Michelle R. Maslowski

Associate Indianapolis

Michelle R. Maslowski concentrates her practice in complex employment litigation, defending employers in individual and class and collective action claims under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, the FLSA. With significant trial experience, Michelle represents and counsels several industries for their employment and personnel needs, including transportation companies, food processing companies, manufacturers, staffing companies, retailers, medical providers, financial institutions, and general contractors. Her litigation experience includes cases across several states, including Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, and Washington.

Michelle has defended dozens of class and collective actions on behalf of clients across multiple states. She has significant experience with the defense of FLSA off-the-clock and misclassification cases, pattern and practice discrimination cases, and Title VII discrimination cases. A few examples of Michelle’s recent successes include:

  • Pre-conditional certification dismissal of collective action claims in off-the-clock case;
  • Dismissal of collective action claim in misclassification case;
  • Summary judgment in favor of food processing company on ADA and FMLA claims;
  • Dismissal of complaint alleging Title VII race discrimination and whistleblower allegations;
  • Sanctions against plaintiff and counsel stemming from discovery violations;
  • Dismissal of Title VII race discrimination claim against food processing plant;
  • Summary judgment in favor of manufacturer on Title VII race discrimination claim.

As part of her practice in complex litigation, Michelle serves as a supervisory attorney for the Firm’s Document Review Center and is an active member in the Firm’s E-Discovery and Records Retention Practice Group. She is regularly consulted on e-discovery strategy and solutions. She advises on compliance issues related to legal holds, data preservation and collection, discovery scoping, and strategies for review and production of large-volume electronic discovery in single and multi-jurisdictional actions.


Experience

Michelle counsels and defends employers on a wide range of employment, labor, and personnel matters. She has significant litigation management experience in both federal and state court, including several trials, arbitrations, and evidentiary hearings. Michelle defends employers in litigation involving individual and class action claims under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, the FLSA, and claims involving wage and compensation issues, covenants not to compete, workers compensation, and whistleblower retaliation. She also represents employers at the administrative level, including claims filed with the EEOC, the NLRB, OSHA, and unemployment agencies.

Michelle represents and counsels several industries for their employment and personnel needs, including transportation companies, general contractors, subcontractors, financial institutions, mortgage servicers, credit bureaus, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, medical providers, staffing companies, and property owners. She counsels both domestic and international clients on compliance issues, best practices for litigation avoidance, and how to streamline internal business processes. Michelle also provides advice on employment and personnel issues, such as employment agreements, severance and separation agreements, employee handbooks, and individual employment policies.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Women in the Law Committee; Written Publications Committee (December 2013 - present)
  • Phoenix Theatre, Board Member (August 2013 - present); Simply da Vine Committee, Chair (July 2012 - present); Simply da Vine Committee Member (August 2011 - July 2012)
  • American Lung Association, Fight for Air Climb, Team Captain (March 2013)

Speeches:

  • Business Management Daily - ''FMLA in the Trenches: Problematic FMLA Leaves'' - Indianapolis - April 24, 2014
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Update Seminar - ''FMLA Leave: When to Grant and When to Deny'' - Indianapolis - December 12, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - ''Everything I Ever Wanted to Learn About Employment Law, I Learned at the Movies'' - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - ''ADA Accommodations and Title III Trends: The New Era in ADA Title III Compliance'' - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • Business Management Daily - ''FMLA in the Trenches: Advanced Tips & Tactics to Protect Your Company'' - Indianapolis - October 03, 2013
  • ICLEF - ''A Practical Guide to Employment Practice Liability Insurance'' - Indianapolis - October 02, 2013
  • Workforce Management in 2013 - Wabash Valley Human Resources Association - ''Combating Fraud Under the FMLA: Tips & Tactics to Protect Your Company'' - Terre Haute - September 20, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce 49th Annual Human Resources Conference - ''Everything I Learned About Employment Law I Learned From the Movies'' - Indianapolis - May 08, 2013
  • Business Management Daily - ''FMLA in the Trenches: Advanced Tips & Tactics to Protect Your Company'' - Indianapolis - April 25, 2013

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January 16, 2014 - Lexology, Association of Corporate Counsel - "Federal Minimum Wage Stagnant but 13 States Raise Their Minimum Wages"
2013 - ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (Contributing Editor) - "The Family Medical Leave Act of 2013 Cumulative Supplement"

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