Tritia Murata spoke with Law360 for a feature as one of the 2020 Employment MVPs, discussing why she became an employment attorney, the challenges she faces in her practice, and her work in securing a landmark trial win for Ralphs Grocery Co. in a suitable seating suit.
“This kind of a trial hadn’t been done before,” Tritia said of the Ralphs suit. “An important part of the case strategy and our trial strategy was really being able to demonstrate to the court that the nature of the work that Ralphs’ cashiers perform is so incredibly dynamic that it does not reasonably permit the use of seats,” noting that the idea of safety played an important role in the case and is a “core value” at the grocery chain.
“Here the evidence really clearly showed that providing seats to cashiers in the checkstands would be unsafe.”
Tritia added that her victory for Ralphs at the bench trial was possibly the most exciting moment of her legal career to date.
“I was proud of the victory, but I was in particular just very proud of and grateful for the contributions of every member of the trial team,” she said. “I think from the staff to secretaries all the way up to the other partners and senior counsel on the team, everyone really pitched in and contributed tirelessly to achieve this win for the client.”
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