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Marjorie Soto’s employment practice covers single-plaintiff and wage and hour class litigation. She defends employers in lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. Marjorie has specialized experience working with clients in the food service, retail, materials science & engineering, staffing, and entertainment industries. She also has experience in traditional labor and pay equity best practices. Read Marjorie Soto's full bio.

US businesses expanding abroad, and international businesses moving into the United States, can find the differences between employment laws both unexpected and costly.

Companies of all sizes are eager to expand their businesses, and their workforce, into new markets. US employers already know that operating in multiple states can feel like operating in different countries because of state- and locality-specific employment laws. But if operating in California versus Wyoming is comparing pools to puddles, then operating in the United States versus other countries is comparing puddles to oceans.

US-based companies looking to expand abroad, and foreign companies opening their first US locations, must proceed with caution before jumping in. One error can commit a business to employing its workforce until retirement, cost months and a small fortune to terminate the employment relationship, or keep it embroiled for years in class action litigation.

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