Skylar A. Sherwood,

Principal

PRACTICE GROUPS

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BIO

Skylar is a Principal and Chair of the Firm’s Employment Law group.  Both in and out of the courtroom, Skylar works closely with her clients to help them avoid and solve their workplace conflicts. Skylar is pleased to represent clients of all sizes throughout the Pacific Northwest in a variety of industries, including health care, manufacturing, public higher education, retail, recreation and leisure, food and beverage, electric utility construction, and aerospace. Throughout all stages, Skylar strives to identify practical solutions to meet her clients’ business needs.

Her practice includes advising clients on the following:

• Workplace policies and handbooks
• Discrimination
• Harassment
• Accommodations
• Retaliation
• Wrongful discharge
• Investigations
• Leaves of absence
• Wage and hour compliance
• Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) compliance
• Drafting and enforcement of employment agreements
• Other various HR- and workplace-related concerns

Skylar frequently provides training to employers relating to various topics such as effective and lawful management, discrimination, and harassment—all of which focuses on fostering a respectful work environment. Skylar is also a frequent speaker on employment topics, including developments with state and local laws relating to paid sick and safe leaves, minimum wages, and consideration of conviction and arrest records.

In addition to her HR advice practice, Skylar regularly defends employers in litigation in state and federal courts and in agency charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC), as well as litigating noncompete matters. Skylar has secured trial victories and dismissals for her clients in cases involving all manner of employment claims such as claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure-to-accommodate, wrongful discharge, military discrimination under USERRA and state law, and wage and hour claims.

Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Skylar served as a judicial clerk for Washington State Supreme Court Justice Faith Ireland (Ret.).

Co-Author, “Tidying Up The Messy Process Of Disciplining And Firing Employees,” KCBA Bar Bulletin (December 2016).

 

Tidying Up The Messy Process Of Disciplining And Firing Employees“, RW Breakfast Briefing, October 13, 2016.

 

Let’s Get Local!“, RW Breakfast Briefing, November 4, 2015.

 

“Beverage Law: Ongoing Transactions and Business Expansion,” WSBA CLE, August 11, 2015.

 

Disability Accommodation Management Workshop,” April 29, 2015.

 

“It’s Not Rocket Science: Employment Discrimination Law in a Nutshell,” National Business Institute, Successfully Litigating Employment Discrimination, 2014.

 

Unintended Consequences: Social Media’s Assault on Contractual and Workplace Relationships,” RW Breakfast Briefing, April 23, 2013.

 

“Top Wage & Hour Traps for Employers,” RW Breakfast Briefing, March 20, 2013.

 

“Employee Use of Social Media: Everyone is Doing It, How Should Employers Handle It?,” WSBA Business Law Section and Business Law Section CLE, 2012.

 

“Deciphering FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation Issues,” NBI Employment Law CLE, 2010.

 

“Employee Blogging and Social Networking – What’s all the Twitter About?,” November 2009.

 

“Religion in the Workplace: Does Faith Have a Place at the Office?,” April 18, 2007.

 

“The Americans with Disabilities Act – It’s Time to Get Reacquainted,” September 26, 2006.

 

“Internal Investigations: Getting the Job Done Right,” April 18, 2006.

 

Author, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful. . .and Intelligent. . .and Athletic: Constitutional Issues in Genetic Enhancement and the Appropriate Legal Analysis,” 11 Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine 633 (2001).

Skylar has repeatedly been named a Washington Rising Star®. Riddell Williams’ Employment Law Group is ranked in Chambers U.S.A.

 

 

Hartleben v. University of Washington, 2016 WL 3660802 (Wash. Ct. App. 2016)

 

Rickman v. Premera Blue Cross, 184 Wn.2d 300, 358 P.3d 1153 (2015)

 

Potelco, Inc. v. Dept. of Labor & Indus., 166 Wn. App. 647, 272 P.3d 262 (2012)

 

Loeffelholz v. University of Washington, et al., 175 Wn.2d 264, 285 P.3d 854 (2012)

Skylar served on the Board of Directors for PROVAIL, an organization that helps children and adults with disabilities live independently and fulfill their life choices. She is also pleased to be a member of Riddell Williams’ Women Attorneys group that unites with local businesswomen and charities.

Skylar earned her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington in 1997 and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2001. In law school, she was a Senior Editor of Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine and received awards for excellence in trial practice and competed in the Dunmore Moot Court Competition, later serving as a moot court brief advisor.

Skylar A. Sherwood's NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Gena Bomotti and Skylar Sherwood Article Published In KCBA December Issue: ‘Ten Tips To Tidy up the Messy Process of Firing Employees’

Riddell Williams attorneys Gena Bomotti and Skylar Sherwood have recently been published in the December issue of King County Bar Association’s monthly Bar Bulletin, “Ten Tips To Tidy … read more

Employment Group Breakfast Briefing October 13th

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Let’s Get Local!

Please join the Employment Law Group for our next Breakfast Briefing on November 4, 2015. We’re getting local! We’ll help you navigate the increasing number of local ordinances … read more

Disability Accommodation Management Workshop

Join our entire Employment Law team for a lively and engaging workshop about everything relating to workplace accommodation of individuals with medical issues.  Bob Howie, Larry Shapero, Skylar … read more

Unintended Consequences: Social Media’s Assault on Contractual and Workplace Relationships

Learn how: Texting and other electronic communications can inadvertently modify existing contracts Blogs and other postings could waive confidentiality obligations NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) decisions impact social … read more

Employee Use of Social Media: Everyone Is Doing It, How Should Employers Handle It?

The NLRB says online social media is the new “office water cooler” where employees can discuss workplace concerns without repercussions. Thus, the NLRB has penalized employers that restrict … read more