Sandra E. Kahn

Counsel Boston

Sandy Kahn is Counsel in Ogletree Deakins’ Boston office.  She has specialized in employment law for over 20 years. Sandy regularly counsels employers on all aspects of employment law, from managing the hiring process to discipline and discharge, drafting employment agreements and employee handbooks to advice on wage and hour disputes, and conducting harassment  investigations to assuring compliance with state and federal employment laws.

Sandy represents clients before state and federal courts and before agencies, including the MCAD  (Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination), the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), and the state’s Attorney General’s offices. She also advocates for clients in alternative dispute resolution forums including mediation and arbitration.


Agency Matters/ Litigation
  • Obtained dismissal (lack of probable cause decision) from Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) on behalf of consulting firm in case alleging termination due to sexual orientation discrimination.
  • Obtained dismissal from MCAD on behalf of physician group in disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case.
  • Obtained dismissal from MCAD on behalf of manufacturer in several related race discrimination cases.
  • Obtained dismissal from MCAD on behalf of asset management company in case alleging disability on the basis of mental illness and constructive discharge.
  • Obtained dismissal from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of employer in race discrimination case brought by contract employee.
  • Obtained dismissal from MCAD on behalf of senior living community in two cases alleging race and ethnicity discrimination.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of employer in case alleging that discharge of train conductor after refusal to provide a urine sample for drug testing following train derailment amounted to disability discrimination.  Bratton v. CSX Transportation, Inc., 586 F. Supp. 2d 12 (2008).
  • Negotiated resolution of break time wage complaints against employer brought by Massachusetts Attorney General.
Counseling Highlights
  • Investigated harassment allegations against high level executive in manufacturing company.
  • Negotiated separation of and resolved discrimination complaint made by long time employee of independent school.
  • Worked with multi-state office supply client to develop process to manage leaves of absence, reduce number of employees on extended leaves, and minimize risk of liability.
  • Counseled clients on handling reductions in force, including WARN Act and age discrimination considerations.
  • Conducted wage and hour audits and assisted clients in reclassifying employees as non-exempt.
  • Assisted small medical practice with employment needs, including separation of problem physician.
  • Counseled clients on sensitive employee relations issues, including discipline and discharge matters.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Massachusetts Women's Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


Published Works