Karen P. Kruse is a Principal in the Seattle, Washington, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has practiced management-side employment law in Seattle since 1991, with a balance between litigation and employer counseling.
Ms. Kruse has significant experience with class actions and other complex litigation, including wage-hour, employment discrimination, and non-competition disputes. Her counseling practice includes the full range of workplace issues. Ms. Kruse helps employers minimize legal risks by offering strategic advice on specific employee issues. She also helps employers prevent problems by developing policies, forms, practices and training that address both the employer's legal needs and its business realities.
Before law school, Ms. Kruse spent 10 years with the State of Alaska, mainly serving as one of the State's labor relations representatives and negotiators. During law school, Ms. Kruse was an Editor of the Washington Law Review and was awarded the Mary Ellen Krug Scholarship for demonstrating both interest and proficiency in labor and employment law and related subjects. She had the privilege of serving a one-year clerkship for The Honorable Eugene A. Wright, Senior Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
•Employment Opportunity Update, 8 ed. (WA: Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 2003) [Contributing Author]
•Equal Employment Opportunity Update, 7 ed. (WA: Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., 2000) [Contributing Author]
•Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual (WA: King County Bar Association, 1998) [Contributing Author]
•Washington Lawyer's Practice Manual (WA: King County Bar Association, 1996) [Contributing Author]
July 23, 2015
Washington High Court: Piece Rate Compensation Alone Does Not Satisfy Rest Break Pay Requirement
July 23, 2015
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that employers must provide agricultural piece rate workers with extra compensation for their rest periods, rejecting the employer's argument that its piece rate already included compensation for the required rest periods. Demetrio v. Sakuma Bros. Farms, Inc., 2015 Wash. LEXIS 807 (Wash. July...