Liz S. Washko

Shareholder || Nashville

Liz Washko is a Shareholder in the Nashville office and the co-chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group. Ms. Washko represents management in a wide variety of employment matters, at the agency level and in litigation. Ms. Washko has particular experience defending employers in FLSA collective actions, in pay discrimination cases (individual plaintiff and class/collective actions) and conducting proactive pay audits and pay equity analyses. Ms. Washko has served as lead counsel in jury trials in state and federal courts. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Washko conducts training on employment issues, drafts and reviews employment policies and agreements, and conducts harassment and other types of investigations for employers. Ms. Washko is a frequent speaker and writer on topics relating to all types of employment issues and works with clients on preventive strategies to avoid discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims. Ms. Washko has been practicing law since graduating from Rutgers School of Law in 1993. She joined Ogletree Deakins in 2000 and was elected to shareholder status in 2003.

While Ms. Washko represents employers of all sizes and in all industries, she has particular expertise representing clients in the restaurant, retail, healthcare and manufacturing industries.

Ms. Washko is a member of the American Health Lawyers’ Association and is the Social Media Coordinator for the Labor and Employment practice group of the AHLA. Ms. Washko also is a member of the Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee of the ABA’s Labor and Employment Section. She is a regular contributing editor to the ABA’s FLSA Treatise and annual supplements and the FMLA annual supplements.

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Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University, 1993
  • B.A., Rutgers College, 1989

Admittance to Practice

  • Pennsylvania (inactive)
  • New Jersey
  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Health Lawyers Association (Member, Labor and Employment practice group; Social Media Coordinator for the Labor and Employment practice group @AHLA_Labor)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Labor and Employment Section, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee of Labor and Employment Section)
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Lawyers Association for Women

Speeches

  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "Leading the Charge on Pay Equity: How In-House Counsel Can Influence Change" - La Quinta - November 8, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Avalanche Is Here: The Latest on Pay Equity Legislation, Audits, and Litigation" - Boca Raton - November 9, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Pay Equity—What’s Working, What’s Not" - San Diego - May 5, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Comfort Dogs, Nut-Free Environments, and Odorless Workplaces—The Expansion of "Reasonable" Accommodations" - Nashville - October 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Equal Pay: Understanding the Risks and Exposures" - Atlanta - August 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Eye on Pay Equity: Increased Focus on Increased Risk" - Huntsville - August 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Pay Equity - How Employers Can Avoid The Increasing Risks of Pay Discrimination Claims" - Cleveland - August 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Eye on Pay Equity: Keeping Up With Recent Developments" - July 2016
  • Tennessee Chamber of Commerce - "Overtime Rules and Equal Pay Workshop" - Nashville - July 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Headline News – Legal Developments in Pay Equity" - Chicago - May 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Please Release Me! Preparing Enforceable Severance, Settlement and Waiver Agreements" - Chicago - May 2016
  • National Retail Federation, Committee on Employment Law Spring Meeting - "Preparing for the Coming Overtime Changes" - Longboat Key - April 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Pay Equity: Federal and State Focus Increases Risk of Pay Discrimination Claims" - Nashville - March 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Keeping it Legal: Conducting Background Checks on Your Employees" - February 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "Pay Equity: Federal and State Focus Increases Risks of Pay Discrimination Claims for Many Employers" - February 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "The Latest Trends in Class and Collective Actions – Buckle Up for a Bumpy Ride" - Phoenix - November 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Tied Up in Overtime – How New FLSA Exemption Rules Could Change the Game & What You Need In Your Playbook Now to Win" - Nashville - September 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "To Background Check, or Not to Background Check? That Is the Question!" - San Antonio - May 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Top Ten FMLA Questions Answered" - Nasville - October 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - "A New Day: The Challenges of Litigating Against Today’s EEOC" - Las Vegas - May 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "I Just Want To Be Me! The Expansion of Individual Expression in the Workplace" - Las Vegas - May 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: No Magic to Using Volunteers, Interns, and Apprentices" - Las Vegas - May 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - "Practical Tips for Improving Your Standard Employment Agreements: Offer Letters, Employment Agreements, Restrictive Covenants, and More" - Nashville - April 2014
  • March 5, 2019 - Business Insurance - "Federal courts still split on employers asking salary history questions"
  • February 25, 2019 - SHRM Online - "Supreme Court Vacates Pay Equity Case"
  • August 21, 2018 - National Law Journal - "New Case at US Supreme Court Tests Gender Pay Disparities"
  • April 23, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Can Employers Pay Tipped Workers Less Than Minimum Wage?"
  • April 10, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Prior Salary Can’t Justify Gender Pay Disparity, Appeals Court Rules"
  • April 10, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Equal Pay Day Another Reminder to Review Pay Practices"
  • October 27, 2017 - Huffington Post - "Lawyers Explain What The Restaurant Industry Needs To Do To Protect Women"
  • June 29, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Women Who Won't Reveal Salaries in Job Interviews Earn Less than Women Who Do"
  • January 2017 - Workforce Magazine - "Sexism Remains an Unwelcome Advancement in the Workplace"
  • April 11, 2016 - Law360 - "The Biggest Mistakes First-Years Make"
  • March 17, 2016 - Nation’s Restaurant News - "New Overtime Rules are Coming Faster Than You Think"
  • June 26, 2015 - Nashville Business Journal - "Gay Marriage is now legal: What Nashville employers need to know"
  • November 14, 2014 - InsideCounsel - "Conde Nast Settles Intern Suit for $5.8 Million"
  • July 25, 2014 - Nashville Business Journal - "With Injuries and Justice For All: Tennessee's New Workers' Comp Landscape"
  • June 3, 2014 - Corporate Counsel - "4 Things to Know When Hiring Teens for Summer Jobs"
  • December 3, 2013 - Law360 - "2nd Circ. May Determine Fate of Internship Programs"
  • October 23, 2013 - Law360 - "Conde Nast Might Be 1st Of Many To End Internships"
  • July 15, 2013 - The Tennessean - "Temp Market Booming in Nashville"
  • July 5, 2013 - The Tennessean - "Some Employees Can't Afford to Stay Home Sick"
  • June 24, 2013 - Law360 - "Attys Weigh In On Justices' Ruling In Harassment Suit"
  • June 13, 2013 - The Tennessean - "Black Swan Ruling Puts Spotlight on Unpaid Internships"
  • March 17, 2013 - The Tennessean - "Middle TN Female Execs Give Their Take On 'Lean In'"
  • November 15, 2011 - The Tennessean - "Baby's Rescuer Might Lose Job"
  • August 5, 2011 - Nashville Business Journal - "Worker Retaliation Claims Rising"
  • May 6, 2011 - Nashville Business Journal - "Raises Staging Comeback"
  • January 21, 2011 - Nashville Business Journal - ""Businesses Sizing Up Metro's Anti-Bias Proposal""
  • November 1, 2010 - Nashville Business Journal - "Avenue Bank Becomes Union Target"
  • June 25, 2010 - Nashville Business Journal - "Unsalaried Interns, Other Alternative Staffing Could Cost Employers Big Time"
  • May 21, 2010 - Nashville Business Journal - "Companies Look to Assist Employees Struggling at Home"
  • May 7, 2010 - Nashville Business Journal - "Many Businesses Had No Plan in Place for Severe Crisis"

Ranked in Chambers USA

Best Lawyers Award Badge

  • Acritas Star* (2018-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America* (2015 – present)
  • Chambers USA* (2014 – present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers* (2013 – present)
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell*

 

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Insights by Liz S. Washko