Stefanie K. Vaudreuil

Stefanie Vaudreuil has spent her legal career providing counsel and advice to and litigating on behalf of public agencies, including fire departments/districts, law enforcement, cities, counties, special districts, school districts, charter schools, community colleges, and county offices of education. Stefanie also is experienced in advising and representing independent schools. Stefanie, the daughter of a retired fire marshal, has a special interest in working with fire departments and districts. She understands and appreciates the unique culture that is the fire service.

Stefanie regularly and promptly advises public agencies and independent schools on all aspects of employment law, including employee leaves, disability accommodation and interactive process, discipline, first amendment rights, employment contracts, agency policies and procedures. In addition to providing employment law advice, Stefanie advises independent schools on a wide variety of subjects, such as pupil records, school security, student discipline, enrollment contracts, suspensions and expulsions, student harassment, international students, restraining orders, among others.

Stefanie represents public agencies at administrative hearings for employee discipline appeals and employee grievances arising out of bargaining agreements. She also is an experienced litigator representing public agencies and independent schools in state and federal courts at all phases of litigation from initial pleadings through appeal. Stefanie has obtained favorable results through negotiated settlements, dismissal at the initial pleading stage, summary judgment, trial, and appeal. Stefanie has successfully argued before the California State Court of Appeal.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Stefanie was a partner in a national law firm, where she represented public and private employers in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and civil rights litigation. Before that, Stefanie was an associate with a firm that exclusively represented California K-12 school districts and county offices of education.

Stefanie is an avid music fan, lover of literature, international traveler, and working on her golf game.

Latest Articles

This post was authored by Stefanie K. Vaudreuil. With all the possible leaves of absence that may be available to employees, ensuring consistent and accurate application of the applicable laws relating to leaves can be one of the more daunting tasks for employers. In a recent survey conducted by the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC), 1203 employers responded to 75 questions related to employee leaves. The top challenges in leave management were identified as…
This post was authored by Stefanie K. Vaudreuil. In this fifth annual installment of a look at some unbelievable, strange and wacky employment litigation, there remains no shortage of cases that will make you believe your human resources issues aren’t so bad after all. The Thing That Happened on the Way to Jurassic Park Before getting into the specifics of this unbelievable case, a science review is in order. About 100 million years ago,…
This post was authored by Stefanie K. Vaudreuil. Keeping track of monikers for the generations since World War II can be puzzling.  You have Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials, but the Millennials are also known as Generation Y.  Just who are these Millennials?  They were born in the 80s—enough said.  The Millennials have been creating some interesting challenges for the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers in the workplace, namely due to the Millennials’…
This post was authored by Stefanie K. Vaudreuil. It’s time to check your policies. New DFEH regulations (California Code of Regulations, title 2, sections 11027.1 and 11028) went into effect on July 1, 2018 that provide definitions on “national origin” and “undocumented applicant or employee,” in addition to outlining specific employment practices regarding language restrictions and height/weight restrictions. New “National Origin” Definitions The new “national origin” definition includes the individual’s or ancestor’s actual or…
This post was authored by Stefanie K. Vaudreuil. There are a number of bills pending in the California Legislature this year that employers should be watching closely. SB 1038 California Fair Employment and Housing Act: personal liability Under existing law, individuals may be liable under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for acts of unlawful harassment. SB 1038, if passed, will add individual liability for retaliation. According to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s…
It is that time again. These are actual employment cases.  Really, they are. Mad at your co-workers? Tell a friend, not Facebook Jayne Brill sued her former employer and the Virginia Employment Commission because she was terminated and denied unemployment benefits. Brill was alleged to have violated the company’s social media policy when she made disparaging comments about co-workers on Facebook. You may be wondering what she said that was so terrible. Well, here it…
Often times, an employee may know that discipline or a poor performance evaluation is imminent. Occasionally, such an employee will engage in a preemptive strike—“You can’t discipline me or give me a poor performance evaluation now since I have submitted a complaint.” While this may not necessarily be the norm, it is also not unheard of, causing employers to go from being confident in their decision to being uncertain and worried about the possibility of…
The California Legislature is working hard to push bills through to the general assembly and senate votes that are scheduled for September.  A number of bills making their way to that final vote are noteworthy for public employers. PERB, Firefighters and the Right-to-Sue Right-to-sue notices may not be just for Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DFEH) complaints.  If Senate Bill No. 548 passes, the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) will have the authority, and…
In 2007, the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights Act (FBOR) was enacted after several years of unsuccessful attempts to pass similar legislation. Although the FBOR is modeled after the longstanding Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (POBR) [Gov. Code, §§ 3300 et seq.], that statutory scheme, which was originally intended for peace officers, presents numerous challenges to the fire service. As described by several members of the fire service, the culture is quite…
Yes, these are real cases involving real people. Everyone in Southern California Would Need to be Accommodated If This Were a Disability A former employee in New Jersey sued her employer for wrongful termination after she requested an accommodation for her disability: an inability to drive in rush hour traffic due to anxiety and depression. According to the employee, her condition was aggravated by heavy rush hour traffic. (I think we can all relate!) When…