Adam F. Sloustcher
Adam Sloustcher represents local, regional and national employers in a broad range of employment disputes, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. Further, Adam represents employers in both individual and class-action lawsuits involving alleged violations of wage & hour laws, as well as claims brought under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).
Adam also provides day-to-day preventative counseling regarding hiring, discipline and termination practices, leaves of absences, the interactive process and reasonable accommodations, and preparation of employment handbook and personnel policies. He also assists employers with investigations of alleged harassment, discrimination and other misconduct in the workplace.
In addition to practicing law, Adam conducts management training and lectures on employment issues. He teaches classes about FMLA/CFRA and wage & hour issues for in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and other management personnel and is a guest lecturer for an employment law course at San Diego State University. Adam was recognized as a San Diego Super Lawyers -- Rising Star for 2020 for his work in labor and employment law. Adam is also active with the California Restaurant Association, Sports Lawyers Association, California Minority Counsel Program, and Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego.
Adam’s drive to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients stems from his competitive athletic background. Growing up, he was a member of the Under-17 and Under-18 U.S. Youth National Soccer teams and named a McDonald’s and Parade All-American. Adam went on to accept a full athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and would later transfer to Loyola Marymount University – where he became team captain of the university’s NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Team. Adam then played professional soccer with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. He takes his passion for sports and has translated it into his legal practice. He is a regular speaker at the annual International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) International Convention & Trade Show.
Achieved complete summary judgment on behalf of an amusement park in a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging claims for race harassment, discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and wage-hour violations based on a misclassification as an exempt employee;
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of a national railroad carrier in a wage-hour class action premised on the misclassification of train dispatchers. After several years of litigation, Adam opposed and orally argued against class certification. Following the court’s ruling, Adam was able to drive the case toward a suitable class settlement.
Secured complete dismissal on behalf of entertainment-industry employer in race discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit in which the plaintiff employee sought a high six-figure settlement. After obtaining damaging admissions during plaintiff’s deposition and then filing a motion for summary judgment, Adam was able to force plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss his lawsuit in exchange for a waiver of costs.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Awards
- Member of California Minority Counsel Program
- Board of Directors - Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
- San Diego Super Lawyers -- Rising Star, 2020
- Member of California Minority Counsel Program
- Member of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego
- Member of California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter
- Member of Sports Lawyers Association
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- Webinar Wednesday - Predicting the Unpredictable: Exploring California’s Predictive Scheduling Bill, and Updates on AB5 and AB51Webinar3.4.20
- The ABC’s of Employment: Independent Contractor vs Employee, The PAGA Problem, and Recent Wage & Hour DevelopmentsWebinar3.13.19
“Playing Favorites or Playing With Fire? How Favoritism Can Get You Sued,” local hotel group management training
- "Hot Topics and Recent Decisions" - CLE International Workplace Investigations Conference
"Client and Practice Management—Pro Tips for Young Lawyers" - American Bar Association
- California Employers Blog4.10.20
- Litigation of Employment Disputes
- Class Action Litigation
- California Employment Law
- Pay Equity
- Sexual Harassment
- Wage and Hour Law
- Employment Discrimination and Harassment
- Disability Discrimination
- Retaliation and Wrongful Termination
- Independent Contractor Issues
- Employee Compensation
- Compliance Audits and Counseling
- Automotive Dealership
- University of California, Hastings College of the LawJ.D., cum laude, 2013
- Loyola Marymount UniversityB.A., magna cum laude, 2008
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California