Southwestern University School of Law (J.D.)
Loyola Marymount University (B.A., Political Science)
Admitted To Practice In
All California Federal and State Courts
United States District Court, Central District of California
Monica Penichet-Coates is Senior Counsel with Zaller Law Group and focuses her practice in labor and employment matters by representing management in all aspects of day-to-day employment law issues. Monica advises clients regarding compliance with federal, state and local laws, including wage and hour issues (exempt/non-exempt and employee/independent contractor classifications, meal/rest periods and overtime), sexual harassment, discrimination, disability and family/medical leave laws, discipline and termination processes. Monica reviews and prepares policies, employee handbooks, employment and severance agreements and other employment-related documents. Monica presents manager and supervisor training seminars and counsels clients regarding best employment practices based upon particular business and industry needs.
Monica has successfully litigated wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, wrongful termination and retaliation and advises clients through work place investigations of harassment and discrimination. Monica also represents clients in administrative proceedings before various state agencies, including the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) - Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)/California Labor Commissioner’s Office and the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) concerning wage and hour claims, misclassification, shift differential, fringe benefits and general labor and employment disputes.
Prior to joining Zaller Law Group, Monica practiced labor and employment law and business and commercial litigation at an international boutique law firm. Monica also has experience representing public entities, including school and community college districts, regarding various labor and employment litigation matters and compliance with California’s prevailing wage laws. Monica successfully represented clients before administrative agencies and personnel commissions primarily handling prevailing wage enforcement cases, unfair labor charges and enforcing disciplinary matters. Monica has presented to various school districts as part of the California Adequate School Housing (CASH) Network Regional Workshops concerning new legislation relating to public works projects and prevailing wage requirements.
Monica is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections and the National Hispanic Bar Association. Monica also enjoys pro bono work as an Attorney Advocate with the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Monica is fluent in Spanish.