Carole Ross began her legal career in 1992 as a litigator with the law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett, LLP. Realizing she had a passion and skill for employment law, Carole transferred to the firm's labor and employment department, where she litigated employment law cases and advised clients on employment issues.
In 1995, Carole resigned and moved to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP, where she joined the firm's labor and employment practice group. Carole litigated employment law cases and represented employers with respect to charges filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Carole also prepared employee handbooks and policies, advised employers on complying with federal and state labor laws, and advised employers on how to conduct internal workplace investigations. Carole conducted workplace investigations, including investigations into allegations of discrimination and harassment.
Carole has trained companies, supervisors and non-supervisory personnel on employment issues such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation, discipline, and termination for many years. Carole has presented training to supervisors in a variety of different industries, including technology, law, healthcare, construction, media and more. While with Sheppard Mullin, Carole was responsible for presenting harassment prevention training to her fellow attorneys in the San Diego and Del Mar offices. Carole also provides other types of supervisory training and is a frequent speaker on a variety of employment law and human resource issues.
In 2013, Carole decided to open her own firm, Ross Employment Law. Ross Employment Law focuses on workplace investigations, training on the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation and other employee training. Carole has investigated employee complaints, including complaints of sexual harassment, racial harassment, bullying, sexual orientation discrimination, sex discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation for refusal to participate in sexual harassment, retaliation for request for religious accommodation, failure to record overtime and other workplace misconduct. Carole also offers training on the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
Carole is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators. She serves as a local convener for the San Diego Local Circle of Workplace Investigators.Carole was nominated by fellow San Diego attorneys and selected by the San Diego Business Journal as "Best of the Bar" for 2015. She served as a reporter on discrimination cases and unfair competition cases for Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin. She served as an editor for the C.E.B. Action Guide, “Handling A Wrongful Termination Case.” She served as the Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the San Diego County Bar Association.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Graduated with High Honors
Santa Barbara City Club Award (awarded to four women with the highest grade point averages
majoring in economics, political science and law and society)
University of California Los Angeles, School of Law
Moot Court Honors Board
California State Bar 1992
Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder 2018