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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Topic of the Week

Social Networking & Computer Privacy

Generally, employers have the right to monitor their employees use of the Internet (including visiting social networking sites, checking e-mails, and instant messaging) on computers owned by the employer, during employees on-duty hours. Although federal l

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Blog of the Week

Major campaign to organize tech and video game industries launches, this week in the war on workers

There are increasing signs that workers in the tech industry are starting to see themselves as … workers. Maybe it's the 100-hour workweeks as video game companies get products ready for launch, or maybe it’s the layoffs that come after a big release.

Thought for the Week

"Employers are increasingly monitoring their employees’ social media activity. A key consideration is to avoid infringing the rights of employees under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. The Privacy Commissioner’s Guidelines on monitoring and personal data privacy at work are a helpful first port of call. They first stress the “3As” of undertaking a systematic assessment process to ensure that monitoring would be appropriate, ensuring that there are no less intrusive alternatives and ensuring that there is proper accountability for the collection of employees’ personal data. They then stress the “3Cs” of ensuring the clarity of an employer’s policy, ensuring that it’s communicated to employees and the safeguarding of data through proper controls. Employers should ensure that they clearly document and communicate their approach to monitoring."

–Kathryn Weaver, partner at Lewis Silkin

List of the Week

from Digital Information World

Social Media Use During Work Hours By Employees

  • 36% of employers block social media at work.
  • 51% of businesses have a social media policy,
  • 56% of the employees who use social media for work still find social media as a distraction during their work.

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