Biography

Rebecca Stephens counsels clients on developing and implementing sound employment policies, conducting workplace investigations, and administering separations from employment. She also represents employers in a wide range of matters in both federal and state courts, including wage and hour disputes and wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination cases.

Rebecca’s clients range from small businesses to global corporations. She advises employers on day-to-day employment matters, including challenging issues relating to accommodations and leaves of absence. She also advises clients on practices and policies related to termination, including negotiating severance and separation agreements. Rebecca takes a practical, solutions-focused approach and understands the importance of tailoring her advice to each employer’s needs, goals, and culture.

In her litigation practice, Rebecca has experience with class and representative actions and single-plaintiff cases in federal and state courts and before arbitrators. She also represents clients before administrative agencies including the DLSE, the EEOC, and the DFEH.

Rebecca served as a law clerk and attorney-advisor to the Honorable Jennifer Gee of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Barristers Labor & Employment Executive Committee, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Northwestern Law Alumni Club of San Francisco
  • Co-Chair, Impact Committee, Mission Graduates

Firm Highlights

News

Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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In the Weeds: Marijuana Legalization & Employment Laws

Over the last several years, attitudes towards marijuana use have rapidly changed in the United States. According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of U.S. respondents said marijuana use should be legal...

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What Employers Should Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act Taking Effect January 1, 2020

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a consumer-friendly privacy law inspired by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, is set to take effect. The CCPA is aimed towards bolstering...

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Major Victory for hiQ Labs, 9th Circuit Upholds Right to Access Publicly Available LinkedIn Data

In a blockbuster ruling, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed startup hiQ Labs, Inc.’s preliminary injunction (PI) against LinkedIn granted by Judge Edward Chen of the United States District Court for the Northern...

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New California Crown Act Reminds Employers to Carefully Consider Workplace Dress and Grooming Policies

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the nation’s first bill banning discrimination based on an employee’s hairstyle. Senate Bill 188, otherwise known as the Crown Act, expanded the definition of race under...

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