Sandra Falchetti

Sandra Falchetti, Of Counsel

Biography:

Sandra Falchetti is Of Counsel at Matern Law Group, PC.

Ms. Falchetti represents employees in all aspects of employment litigation. She has handled all aspects of civil litigation from case inception, law and motion, discovery, settlement negotiations, through trial and the appellate process.  She has successfully litigated, as well as favorably resolved, numerous cases involving sexual and racial discrimination and harassment, pregnancy and disability discrimination, as well as claims of retaliation and wrongful termination. Ms. Falchetti also has significant experience handling and resolving wage and hour claims relating to minimum wage and overtime violations, meal and rest break violations, misclassification, and other violations of California wage and hour laws.  Ms. Falchetti has also drafted and negotiated severance agreements, and drafted company employee handbooks.

Ms. Falchetti has served as first and second chair in numerous jury trials and has won verdicts in her clients’ favor, including an award in excess of $500,000 and two in excess of $1,000,000 in damages, attorney fees and costs with interest for single-plaintiff cases.  She has successfully opposed motions for summary judgment and appealed dispositive rulings. 

In Fuentes v. AutoZone, Inc., B185659, Ms. Falchetti succeeded in obtaining a reversal of summary judgment by drafting the appellant’s briefs and arguing before the Second District Court of Appeal.  On remand, Ms. Falchetti tried the case as first-chair and obtained an $861,000 sum in emotional distress damages and attorney fees, with a unanimous verdict in the plaintiff’s favor.   She successfully defended the appeal of the verdict, resulting in a published opinion, Fuentes v. AutoZone, Inc. (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 1221, which illuminates the definition of sexually harassing behavior and the meaning of “severe and pervasive” in the context of sexual harassment suits.

Ms. Falchetti has also contributed to other successful appeals resulting in important precedential decisions, including Pantoja v. Anton (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 87, which expands the scope of “me too” evidence admissible in discrimination and harassment claims under Evidence Code section 1101(b), and Ventura v. ABM Industries Incorporated (2013) 212 Cal.App.4th 258, which ensures the applicability of the Ralph Act, Civil Code section 51.7, to protect employees against gender violence in the form of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Ms. Falchetti is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian.

Education:

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, magna cum laude

Externships:

The Honorable Harry Pregerson, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Summer 1998

Bar Admission:

California

Admitted to Practice:

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Professional Memberships:

Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)

 

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