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Emily Wajert
USC Gould School of Law

Emily Wajert

Lecturer in Law

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Last Updated: January 6, 2022




Emily Wajert is a labor and employment lawyer at Sidley Austin LLP. Wajert represents employers in a variety of employment-related claims and disputes, including discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, restrictive covenant and bonus claims. She also assists clients in compliance with federal, state and local employment laws and advises clients on a wide array of issues, including transactional matters and mergers and acquisitions (both buy-side and sell-side). Wajert works closely with clients in conducting workplace investigations involving allegations of sexual harassment, violation of workplace policies and financial improprieties. She also advises clients on COVID-19 workplace issues, including return-to-work policies, remote work operations and handling furloughs and layoffs in accordance with local, state and federal law.

Wajert represents clients across various industries including media and entertainment, financial services, technology and e-commerce.

Wajert has authored more than 25 articles and alerts on key labor and employment issues for a variety of publications including Thomas Reuters, Daily Journal, Law360 and Bloomberg Law. Some of her recent works include “Thanks for the Lesson, Coach: What Employers Can Learn from 'Ted Lasso'”; “Guardians of the Business: Enforceable Restrictive Covenants”; “The Rise of Independent Contractor and Freelancer Protections in New York”; “Shark Week – Taking a Bite Out of New York New Pay Equity, Salary History Ban Laws”; and “Claiming the Iron Throne with a Noncompete.”

Wajert is currently licensed to practice in California, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The New York Times
January 28, 2023
Re: Jody David Armour

Professor Jody Armour was interviewed by the New York Times about the recent policy brutality incident that led to the death of Tyre Nichols. “It’s not just a Black and white issue, but a Black and blue one. And when you put on that blue uniform, it often becomes the primary identity that drowns out any other identities that might compete with it," Armour said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Robin Craig
December, 2022

"Climate Adaptation in the United States." Frontiers in Marine Science 9 (2022) December. Special Topic: Ocean Governance and Climate Adaptation: Comparing Responses, Charting Future Courses.

Scott Altman
December, 2022

"Why Parents' Interests Matter." Ethics 133 (forthcoming 2023): 271.

Jonathan Barnett
December, 2022

"The China Innovation Challenge." Center for Strategic & International Studies interview, Washington, D.C.