Amy is known for the strong, trusting partnerships she develops with clients through her employment counseling work, which proves particularly beneficial if matters proceed to litigation.

Overview

Workplace standards and expectations are changing rapidly, and clients turn to Amy to learn current employment best practices and manage risks inherent in navigating all facets of the employment relationship. Amy advises clients on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), affirmative action programs (AAPs), Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and related state audits, and federal and state anti-discrimination law such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA).

The #MeToo movement has heightened risks for all employers. Amy counsels clients on equal pay, discrimination, harassment and related employee relations issues. She regularly leads internal investigations for employers into harassment and discrimination complaints, and also manages internal audits of other employment practices, such as wage and hour issues. Amy helps clients develop policies that promote good employee-employer relationships. When policies and practices are challenged, Amy represents government contractors in audits and investigations by OFCCP, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Experience

In today's climate, Amy's investigation services have been in high demand. She has led investigations into sensitive employee complaints for clients in industries such as housing, manufacturing, health care, brewing, and construction. 

Amy successfully represented a technology client on a breach of contract case brought by a former employee, including prevailing on summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and winning affirmance before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Amy and a team led a trial in Minnesota state court that resulted in complete dismissal of a former employee's breach of contract claims against a manufacturing client.

Amy partnered with a health care client to counsel them through a difficult termination and then handle the charge of discrimination brought by the employee, which resulted in dismissal before the administrative agency.

Amy has represented clients across industries in affirmative action audits before the OFCCP and MDHR and has experience litigating against OFCCP. 

A frequent speaker, Amy presents directly to clients, to industry groups, and to other lawyers on topics including OFCCP and MDHR audits, AAPs, sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage and hour law.

Amy represents pro bono clients in family law matters through the Deinard Legal Clinic and is a volunteer attorney with the Children’s Law Center, which provides free legal services to youth in foster care and other children navigating the legal and social services systems.

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

"#MeToo: Can Lawyers Lead the Way on Prevention, Risk Management, and Inclusion?," University of Minnesota Law School, April 2019

"Ethics for Employment Lawyers," Minnesota CLE, February 2019

"MDHR Audits: What You Should Know and What You Should Do," Minnesota Affirmative Action Compliance Council (MAACC), November 2018

"#MeToo in the Workplace: Understanding, Addressing, and Preventing Sexual Harassment," Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association (SMAHRA), September 2018

"Affirmative Action Programs That Withstand OFCCP Scrutiny," Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2018

"Wage & Hour Basics: 10 Things You Must Get Right," Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2017

"Employment Law Blitz!," Coleman Roundtable, November 2016

"Best Practices for Employers Amid Increasing Focus on Sex Discrimination," Minnesota CLE, October 2016

"Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claims After Young v. UPS," Minnesota CLE, October 2015

"A Good Handbook Comes in Handy: Employee Handbook Tips," Shakopee Chamber of Commerce, September 2013

"Pay and Pregnancy: A Gender Discrimination Law Update," Minnesota CLE, September 2013

"Handling Facebook Posts You Don’t ‘Like’: Employer Social Media Strategies," Ramsey County Bar Association, June 2013

"Don’t Let Your Client’s Office Become ‘The Office’: Employment Law Updates Affecting Your Clients’ Businesses," University of Minnesota Law School, March 2013

Publications

Co-author, "Chapter Five: Employee Notification and Employer Response," The FMLA Handbook, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2012

"Blogging on Broken Glass: Why the Proposed Free Flow of Information Act Needs a Specific Test for Determining When Media Shield Laws Apply to Bloggers," 10 Minnesota Law Journal, Science & Technology 747, 2009

Recognitions

Recognitions

Selected as "Up and Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer, 2018

Selected to the Super Lawyers© Minnesota Rising Stars list, 2014-2019

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Minnesota Valley Women's Chorale, Board Member

Children's Law Center, Volunteer Attorney

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010

  • Order of the Coif
  • Labor and Employment Concentration
  • Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Lead Supervising Editor

Marquette University, Honors B.A., Journalism and Writing-Intensive English, summa cum laude, 2007

  • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • The Marquette Tribune, Reporter/Editor/Columnist
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