Courtney de Groof is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office. She assists her public agency clients with issues related to labor and employment.
Ms. de Groof represents public employers in various aspects of employment law, including claims of workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, whistleblower complaints, and wage and hour violations. She is skilled in drafting pleadings, discovery, and motions, including demurrers, motions in limine and discovery motions.
She works closely with clients to develop litigation strategy, including evaluating liability, and conducts witness interviews and factual investigations, while reporting case activity and making recommendations directly to clients.
As a law clerk for a public agency, she assisted attorneys in a wide range of legal practice areas, including labor and employment, environmental law, land use, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. She also researched and prepared memoranda analyzing specific legal issues involving the Political Reform Act, the Public Records Act, the Brown Act, public agency powers and authorities, accommodations and leaves of absence, public contracting and prevailing wage law.
Ms. de Groof earned her J.D. from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and received her B.A. in English from California State University, Sacramento. Ms. de Groof has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.
July 2019Number 36In Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis, the United States Supreme Court held that the requirement to file an administrative charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") prior to filing a discrimination lawsuit, which is set forth in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), is not a "jurisdictional" requirement and is thus subject to waiver. This means that if an employer fails to promptly raise an objection based on an employee's failure to fil...
April 2019Number 22The California Legislature recently passed legislation, taking effect in 2018 and 2019, making it easier for individuals to change their gender identity on official documents, adding a new gender identity option to certain forms of identification and vital records, and requiring certain state and local agencies to change data collection practices so that gender identity is more accurately accounted for in demographic data.Assembly Bill (AB) 677: Sexual Orientation and Gende...