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, litigation, and charter schools.
Ms. de Groof advises school districts, community colleges, and county offices of education in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including employee discipline and terminations, employee leaves, and internal complaints and investigations. Ms. de Groof also regularly responds to administrative charges filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. de Groof also supports and advises school districts and county offices of education regarding all aspects of the Charter Schools Act, including charter school oversight, petition review, renewals, and revocation.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. de Groof defended public employers in various litigation matters, including claims of workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. She also successfully defended a public entity against claims brought under Section 1983 of the United States Constitution.
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
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.
April 2020Number 20On April 1, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California labor and management organizations have jointly agreed to a framework for collaboration during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. The announcement comes at a time when local education agencies (LEAs) and bargaining units across California are working together to resolve issues related to the evolving developments and growing uncertainties related to COVID-19. The framework is intended to assist LEAs ...
October 2019Number 49In the largest overhaul of California's Charter Schools Act ("Act") since it was enacted in 1992, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1505 and AB 1507 on October 3, 2019. The Act authorizes the establishment and operation of charter schools in California. The closely watched and hotly debated reforms impact most aspects of charter school authorization, including oversight, appeals, and renewals. Enactment of AB 1505 and AB 1507 follows months of negotiations and compromises f...
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...