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Katherine G. Rigby

Shareholder Boston

Kate Rigby is a Shareholder in the Boston Office and has devoted her entire legal career to representing employers in a broad spectrum of employment issues and disputes. In addition to regularly litigating employment and wage and hour claims before state and federal courts and agencies, Ms. Rigby also provides practical counseling in all areas of human resources including: employment agreements and restrictive covenants; handbooks and policies; hiring, discipline and termination; investigations into internal complaints; accommodation of disabilities and personal leave of absences; and other compliance with federal and state employment laws.

Ms. Rigby also has significant experience handling employee training and has personally conducted dozens of management and non-management equal employment and diversity training courses for clients. Before her legal career, Ms. Rigby worked in the human resources field in recruiter, generalist and management positions.


Experience

Employment Litigation

Regularly defends employers in employment discrimination and retaliation cases in state and federal court and has obtained summary judgment in cases involving the following claims:

  • Age discrimination;
  • Disability discrimination;
  • Race discrimination;
  • National origin discrimination;
  • Gender discrimination;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Retaliation; and
  • Assault and battery.

Obtained an arbitration award in an arbitration involving claims of gender discrimination and harassment, retaliation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract  

Wage and Hour Litigation

Defended and obtained favorable results for employers in state and federal court involving Massachusetts wage and hour laws including: alleged unpaid commissions and incentive payments, vacation pay, tip pooling, service charges, meal breaks, overtime, and minimum wage claims 

Obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims of alleged unpaid commission payments pursuant to the Massachusetts wage and hour statutes and breach of contract claims

State and Federal Agencies

EEO charges  

Regularly represents employers before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has obtained favorable results defending clients in the following types of matters:

  • Age, race, national origin, gender, and disability discrimination charges;
  • Retaliation charges; and
  • Sexual harassment charges.

Wage and Hour charges/investigations

Represented employers before the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in response to individual and group wage and hour complaints   

Training

Conducted dozens of training courses for management and non-management employees including training on the following state and federal topics:

  • Family and disability leave laws;
  • Disability, pregnancy and religious accommodation;
  • Prevention of and responding to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation;
  • Wage and hour laws;
  • Investigating internal complaints;
  • Documentation of disciplinary issues; and
  • Confidentiality and restrictive covenant issues.

Completed all MCAD-Certified Train-the-Trainer Courses including:

  • Preventing Discrimination  in the Workplace;
  • Preventing Harassment in the Workplace;
  • Responding to Accommodation Requests; and
  • Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations.
Employment Counseling

Counsels employers on all human resource issues such as employment agreements (including confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants), handbooks and policies, hiring new employees, employee discipline and terminations, conducting internal investigations, engaging in the interactive process required under state and federal disability laws, and compliance with other federal and state employment laws

Restrictive Covenant Matters

Successfully assisted in the representation of employers and individuals involving restrictive covenants disputes and litigation 

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Boston Bar Association, Steering Committee New Partner Forum
  • Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Employment Law Section)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Speeches:

  • Women's In-House Counsel Leadership Institute (panelist) - ''Project 20/35 Workshop'' - Boston - June 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Best Practices and Pitfalls for Workplace Investigations'' - Needham - May 16, 2017
  • Boston Bar Association - ''Working Smarter Together: Real Practice Perspectives from In-House and Outside Counsel'' - Boston - June 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Employment Law Update'' - Needham - September 24, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Employment Law Update'' - Boston - October 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Legislative Update'' - Boston - October 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Facebook Firings and Social Networking in the Workplace'' - Boston - November 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Moving Targets'' - Boston - March 2010
  • Charlotte Area SHRM - ''Conducting Self Audits - A Key to Litigation Avoidance'' - Charlotte - January 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Why Don't My Employees Have to Come to Work - Time Off and Leaves of Absences'' - Charlotte - October 2008
  • WCI, Inc. - ''Legislative Update'' - Hickory - October 2008
  • WCI, Inc. - ''FMLA: New Challenges for Employers'' - Asheville - May 2008
  • Sterling Education Seminars - ''Hiring and Firing - Discipline and Discharge'' - Charlotte - April 2008
  • Charlotte Area SHRM - ''FMLA Notice Obligations'' - Charlotte - January 2008
  • WCI, Inc. & Gaston Workforce Development - ''Discipline and Discharge: Avoiding Discrimination Lawsuits'' - Gastonia - October 2007
  • Sterling Education Seminars - ''Coping with Leave Laws'' - Charlotte - September 2007
  • Charlotte Area SHRM - ''Important Developments in North Carolina Employment Law: What Employers Need to Know'' - Charlotte - July 2007
  • WCI, Inc. - ''Managing Employee Information: What Employers Need to Know'' - Hick & Gastonia - July 2007
  • WCI, Inc. - ''Federal and State Legislative Update'' - Valdese - May 2007
  • Charlotte Area SHRM - Mock Trial - ''Negligent Hiring, Retention and Supervision'' - Charlotte - October 2006

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Media Quotes

July 28, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Court Finds No Bias in Promotion Decision"
Winter 2011 - The Boston Bar Journal - "Employers 'Google' at Their Own Risk: It's Important to Know What You Know"

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