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Kim Kamel

Partner

Location:
Spokane
Phone:
509.755.2013
Fax:
509.213.8684
Email:
kkamel@hawleytroxell.com

Biography

Kim Kamel is a labor and employment attorney. She provides day-to-day employment advice, drafts contracts and handbooks, and has also litigated cases.

Kim represents clients in administrative and court litigation in Washington and Idaho. She has successfully defended business clients in Human Rights Commission complaints, unemployment and EEOC claims, and industrial insurance claims in federal and state courts in Washington and Idaho. Kim has extensive experience related to wage and hour claims, discrimination claims, and labor disputes and negotiations. She also counsels employers on day-to-day labor and employment issues.

Kim frequently represent employers in all aspects of employment defense litigation, Kim also provides consulting services which include day-to-day advice regarding employment issues. She conducts investigations and provides training and compliance advice and advises management in labor negotiations.

Kim’s expertise includes the following areas:

• Harassment complaints
• ADAAA and FMLA issues
• FLSA litigation
• Unemployment and Labor and Industries benefits
• Discrimination and retaliation complaints
• Wrongful termination claims
• Wage and hour issues
• Unfair labor practices

SIGNIFICANT REPRESENTATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Setser v. Idaho Home Health & Hospice/LHC Group, LLC,(USDC, Idaho, 2014) (Representing defendant in sexual harassment claim).
  • Koch v. CHS Inc., 2012 WL 6093891 (USDC, Idaho, 2012) (Represented defendant in an age and FLSA case. Moved to dismiss pro-se’s filing of collective action certification and won; moved for summary judgment and had two of the three causes of action dismissed).
  • David L. Macintosh v. Welco of Idaho, Inc. & Jesse Marble v. Welco of Idaho, Inc. (2007) (Represented defendants against claims of defamation, gross negligence, termination of an at-will employee, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and recovery of damages for invasion of private sector employee’s privacy: placing plaintiff in a false light.) Defendants won on summary judgment.
  • Seabury & Smith, Inc. v. Payne Financial Group, Inc., et al., 393 F. Supp.2d 1057. (E.D. Wash. 2005) (Breach of covenant not to compete).
  • William C. Haley and Olaphan Haley v. Red Robin International, Inc. (Represented defendant against breach of contract claim, violation of Fair Labor Standards Act, and violation of Washington’s Minimum Wage Act. Defendant filed a counterclaim for overpayment of wages and other monies. Defendant won summary judgment award.)
  • Represented children in several guardian ad litem cases where custody and visitation were in question. After investigation of the matters, reports filed with the court and matters settled.

EDUCATION

Law School:

Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1999

Undergraduate:

University of California Irvine, B.A., 1994

BAR ADMISSIONS

Washington

Idaho

US District Court, Eastern & Western Districts of Washington

US District Court, District of Idaho

PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

Leadership Spokane, Board Member

YMCA Employee Committee Member

Washington Women Lawyers, Former President

Gonzaga Law Review, Former Membership Support Chair

Washington State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Former Executive Committee Board Member

Idaho State Bar, Employment and Labor Law Section

Spokane County Bar Association

SHRM Member

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