For nearly a decade, Ms. Sampath's practice has focused on employee-side labor and employment law. Through her years of litigation she has gained the reputation for being a scrupulous and fierce advocate. In recognition of her professional achievements, Ms. Sampath was selected, in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Los Angeles Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the field of Labor and Employment through a rigorous peer review selection process.
Currently, Ms. Sampath serves on the board of The California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the premier organization in California of employee rights advocates.
On August 23, 2013, in Salinda v. DIRECTV LLC (BC 475499; Los Angeles Superior Court) Ms. Sampath, along with her co-counsel Bernard Alexander, obtained a $1,178,000 jury verdict in a disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case.
Ms. Sampath has helped to successfully resolve numerous cases on behalf of employees at various stages of the litigation process, including just weeks before trial. Below are select examples of the types of cases Ms. Sampath has helped settle:
$1.4 million-Multi-plaintiff age discrimination case against Los Angeles based hotel and its owners.
$850,000-False arrest and civil rights violations against employee of major retail store.
$750,000-Disability discrimination case involving corporation's failure to engage in the interactive process and failure to provide reasonable accommodation to employee suffering from life-threatening disability.
$325,000-Sexual harassment of female employee working for defense contractor to U.S. military sexually harassed and retaliated against by her immediate supervisor for complaining about the unlawful conduct.
While in law school, Ms. Sampath served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, Chief Judge Emeritus, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and also clerked full-time for six consecutive months at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center in San Francisco. Ms. Sampath was one of four graduates honored for her outstanding advocacy and commitment to social justice. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Sampath served as the Director of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC).
J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, Boston
B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley
California Supreme Court
California Court of Appeals
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
PUBLISHED DECISION AND PUBLICATIONS
Ms. Sampath briefed and argued the case of Wason v. AIG, 2010 WL 1881067 (S.D. Cal.)(2010). The Court held that a supervisor's disability discrimination against an employee constitutes extreme and outrageous conduct under California law and is sufficient to maintain an infliction of emotional distress claim against and individual.
Context Matters: Examining the Admissibility of Other Employee/Other Supervisor, or Me too, Evidence in FEHA Discrimination Cases. (Co-authored with V. James DeSimone, 2009). (Click here to read the article)
Ms. Sampath, passionately believes in the importance of giving back to the profession, community, and cultivating the next generation of public interest lawyers. Furthering this philosophy, Ms. Sampath extensively volunteers her time with CELA and other professional organizations and assists local legal institutions actualize their public interest mission.