Jennifer A. Zaharris

Associate

Jennifer Zaharris represents public and private employers in all areas of labor and employment litigation, including actions for wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, and workers' compensation.  Additionally, Jennifer counsels employers on various workplace practices including employee training, wage and hour laws, terminations, and layoffs.

Prior to joining Paul Plevin, Jennifer was an associate at a general civil litigation defense firm where she defended a variety of matters including employment law, products liability, personal injury, and construction defect.

Education

University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 2011

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B.A. Political Science, 2007

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Associate, January 2014 - present
  • Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos LLP, Associate, December 2011 - December 2013; Law Clerk May 2010 - May 2011

Admissions

  • All California state courts
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Professional Activities

  • Member, State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Volunteer Judge, University of San Diego School of Law Moot Court Competition
  • Member, Hon. William B. Enright Inn of Court
  • Alumni Mentor, University of San Diego School of Law Mentoring Program
  • Firm Alumni Representative, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Volunteer, Dress for Success San Diego



Publications

  • California Fair Pay Act Imposes New Standards For Employers, Association of Corporate Counsel, October 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Personnel Law, San Diego Employers Association, October 2016
  • Personnel Law, San Diego Employers Association, December 2015
  • Gender and Beyond, PPSC Annual Employment Law Seminar, October 2015



  • June 7, 2017: Personnel Law Compliance

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed in a pregnancy discrimination arbitration on behalf of an educational institution
  • Obtained summary judgment in a single plaintiff case involving 11 claims, including gender, pregnancy and disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation brought against a bail bond company (2015)
  • Obtained summary judgment in a single plaintiff case involving claims of retaliation, age and disability discrimination, and wrongful termination brought against a regional healthcare provider (2015)
  • Obtained summary judgement for a restaurant chain on discrimination, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, and retaliation claims