Gretchen Graham Salazar

Of Counsel

Gretchen Salazar concentrates her practice on employment law, representing both employers and employees. Her work for employers includes advising clients with regard to compliance; representing clients before administrative agencies; employee relations counseling; and the review and drafting of handbooks and agreements. Gretchen provides employees with advice and counsel with regard to their rights and advocates for the enforcement of those rights through negotiation, mediation, administrative action, and litigation. Gretchen also practices commercial litigation and municipal law.

Representative Work

    • Gretchen has represented clients in a wide variety of employment cases, including sexual harassment, discrimination (disability, age, race), wrongful termination, application of leave policies (FMLA), enforceability of employment contracts and non-competition agreements, trade secrets, wage and hour issues (overtime, minimum wage), and employment torts.

       

    • She has successfully achieved a high percentage of summary judgments, including, in one particular situation, a summary judgment dismissing the sexual harassment claim of a municipal employee and a summary judgment dismissing the wrongful discharge claim of the alleged harrassor. She has also defended and prosecuted multiple cases involving claims of disability discrimination arising out of application or misapplication of leave policies.

       

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    • Results in any particular case cannot predict the outcome in any other case.

Professional and Community Activities

PROFESSIONAL

  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMA) of Seattle
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Women’s Lawyers

COMMUNITY

  • Board of Directors, Program for Early Parent Support "PEPS" 2008-2010
  • Member, Seattle University School of Law Alumni Board of Governors, 2003-2006
  • Member, Citizen’s Advisory Council to Seattle Public Library, 1996-1998

Publications and Speaking Engagements

PUBLICATIONS

  • Assistant Editor-in-Chief, WSBA Civil Procedure Handbook, 2001

     

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Gretchen has led classes and seminars on various employment law topics.

Recognition

  • Named to “Rising Stars,” Washington Law & Politics, 2001-2002, 2004, 2007