Adam F. Sloustcher
Adam Sloustcher is an associate in the firm’s San Diego office. He represents local, regional and national employers in a broad range of employment disputes, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination matters. Adam also 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). He has experience litigating matters in state and federal courts, state administrative tribunals, and in arbitration.
Adam also assists employers with investigations of alleged harassment, discrimination and other misconduct in the workplace and provides day-to-day preventative advice regarding hiring, discipline and termination practices, leaves of absences, the interactive process and reasonable accommodations, and preparation of employment handbook and personnel policies. His clients include businesses and organizations of all sizes and in many industries, including restaurants, sports, manufacturing, marketing and financial companies, car dealerships, and hospitals.
Adam regularly 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 is also an active member of the California Restaurant Association and Sports Lawyers Association.
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.
- Obtained a major success on behalf of a restaurant client in a putative wage-and-hour collective and class action. Plaintiffs sought over $4 million in damages in the case. After more than a year in litigation, Adam was able to force the plaintiffs to dismiss the class action entirely and reached a nominal settlement as to the individual.
- Successfully opposed and orally argued against class certification in a wage & hour class action premised on the misclassification of nearly 1,000 employees. Rather than wait until Plaintiff filed his motion for class certification, an aggressive litigation approach was undertaken, which included gathering numerous declarations of potential class members and filing a motion to deny class certification and strike class action allegations.
- Obtained dismissal of ten individually named defendants in a workplace harassment lawsuit. After removing the case to federal court, Adam concurrently filed 10 separate motions to dismiss which were all granted by the court.
Honors & Leadership
- Member of California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter
- Member of Sports Lawyers Association
- University of California, Hastings College of the LawJ.D., cum laude
- Loyola Marymount UniversityB.A., magna cum laude
- 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