Kenneth B. Siepman

Shareholder Indianapolis

For over 25 years, Ken Siepman has represented and advised private and public employers on a wide array of labor and employment issues, including FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII, ADEA, NLRA, covenant not to compete/trade secret matters, wage claims, and wrongful discharge.  Ken regularly serves as lead counsel for employers in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Indiana and United States Departments of Labor.  He also has represented employers before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits on several occasions.

Ken devotes a significant portion of his practice to litigation avoidance and counseling.  He partners with employers to provide training on ADA, FMLA, OSHA, wage-hour, hiring/interviewing, employee terminations, workplace harassment, and union avoidance.  He also assists employers to develop employment applications, contracts, personnel policies and handbooks, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, and other employment-related documents.


Experience

  • Prevailed at NLRB in case reversing the law and allowing employer, consistent with past practice, unilaterally to modify health care benefits during a hiatus between collective bargaining agreements, Raytheon Network Centric Sys., 365 NLRB No. 161 (Dec. 17, 2017)
  • Obtained directed verdict at trial on ADA claim for national retailer
  • Secured Seventh Circuit victory for an automotive manufacturer in Title VII national origin discrimination and retaliation case, Hnin v. TOA (USA), LLC 751 F. 3d 499 (7th Cir. 2014)
  • Prevailed at Seventh Circuit in ADA case for international manufacturer, Majors v. General Electric Co. 714 F. 3d 527 (7th Cir. 2013)
  • Obtained injunction and six-figure settlement in trade secrets and unfair competition case for international company
  • Secured Seventh Circuit victory in Title VII sex discrimination and harassment action for a college, Minor v. Ivy Tech State College 174 F. 3d 655 (7th Cir. 1999)
  • Obtained Seventh Circuit victory in ADA case for hospital, Schmidt v. Methodist Hosp., 89 F. 3d 342 (7th Cir. 1996)
  • Prevailed in the Sixth Circuit in Title VII religious discrimination case for national retailer
  • Obtained Sixth Circuit victory in ADA case for international restaurant company
  • Secured no liability resolution for home health care company in FLSA audit by DOL
  • Prevailed at NLRB trial on behalf of a national telecommunications company charged with violating Section 8(a)(5) of the NLRA
  • Defeated union representation petition filed with the NLRB against Indiana company
  • Obtained trial victory at the NLRB on behalf of national retailer charged with violating Sections 8(a)(1) and (3) of the NLRA

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Speeches:

  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''The Dizzying Array of State and Local Employment Laws: Round 1-Leave Entitlements'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Leaves, Leaves, and More Leaves!'' - Indianapolis - November 02, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''To Reassign, or not to Reassign, That is the Question: Vacant Positions and the Accommodation Requirement'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment Law 2017 and Beyond'' - Indianapolis - April 13, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Keys to Handling Discipline and Discharge'' - Indianapolis - October 20, 2016
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Conference - ''Entering the Roundabout: The FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation'' - Indianapolis - May 2016
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Conference - ''FMLA Preliminary Issues and Notice Requirements'' - Indianapolis - December 10, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Managing Your Company Through Crisis - What Your Company Can Learn From Today's Headlines'' - Indianapolis - October 09, 2014
  • Ogleree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Double Double Toil and Trouble: Litigating Against Pro Se Plaintiffs'' - Las Vegas - May 09, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Crossroads Between Immigration and Employment Law'' - Las Vegas - May 08, 2014
  • Hylant Seminar - ''Your Federal Government is Here to Help - Anatomy of a DOL Audit'' - Indianapolis - March 12, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''ADA Accommodations and Title III Trends'' - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''I Want a Piece of Your Paycheck: Garnishment Compliance for the Multi-State Employer'' - New Orleans - May 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Girl With the Doggone Tattoo: Regulating Individual Expression, In and Out of the Workplace'' - New Orleans - May 09, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Worker's Compensation Conference - ''Troubled Waters: Navigating the ADA, FMLA, and Worker's Compensation'' - Indianapolis - February 28, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Business Fights Back: Tales from the Front Lines of Litigation'' - Phoenix - May 11, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce Worker’s Compensation Conference - ''How W.C. Involves Other Laws Such as FMLA and ADA'' - Indianapolis - March 01, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Indiana's Right-To-Work Law'' - February 22, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Conference - ''What's New With The FMLA? Recent Legislative and Case Law Developments'' - Indianapolis - December 06, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Conference - ''And GINA Makes Four: The FMLA, ADA, Workers' Compensation and GINA'' - Indianapolis - June 16, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Human Resources Roundtable'' - Chicago - May 14, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 46th Annual Human Resources Conference - ''The ADA Amendments Act of 2008: Disabilities on Steroids'' - Indianapolis - May 06, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce ADA Conference - ''What is a Disability Under the New ADA?'' - Indianapolis - February 23, 2011
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce ADA Conference - ''Best Practices Under the ADA'' - Indianapolis - February 23, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Ten Rules Even Non-Union Employers Need to Know About the NLRB'' - Indianapolis - October 05, 2010
  • Indiana Manufacturers' Association Webinar - ''Accommodations Galore'' - October 01, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Multi-Employer Pension Plan Morass - Employee Benefits Pitfalls for the Labor Relations Department'' - Las Vegas - May 07, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce National Safety Exposition - ''Workers' Compensation: Employer and Employee Rights and Responsibilities'' - Indianapolis - March 03, 2010

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December 2010 - Indiana Chamber of Commerce - "The Indiana Employer's Guide to the ADA"
2008 - Government Institutes - "Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook (co-author)"

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