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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

Politi Fact
May 23, 2023
Re: David B. Cruz

Professor David Cruz was recently interviewed about a controversial bill that was passed in Connecticut. "Paying even modest attention to the bill’s definitions should make it clear beyond doubt that it will not be the source of protections based upon the age of people to whom one is attracted or with whom one has sex," Cruz said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Robin Craig
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"Marine Biodiversity: Trends, Targets, and the BBNJ," Lewis and Clark School of Law 2023 Environmental Law Symposium: Protecting Biodiversity: Five Decades of Progress but an Uncertain Future, Portland, OR, April 7, 2023.

Jonathan Barnett
April, 2023

Comment Letter from Law Professors, Economists, and Business School Professors to the Federal Trade Commission on Proposed Non-Compete Clause Rule, Jonathan Barnett (co-lead author, with Adam Mossoff and Ted Sichelman), April 19, 2023.

Robin Craig
April, 2023

"Survival Equity and Climate Change Triage: How to Decide Who Lives and Who Dies," presentation as part of Adapting to a Warming World: Perspectives from the Environmental Law Collaborative, Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative, University of Iowa School of Law, Iowa City, IA, April 14, 2023.