Sarah J. Platt

Shareholder || Milwaukee

Sarah Platt partners with employers of all sizes to find proactive and practical ways to address issues that could otherwise limit the success of employees and companies. Sarah counsels clients every day through challenging leave and accommodation issues under the ADA, FMLA and state laws.  Sarah also often serves as an outside investigator and participates on clients’ crisis management teams to respond to harassment and other internal complaints, including those arising at the highest level of an organization. She frequently provides training to clients, from front-line workers to executive leadership, relating to harassment, accommodations and leave management, FMLA compliance, pay equity and other legal requirements and best practices.  She also works with clients to conduct proactive pay equity audits and implement change. 

Sarah works with clients to avoid litigation and to create a strong record to defend employment actions should it be necessary. When litigation arises, Sarah defends employers against discrimination and retaliation claims before administrative agencies and state and federal courts.

Learn more about Sarah J. Platt
  • Advises 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
  • Conducted sensitive investigations into harassment complaints against executives within Fortune 500 companies and high profile non-profit organizations
  • Conducted pay equity audits for complex national corporations
  • Served as lead counsel in federal court litigation of ADA and FMLA claims
  • Secured a defense verdict after trial of an ADA discrimination and accommodation claim against a global manufacturer
  • Successfully defended employers against hundreds of discrimination and retaliation claims before the EEOC and state agencies
  • Secured favorable decision on appeal confirming independent contractor status of “gig economy” workers under Wisconsin Unemployment Compensation law

Education

  • J.D., summa cum laude, DePaul University College of Law, 2006
  • B.S.F.S., cum laude, Georgetown University, 2001

Admittance to Practice

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

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 (2015-2017)

Speeches

  • MRA - "The Sea of Change: Shift in Employment Law from Federal Level Enforcement to a Patchwork of State and Local Laws" - Milwaukee - February 21, 2019
  • MRA Webinar - "FMLA: Tips for Tackling 5 Everyday Challenges" - November 15, 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - "Attorney-Client Privilege and Sexual Harassment" - Brookfield - November 1, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "#MeToo, #TimesUp, Now What?" - Kohler - September 20, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce in 2019 - "Demystifying Pay Audits" - Kohler - September 20, 2018
  • Private Client HR Immersion Session - "As The World Turns... Cultural and Legislative Trends, HR Issues, and Practical Solutions" - Kohler - September 19, 2018
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - "Class Action Waivers and Practical Tips For Implementing Arbitration Agreements: An Epic Decision for Your Company" - Milwaukee - July 18, 2018
  • Wisconsin Banking HR Professionals - "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era" - Brookfield - May 22, 2018
  • MRA/FMLA Compliance Strategy Series Webinar - "Managing FMLA Abuse and Intermittent Leave" - April 30, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era" - Brookfield - April 11, 2018
  • United Adworkers of Milwaukee - "Respectful Workplace: Anti-Harassment Training" - Milwaukee - April 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Employment Law Briefing - "Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era" - Appleton - April 3, 2018
  • MRA Employment Law Update - "2018 Top Compliance Issues" - Waukesha - February 22, 2018
  • The Badger Times Journal Report - "Sexual Harassment" - Walker's Point - January 26, 2018
  • American Packaging Corporation (APC) - "Harassment Training" - DeForest - January 23, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins "Reel Ethics" Briefing - "The Organization as a Client" - Waukesha - January 17, 2018
  • Wisconsin Bar Tax School - "Tax Matters in Employment Law" - Milwaukee - December 1, 2017
  • 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 - 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 7, 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
  • January 25, 2019 - Wisconsin Law Journal - "Platt questions common notions about management-side employment lawyers"
  • August 7, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Microchipping Employees: Do the Pros Outweigh the Cons?"
  • Wisconsin Rising Star (2013 and 2015)
  • Order of the Coif

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