Honors and Accomplishments
Recognized by Chambers and Partners for her labor & employment law practice
Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of Employment Law — Management
Recognized by Super Lawyers for her Labor and Employment Law practice
Community & Professional Activities
Living History Farms, Board Member (Vice-Chair 2016-2017, Secretary 2013-2014)
Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (2012-2013)
Greater Des Moines Partnership Workforce and Education Board Member
Iowa State Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Polk County Bar Association, Member
Represented employers in Department of Labor wage and hour audits resulting in reduced back wages owed and resolution without litigation.
Trained supervisors and hourly employees regarding numerous topics including discrimination, retaliation, union issues, social media and other relevant employment-law issues.
Drafted numerous employment agreements including issues such as non-competes, non-solicitation provision, and confidentiality and intellectual property protections for multi-state employers.
Investigated numerous internal complaints on topics including sexual harassment, retaliation, ethical violations and other employment-related misconduct. Investigations include employees such as CEO, CFO, CIO, HR Directors and other similarly high-ranking executives.
Successfully arbitrated unionized employer’s right to use contractors to perform work previously performed by bargaining unit members.
Successfully arbitrated unionized company’s right to discharge employee for just cause when employee was found sleeping or appearing to sleep while on duty.
Successfully arbitrated company’s right to exercise its management rights clause to manage their operations and assign workers to perform work outside of their normal territory.
Successfully arbitrated unionized company’s right to discipline employee for failure to follow job instructions.
Successfully arbitrated multiple cases for unionized company’s right to discipline or discharge employees for falsification of time.
The Continental Care Center at Seymour, Inc. et al. v. Steven Wright et al. Verdict in our client’s favor following jury trial after former owners of facility failed to pay wages to employees as required by the purchase agreement.
Stevens v. Prairie Meadows. Wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claim resulting in summary judgment for our client, which was affirmed on appeal.
Shelton v. United States Postal Service. Verdict in excess of $4.6 million dollars for our client in a wrongful death action.
Carter v. Prairie Meadows. Wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claim resulting in summary judgment for our client, which was affirmed on appeal.
Cross v. Prairie Meadows, et al. Sexual harassment and retaliation claim resulting in summary judgment for our client. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling in a published decision establishing multiple important legal principles previously unaddressed in our jurisdiction.
Kim v. Grand View University, et al. Race discrimination and retaliation claims resulting in summary judgment for our clients, which was affirmed on appeal.
Mahony v. Ultimate Nursing Services, Inc., et al. Wrongful discharge in violation of public policy, False Claims Act, retaliation and promissory estoppel claims resulting in summary judgment for our client. On appeal, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling.
Diaz v. Tyson Fresh Meats. Race discrimination and disability retaliation claim resulting in summary judgment for our client. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling in the first opinion from the Eighth Circuit to address the United States Supreme Court decision in Staub v. Proctor Hospital.
Haviland v. Catholic Health Initiatives. Fair Labor Standards Act collective action alleging uncompensated and interrupted lunch periods resulting in summary judgment for our clients.
Hayes v. Vermeer Manufacturing Corporation. Family Medical Leave Act case alleging wrongful interference with the right to leave resulting in summary judgment for our client. The Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling.
ISU-VSC v. Iowa Veterinary Referral Center. Represented plaintiff in an action to enforce covenants not to compete against former employees resulting in the entry of a preliminary injunction in favor of our client.
Mason City Human Rights Commission v. Newbury Management Company. Housing discrimination action alleging familial status discrimination resulting in verdict in favor of our client after a trial.
Gosa and Dittrick v. NuWorld Amaranth. Wrongful discharge in violation of public policy claims resulting in summary judgment for our client.
Barucic v. Titan Tire. National origin discrimination and retaliation claims resulting in summary judgment for our client.
Derringer v. Tyson. ADA claim resulting in summary judgment for our client.
Coughlin v. Walgreens. ADA claim dismissed with prejudice after we sought summary judgment.
Kloster v. Goodwill. Collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act alleging misclassification and failure to pay overtime resulting in summary judgment for our client.
Lavia v. Siegwerk. Age and gender discrimination claim resulting in summary judgment for our client.
Hudson v. Tyson Foods. FMLA interference and retaliation claim resulting in a jury verdict for our client.
Sysco Iowa, Inc. v. University of Iowa. Case seeking injunction to prevent disclosure of confidential trade secrets under Iowa's Open Records Act. On appeal, obtained reversal of District Court order denying injunction, including finding that contract with confidential pricing information constituted trade secrets.
Raveling v. Tyson Foods, Inc., et al. Age discrimination case under Iowa Civil Rights Act resulting in summary judgment for our client.
Publications and Presentations
Employees Gone Wild: What to do when an employee misbehaves or breaks down in the workplace, Iowa Employment Conference October, 2015
Five Trap Doors in the Fair Labor Standards Act, September 2015
Status Update: Social Media’s Evolving Role in Employment, September 2015
Iowa SHRM Legal Update, July 2015
Employment Law Update, HR OneSource Employment Law Conference, April 2015
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Disciplining and Discharging Employees While (Hopefully) Avoiding a Lawsuit, October 2014; September 2014
We Just Want People to Show Up and Work. Is that So Much to Ask? Handling attendance, leave, intermittent leave and accommodations. September 2014; April 2014; September 2013
Top 10 labor and employment issues. September 2014
Employee Representation: Unions, Organizing Campaigns and Weingarten Rights, September 2014
I Don’t Like What You “Like”: Employees, Employers and Social Media, October 2013;
Administrative, Executive and the Wrath of the Department of Labor: Navigating Key
Exemptions in the Fair Labor Standards Act, September 2013
The NLRB and Why it Matters To Me (and should matter to you too!), September 2012
Employee Handbooks, September 2012
Employment Law Update: Legislative and Legal Updates, Central Iowa SHRM, July 2012
Misclassification: The Lurking Lawsuit, May 2012
Dollars and Cents: Paying Your Employees Correctly and Staying out of Court, December 2011
Legal Developments, September 2011
Supervisors Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, September 2011
Are You Ready to Rumble…Exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act, September 2011
Hot Spots in Wage and Hour Litigation, April 2011, September 2010
Working Mommies and Daddies: The Intersection between Parenting and Employment, September 2010