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Rachel C. Schumacher

601 West Fifth Street
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Rachel Schumacher focuses her litigation practice in the areas of labor and employment law. She represents employers in federal and state litigation matters, including class action and individual claims of wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, age, disability, race and sex discrimination, failure to accommodate, whistleblower and public policy wrongful discharge. Rachel has extensive class action experience and focuses primarily on wage and hour class actions and collective actions, including Fair Labor Standards Act, meal and rest period, donning and doffing, vacation and regular rate of pay claims at the state and federal levels. Rachel also represents management in a variety of labor relations matters, including collective bargaining and unfair labor practice charges. She also provides employers with day-to-day preventive counseling and strategic solutions in connection with hiring, promotion, disability accommodation and termination of their employees, as well as compliance with local state and federal employment laws.

Rachel has conducted seminars on employment law issues addressing topics such as wage and hour compliance, workplace investigations, legislative trends, employment discrimination and harassment, leave issues, disability discrimination, accommodation, and social media. Her experience spans a variety of industries including transportation, retail, hospitality, private equity, start up business, cannabis, and entertainment, among others.

In addition to her employment and labor work, Rachel is an active member of Akerman's Regulated Substances Practice, which provides counsel to clients on the complex legal and business issues impacting companies with interests in the medical and adult-use cannabis industries.
Published Works & Lectures
Rachel has presented in multiple venues and on varied topics, including at firm sponsored annual legislative update seminars, a joint SHRM event, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section retreat. Topics have ranged from leave issues, hot topics in traditional labor law, social media policies, regulatory and statute updates, and general wage and hour issues.
Bloomberg, Daily Labor Report, Quoted, "Employers Must Be Nimble Navigating State Marijuana Laws," February 15, 2017
Professional Memberships & Activities
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
Orange County Bar Association, Member

Associated News, Events and Publications

Rachel C. Schumacher

Labor & Employment
J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2004; Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Notes Editor
B.A., Princeton University, 2001
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