Annmarie Billotti, Esq., Chief of Dispute Resolution

Annmarie Billotti, Esq.
Annmarie Billotti is the Chief of Dispute Resolution for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing in Elk Grove, CA where she established and manages the Department’s Dispute Resolution Division.  Ms. Billotti was formerly also responsible for the DFEH’s legislation and regulation and public affairs units, and formerly served as Acting Director, Chief of Mediation, Acting Chief Counsel, Volunteer Mediation Program Coordinator and EEO Officer.  Before assuming her responsibilities at DFEH headquarters in 2007, Ms. Billotti held the position of Senior Staff Counsel in Oakland, obtaining significant remedies for complainants in employment and housing discrimination cases litigated in state court and before the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC). Of note is Ms. Billotti’s litigation of the matter of Dept. of Fair Employ. & Hous. v. SASCO Electric (Scherl) (June 22, 2007) FEHC Precedential Dec. No. 07-02-P [2005 WL 5672426 (Cal.F.E.H.C.)], a pregnancy discrimination case in which the FEHC awarded nearly $125,000 plus front pay and job reinstatement to the complainant and a $25,000 administrative fine to the State General Fund. The FEHC’s decision was upheld in SASCO Electric v. Cal. Fair Employ. & Hous. Com. (Scherl) (2009) 176 Cal.App.4th 532.Prior to joining the DFEH in 2002, Ms. Billotti spent three years with a private firm litigating employment and civil rights cases and two years with the Santa Clara County Bar Association Law Foundation’s Mental Health Advocacy Project.

EDUCATION/ASSOCIATIONS:

Ms. Billotti holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor with highest honors from Golden Gate University School of Law. She has served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section and was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the California Labor and Employment Law Review, where she remains on the Editorial Board. Ms. Billotti also was a member of the steering committee of the State Bar’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Subsection.

PUBLICATIONS/ PRESENTATIONS:

  • Co-panelist, Annual Update of Labor & Employment Law, 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Section Public Sector Conference, 2010, Sacramento, California.
  • Co-panelist, Nuts and Bolts of the DFEH Administrative Process, Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting 2009, Berkeley, California.
  • Co-panelist, Public Sector Law Update, Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting 2009, Berkeley, California.
  • Co-author, California Layoff Basics – Two Perspectives, MCLE Self-Study, California Labor & Employment Law Review, Vol. 23, Issue No. 4, July 2009, pages 1, 14-16.
  • Co-presenter, Summary of Judicial Review of FEHA Cases Litigated Before the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Training, February and March 2009, Los Angeles & Ventura, California.
  • Co-panelist, Inside Scoop—What You Really Need to Know about DFEH/EEOC Investigations, Labor and Employment Law Section Annual Meeting 2006, San Jose, California.
  • Co-author, A 10-Year Retrospective of Significant Cases under the FEHA, MCLE Self-Study, California Labor & Employment Law Review, Vol. 20, Issue No. 3, June 2006, pages 1, 15-20.