Rebecca S.Benesh


Los Angeles +

Rebecca Benesh represents and advises corporate clients in complex labor and employment litigation, including wage and hour collective and class actions, employment discrimination lawsuits, and employment-related tort claims. Her experience includes defending clients in wage and hour disputes arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and in discrimination disputes arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and various other federal and state laws.

Rebecca has been involved in litigation in federal and state courts as well as in administrative proceedings before federal administrative agencies. She has experience in various stages of litigation, including offensive and defensive discovery, factual investigation, pretrial briefing and motion practice, as well as mediations, arbitrations, and trials. In addition, Rebecca counsels clients on employment-related matters, including compensation practices and worker classification issues.

Before attending law school, Rebecca worked for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation as an inaugural Faiths Act Fellow, where she developed and facilitated a youth-oriented, multifaith organization in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. While attending law school, she worked in the MacArthur Justice Center, where she handled civil rights litigation matters on behalf of wrongfully convicted clients.


  • McDonald's wins summary judgment in California suitable seating PAGA actionJones Day won a significant summary judgment victory for McDonald's Corporation in this representative PAGA action.
  • Envoy Air victory over age discrimination claims upheld by Fifth CircuitJones Day obtained a victory at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Dallas-based Envoy Air Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group that flies under the American Eagle brand.
  • McDonald's victorious at trial against state-wide California class action wage and hour PAGA claimsJones Day prevailed in gutting the remaining part of a state-wide class and representative action under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act filed against McDonald’s Corporation.
  • Chevron summary judgment win affirmed by California Court of Appeal in California FEHA age discrimination caseThe California Court of Appeal affirmed the summary judgment ruling won by Jones Day on behalf of Chevron Products Company and Chevron Corporation in an age discrimination case brought by a former contractor of Chevron.
  • McDonald’s defeats attempt to expand class actionOn February 15, 2017, Jones Day and client McDonald’s Corporation successfully blocked plaintiffs’ attempt to certify three new theories of liability in a statewide wage and hour class action.
  • McDonald’s defeats class certification and PAGA claims in statewide California class action wage and hour caseIn a series of wins, Jones Day client McDonald’s Corporation defeated class action and PAGA claims brought against the company in a California-wide wage and hour lawsuit.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 29, 2020
      Complex Wage and Hour Issues and Calculations