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Emily Wajert
USC Gould School of Law

Emily Wajert

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: January 6, 2022




Emily Wajert is a labor and employment lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP. Wajert represents employers in a variety of employment-related claims and disputes, including discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, restrictive covenant and bonus claims. She also assists clients in compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and advises clients on a wide array of issues, including transactional matters and mergers and acquisitions (both buy-side and sell-side). Wajert works closely with clients in conducting workplace investigations involving allegations of sexual harassment, violation of workplace policies and financial improprieties. She also advises clients on COVID-19 workplace issues, including return-to-work policies, remote work operations and handling furloughs and layoffs in accordance with local, state and federal law.

Wajert represents clients across various industries including media and entertainment, financial services, technology and e-commerce.

Wajert has authored more than 25 articles and alerts on key labor and employment issues for a variety of publications including Thomas Reuters, Daily Journal, Law360 and Bloomberg Law. Some of her recent works include “Thanks for the Lesson, Coach: What Employers Can Learn from 'Ted Lasso'”; “Guardians of the Business: Enforceable Restrictive Covenants”; “The Rise of Independent Contractor and Freelancer Protections in New York”; “Shark Week – Taking a Bite Out of New York New Pay Equity, Salary History Ban Laws”; and “Claiming the Iron Throne with a Noncompete.”

Wajert is currently licensed to practice in California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Bloomberg Government
June 22, 2022
Re: Franita Tolson

Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Robin Craig
March, 2022

"Saltwater Sovereignty: Tribal Marine Management Authority Along the Pacific Coast.” Online Environmental Law Workshop. University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD.

Daniel Klerman
March, 2022

“Comment on Choi, Erickson, & Pritchard, ‘Coalitions among Plaintiffs’ Attorneys in Securities Class Actions’,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Virtual, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Robin Craig
March, 2022

“Who’s on First? The Mind-Blowing Attempt to Conceptualize Deference in the Midst of Decision Delays and Agency Repeals,” J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium for the George Washington University School of Law, Virtual, Washington, D.C.