Tacoma, Washington Employment Lawyer

5224 Olympic Drive
Suite 110
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Phone: 253-858-6601
Fax: 253-858-6603
Terry A. Venneberg - Tacoma, Washington Emloyment Lawyer

Terry A. Venneberg

Since 1994, Terry A. Venneberg has represented employees in claims against their employers. His current practice is exclusively dedicated to the representation and counseling of employees in employment-related matters and he offers excellent and vigorous representation against large and mid-sized employers and any opposing counsel.

Legal Experience:

1994 to present - Solo practitioner in Washington and Alaska with primary emphasis on representation of employees in employment-related matters.

1993 - Associate in law firm with primary emphasis on construction law.

1987 to 1992 - Associate and partner in small insurance defense firm, with primary emphasis on representing public entities in employment and personal injury cases.

Law School:

Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon Juris Doctor, 1986

Undergraduate School:

Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
B.A., 1983
Major: Political Science

Memberships:

Member, Board of Directors, Washington Employment Lawyers Association (Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education Committee); Member, National Employment Lawyers Association

Member, Washington State Association for Justice

Member, Washington State Bar Association; Member, Alaska Bar Association

Articles:

Author, After-Acquired Evidence in Employment Cases in Alaska: An Alternative Approach, Duke University School of Law, 18 Alaska Law Review 59 (2001).

Significant Court Rulings:

Weil v. Citizens Telecom Services Company, LLC, 922 F.3d 993 (9th Cir. 2019) (Reversal of a grant of summary judgment on a failure-to-promote race discrimination claim under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. 1981)

Hendrickson v. Nichols, 2018 WL 5295199 (W.D. Wash.) (Denial of summary judgment in section 1983 sexual harassment case against county prosecutor)

Ware v. GEO Group, Inc., 2009 WL 4844672 (U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington) (Denial of summary judgment on Title VII claim of retaliation for complaint of sexual harassment by co-worker)

Alawi v. Sprint Nextel Corp., 544 F.Supp.2d 1171 (W.D. Wa. 2008) (Denial of summary judgment in case involving job applicant of Middle Eastern descent brought action against prospective employer alleging that she was discriminated against with regard to an open sales position under § 1981, Title VII, and the Washington Law Against Discrimination)

EEOC v. NEA, 422 F.3d 340 (9th Cir. 2005) (Grant of summary judgment reversed where there were genuine issues of material fact concerning disparate treatment of women in hostile work environment)

Personal Information:

Terry lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with his wife Jan, their dogs Hannah and Horton, and their cat Maggie.

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Millions of People Can’t Pay Rent Tomorrow. Here’s How Some Are Organizing.

As April 1 looms and the first rent payment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic becomes due, countless people wonder how they’ll be able to afford to pay. Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, millions have had their hours cut, been furloughed, or laid off. A whopping 3.3 million have applied for unemployment benefits, and some say the unemployment rate could reach 30%. To put that in perspective, the unemployment rate during the Great Depression was 25%.

Thought for the Week

"If women could be making what they should be making, what their male counterparts are making, the economy would be doing much better, if we're really serious about making sure that women, particularly women of color are earning the money that they deserve, then we need to make sure that we're making our voices heard this (election) year."

–Shannon Williams of the Equal Pay Today Campaign

List of the Week

from National Partnership for Women & Families

America’s Women and the Wage Gap
  • Black women working full time, year-round typically make only 62 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
  • Latina women working full time, year-round typically make only 54 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
  • Asian women working full time, year round are typically paid 90 cents for every dollar paid to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts.
  • The wage gap translates into an annual median loss of $23,540 for Black women, $28,036 for Latinas, $24,443 for Native women, and $6,007 for Asian women.

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