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2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.624.8300

Frank Van Dusen

Partner

Frank Van Dusen joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in 1986. He is a labor and employment counselor and litigator who focuses his practice on union-avoidance counseling, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, collective bargaining issues, wage-and-hour litigation, and covenants not to compete. He represents brokerage firms, tribal employers, educational institutions (higher education and K-12), hospitals, and companies in the financial, retail, manufacturing, and communications industries.

Representative Experience

In 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015, Frank represented employers at shipyards in the Puget Sound area, construction testing facilities in Seattle and Tacoma, a manufacturing facility in Kent, and companies in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The employers successfully defeated National Labor Relations Board election petitions filed by union locals for the Laborers, Teamsters, and United Food & Commercial Workers. Frank also led management collective bargaining teams in 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 negotiations to remove unproductive work rules from a client’s grain elevator collective bargaining agreement with the Longshoremen’s Local. As a result of the productivity improvements, the grain elevator has increased shipments, lowering unit labor costs, while increasing employee earnings and employer profits.
Represented retailer in EEOC race discrimination litigation alleging assistant manager had a hostile work environment. EEOC sought to impose seven year, company-wide consent decree. We negotiated separate settlement with Plaintiff, and EOOC agreed to limit 2018 consent decree to three years and nine stores in one state, instead of consent decree applying to client’s 435 stores in 11 states.
Represented grocery store chain in age-based, wrongful discharge claim filed by terminated store manager who had worked for company for more than 25 years. Case settled in 2016, shortly before scheduled trial.
After we won summary judgment at the trial court dismissing all of the plaintiff janitors’ wage-and-hour claims alleging that the janitorial employees of Expert Janitorial’s subcontractors were jointly employed by our client Fred Meyer, the court of appeals reversed. Washington Supreme Court established new state test for joint employment. Case settled after remand.
The Honorable Helen Halpert dismissed plaintiff's age and disability discrimination and accommodation claims on summary judgment (2014).