Ms. Garger represents and counsels employers with employment issues, including employee discipline and termination, wrongful discharge cases, employment discrimination complaints, religious and disability accommodation issues, sex harassment investigations, revising employee manuals and related employment policies.
Ms. Garger currently devotes the majority of her practice to representing federal contractors and subcontractors in compliance evaluations and administrative enforcement actions brought by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Ms. Garger represents employers in a wide range of industries, including food processing, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, pharmaceutical, hospitality, financial, educational, technology, retail and construction around the country on the preparation, management, and defense of their affirmative action programs and related matters, including jurisdictional analyses and preventative strategies. Ms. Garger is regularly involved with investigating and resolving systemic discrimination issues stemming from statistical disparities in hiring, promotion, termination, compensation and testing and has extensive experience negotiating and defending allegations of back pay liability and other sanctions imposed by the OFCCP. Additionally, Ms. Garger advises employers on compensation analyses and audits, development of diversity programs, and EEO-1 and Protected Veterans reporting issues.
Ms. Garger also provides training programs and has been a guest lecturer on such topics as anti-harassment policies, mediation strategies, ADEA, ADA and related accommodations issues, Affirmative Action/OFCCP developments and other current employment law topics.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Garger practiced with international law firms in Phoenix and Chicago. She has litigated discrimination claims before federal and state courts, and various administrative agencies and tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of employers around the country. She has been admitted to the Illinois Trial Bar based on her trial experience.