Employers look to Shaye Schrick for strategic representation in lawsuits filed by current and former employees and guidance in complying with state and federal employment laws. With her experience as lead counsel in multiple jury trials, Shaye understands the needs of her clients and the impact civil litigation has on a business’s operations. Working closely with employers, Shaye crafts both short and long-term litigation strategies that efficiently optimize success while minimizing the impact on business operations. At the same time, Shaye ensures employer practices and policies evolve with the changing climate of California employment laws.
Shaye has successfully prevailed in trial, arbitration, and countless dispositive motions and appeals in cases involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, failure to reasonably accommodate/engage in the interactive process, wage and hour violations, breach of contract and wrongful termination in violation of public policy, among other employment-related claims. Additionally, Shaye has extensive experience defending employment class actions and representative lawsuits in both federal and state courts.
Having received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California at Davis, Shaye has a strong dedication to the Sacramento region. She provides training to employers and human resources professionals throughout the region, and has taught law courses at both the University of California at Davis and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Shaye is also involved in legal and nonprofit organizations in the area, and previously spent a school year teaching English to school children in Spain. Shaye has been recognized by Super Lawyers as both a Rising Star (2012-2017) and Super Lawyer (2018-Present), and by Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar. When Shaye is not working, she and her husband enjoy practicing the Spanish language and traveling.
- Obtained a defense verdict in a multi-week jury trial alleging 14 causes of action, including disability discrimination, failure to reasonably accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, race discrimination, failure to provide meal and rest periods, failure to pay overtime, failure to pay final wages at termination, violation of the Kin Care law, invasion of privacy, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
- Obtained a defense verdict following a weeks-long trial in a race discrimination and failure to prevent discrimination lawsuit involving a long-term employee.
- Successfully tried de novo action in superior court challenging Employment Development Department’s assessment regarding independent contractor vs. employee classification. Trial extended over a period of weeks and included both pre-and post-trial briefing, ultimately resulting in a verdict against the Employment Development Department.
- Defeated disability discrimination/failure to accommodate action in arbitration before retired federal judge by demonstrating that the employer’s actions were based on business needs, not the employee’s disability status.
- Prevailed on summary judgment in multiple lawsuits alleging harassment, discrimination, retaliation, reasonable accommodation and failure to engage in the interactive process, and wage and hour violations. In each case, where summary judgment was challenged on appeal, successfully opposed appeals in both state and federal courts.
- Successfully defended wage and hour claims during extensive administrative hearing in which the employee alleged she was improperly classified as exempt from payment of overtime wages.
Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement
- Board Member, Northern California Employment Roundtable (2019-present)
- Sacramento Regional Council Member, Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada (2015-present)
- Board Member, Powerhouse Science Center (2013-2014)
- Mentor, McClatchy Law Academy (2013-2014)
- Member, Sacramento Area Human Resources Association Legal and Legislative Committee (2005-2014)
- MetroEdge Founding Member, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
- Coach, Natomas High School Mock Trial Team (2009-2010)
- Associate, Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court (2006-2009)
- Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section (2005-present)
Honors And Rankings
Super Lawyers (2018 to Present)
Super Lawyers: Rising Stars (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar (2019)
Adjunct Professor (Employment Law), University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (2010, 2011)
Adjunct Professor (Legal Writing), University of California at Davis School of Law (2007)
Judicial Extern, Honorable Frank C. Damrell, Jr., United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (2004)
J.D., University of California at Davis School of Law, 2005
B.S., University of California at Davis, 2000
Study Abroad, Universidad del Pais Vasco, San Sebastian, Spain, 1998
United States District Court Eastern District of California
United States District Court Northern District of California
United States District Court Central District of California
United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
Over the years, Shaye has prepared and presented dozens of seminars on various employment-related topics for Lorman Education Services, the California Employers Advisory Council, Sacramento Area Human Resources Association, and other regional organizations and employers. Some of the topics have included:
- California Employment Law from A to Z
- Internal Investigations: Who, What, When and Why?
- Independent Contractors and Employees: Potential Risks and Opportunities
- Wage and Hour Compliance
- California’s Sick Leave Law
- Accommodating Workers: An Employer’s Obligations
- Handling Reductions in Force During Difficult Economic Times
- Responding to Agency Charges
- A Human Resources Tool Box for Managers and Supervisors
- Dealing with Chronically-Absent Employees
- Statutory Pitfalls from Alcohol Rehab to USERRA and Everything in Between
- Annual Legal and Legislative Review/Updates
Shaye also provides annual and bi-annual sexual harassment training for clients, in addition to training on other topics requested by employers.
Author, When Every Hour Counts: Employers Grapple with Recent Appellate Court Decisions on Piece Rate Wages, California Association of Winegrape Growers (January 2014)
Author, Working with Independent Contractors: Potential Risk in Misclassifying Workers, Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (April 2007)
Author, Smith v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County: Immediate Payment of Wages When Employees Complete Job Assignments or Time Duration for Which They were Hired, Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (August 2006)
Author, Yanowitz v. L’Oreal USA, Inc.: California Supreme Court Upholds Retaliation Claim for “Silent” Refusal to Participate in Unlawful Employment Practice, Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (February 2006)