Sarah J. Platt

Of Counsel Milwaukee

Sarah Platt assists employers of all sizes with their “people issues”. Sarah works together with clients to provide proactive, practical counseling regarding hiring, discipline, and termination issues to avoid litigation and create a strong record to defend employment actions should litigation arise. She counsels clients on a daily basis through challenging accommodation and leave situations. She also works with clients to conduct and implement change arising from pay equity audits.

Sarah drafts and revises strong employment policies to comply with state and federal laws and guide employee conduct, drafts employment and severance agreements, and advises clients on proper classification of employees and compliance with wage and hour laws. When litigation arises, Sarah defends employers against discrimination and retaliation claims before administrative agencies and state and federal courts.

Sarah also often serves as an outside investigator and advises clients on responding to harassment and other internal complaints, including those arising at the highest level of an organization. She frequently provides training to clients relating to harassment, accommodations and leave management, FMLA compliance, pay equity and other legal requirements and best practices.


Experience

  • Advised hundreds of employers on a daily basis on all types of immediate employment law risks including hiring, discipline, accommodation, leave, termination, proper classification of employees, protecting business through restrictive covenants
  • Served as lead counsel in federal court litigation of ADA and FMLA claims
  • Successfully defended employers against discrimination and retaliation claims before the EEOC and state agencies
  • Conducted sensitive investigations into harassment complaints within Fortune 500 companies
  • Conducted pay equity audit for complex national corporation
  • Secured favorable decision on appeal confirming independent contractor status of “gig economy” workers under Wisconsin Unemployment Compensation law

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Arts@Large, Inc. (Milwaukee)
  • Professional Dimensions member
  • United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Emerging Leaders Council

Speeches:

  • MRA - ''Avoid Compliance Pitfalls: WI And Federal FMLA'' - Waukesha - October 2017
  • Wisconsin Chapter - Association of Corporate Council (ACC) & Ogletree Deakins - ''Invisible Risks: Managing Mental Health Problems and Threats of Violence in the Workplace'' - Milwaukee - June 2017
  • Metro Milwaukee SHRM Spring Conference - ''Not Just Another New Year for Labor and Employment Law: The Top 10 Things to Watch and to Watch Out for in 2017'' - Pewaukee - April 27, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''The Seasons of Employment Law- Spring: Recruitment'' - Brookfield and Appleton - April 4 - April 6, 2017
  • MRA/ FMLA Compliance Strategy/Series Webinar - ''Managing Abuse: FMLA Situations & Intermittent Leave Management'' - March 30, 2017
  • Private Client On-Site Training - ''Employment Law – Year in Review'' - Cleveland - March 07, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - ''The Organization as a Client'' - Waukesha - January 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Lend a Helping Handbook'' - Milwaukee - September 29, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Equal Pay – The 79 Cent Question'' - Kohler - September 15, 2016
  • MRA - ''Social Media: What Employers Need to Know'' - Brookfield - February 25, 2016
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August 07, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Microchipping Employees: Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?"

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