Natalie Fujikawa

Partner

  • Office Contact Info
  • Biography

    Natalie Fujikawa is a Partner in the Walnut Creek office of GRSM and is a member of the Employment Law, Education Law, Cannabis, and Class Action practice groups. She focuses on employment litigation and counseling for employers across a variety of industries, with extensive experience handling all aspects of employment litigation in state and federal courts.

    Natalie also represents employers before state and federal administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and Employment Development Department.

    In California’s constantly changing legal climate, Natalie regularly delivers presentations regarding new employment law developments and provides employers with proactive tools to comply with California’s myriad employment requirements, including management training, policies and procedures, and best practices to avoid employment-related lawsuits.

    Admissions

    • California
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

    Memberships

    • Women Lawyers of Sacramento (2010-Present, Board Executive Committee 2022-Present)
    • Sacramento Employer Advisory Council (2016-Present, Board Member 2017-2019)
    • Sacramento County Bar Association (2010-Present, Board Member 2015-2019)
    • Sacramento Labor and Employment Law Section (2010-Present, Executive Committee Chair 2017-2018)
    • SacLegal, Sacramento’s LGBT Bar Association (2010-Present, Co-Chair 2014)
    • California Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section (2008-Present)
    • El Dorado County Superior Court Dispute Resolution Panel (2013-2015)

    Community Involvement

    • Sacramento LGBT Community Center Board of Directors, (2017-Present, Board President 2020-2021)
    • 100+ Women Who Care Sacramento Valley, Founding Member
  • Practice Areas
  • Publications & Presentations

    Publications

    • Politics in the Workplace: A Refresher for the Watercooler, Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (2018)
    • Bills Address #MeToo Concerns: Several Bills Winding Their Way through the California Legislature Aim to Ramp Up Sexual Harassment Training in California Workplaces, Daily Journal (2018)
    • The Brinker Decision, a Victory for Employers, ADC Defense Comment (2012)

    Presentations

    • Navigating Complex Employment Law: Best Practices for Hiring and Firing in the Current Litigation-Forward Environment, GRSM Legal Education Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2023
    • Employment Law Developments to Expect Under President Biden & COVID-19 Developments, GRSM National Employment Law Webinar Series, 2021
    • New Ways for Employers to Get It Wrong: 2020 Employment Case Law Update, Sacramento Labor & Employment Law Section, 2020
    • Keeping Discipline and Terminations “N.E.A.T.” and “C.L.E.A.N.” California Restaurant Association, 2019
    • Train the Trainer – Legally Required Harassment Prevention Training, 2019
    • 2019 Legislative and Case Law Update, 2018
    • Conducting Workplace Investigations: What to Do When Employees Don’t Play Nice in the Sandbox, SHRM Northern California, 2018
    • Transgender Identity & Expression in the Workplace, Ulrich Nash & Gump, 2017
    • Ask The Lawyers: What's Next In Cannabis Law? Local Licensing, Compliance, Taxes & Employment, California Cannabis Courier Association, 2017
    • Recent Developments in Litigating PAGA Claims, Sacramento County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, 2017
    • What’s on the Governor’s Desk? The New Laws that Have Been Signed and Those Waiting for Approval, Sacramento Employer Advisory Council, 2016
    • Understanding the Interactive Process and the ADA/FEHA, University of California, Davis Medical Center, 2016
  • Education

    Education

    J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

    B.A., University of Notre Dame

    Honors

    Super Lawyers® Rising Stars distinction in Employment Litigation and Employment & Labor (2016 - 2023)

    Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers List (2018)

  • Languages
    • Spanish
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