Friday Nov 1, 2019

"Thoughts about Employee Theft and Fraud - What to Look for and What to Do!"

Marcia Ellsworth

Partner Peterson, Russell, Kelly (PRK Law)

Introduced by: Ann Norman

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Marcia’s presentation is focused on real life examples of workplace fraud and theft, which frequently happens right under the nose of overly trusting employers. It is much more common than one would think. She will discuss why it happens, what it looks like and some simple steps to take to reduce the risk of loss.

About the Speaker

Marcia is a Partner with Peterson, Russell, Kelly in Bellevue. Her practice emphasis is: Employment Law (Employment Litigation, Commercial litigation and Litigation and Dispute Resolution); Business Law; Debtor / Creditor; Commercial Finance; and Mediation. Marcia’s practice is focused on representing employers in employment disputes and litigation, providing advice to human resource managers concerning employment issues, and representing clients in commercial litigation matters.

In the employment context, she represents employers in connection with threatened and filed employment claims in all phases, including matters arising before state and federal court, federal EEOC, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, private mediation, mediation before government employment agencies, and arbitration. She commonly advises employers and provides representation in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, restrictive covenant, trade secret, confidentiality, and workers’ compensation disputes and litigation.

Marcia also routinely advises human resource managers concerning handbook interpretation, employment policy creation, compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations, performance review issues (including retention, termination, and transition matters), FLSA, ADA, and leave law matters, exempt/non-exempt classification, wage and hour laws, privacy issues, trade secret matters, and unfair competition.
Marcia’s commercial litigation practice includes representing clients in employment-related claims, including challenging or defending non-compete and restrictive covenant provisions, and non-employment matters, including breach of contract, bankruptcy, and Ponzi schemes.

Marcia is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she received her JD. and Eastern Michigan University, where she received a B M E and was magna cum laude.

Marcia is an avid skier, wine enthusiast, soccer fan, and world traveler. She has lived abroad in Singapore for four years, skied the French Alps, and traveled frequently to the Southern Hemisphere.