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Karin Jones provides practical advice to employers regarding a wide variety of workplace and personnel issues and helps employers minimize the risk and impact of workplace problems.  When litigation arises, she represents employers before administrative agencies and the state and federal courts.  Karin has experience representing employers in disputes involving discrimination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, employee family and medical leave, wage and hour claims, workplace safety (WISHA/OSHA), and whistleblower complaints, among other workplace issues.

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Defendants facing small claims suits will no longer be able to recover their attorney’s fees in cases involving voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff. In AllianceOne Receivables Management, Inc. v. Lewis, the Washington Supreme Court resolved a long-standing split between the Divisions of the Court of Appeals, holding that a defendant does not qualify as a prevailing party for purposes of entitlement to attorney’s fees under RCW 4.84.250 absent a final judgment.
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