responsibilities On Employers
Marcia E. Goodman,Andrea M. Weiss,Ruth Zadikany,Lori A. Zahalka,John Zaimes, December 2, 2014
Development: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a series of bills aimed at increasing protections for California workers. Most notable are the implementation of a paid sick leave requirement in California and a new law that imposes statutory joint employer liability on companies that use...

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350 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor
Los AngelesCA 90071-1503


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