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kristin.pierre​@FaegreBD.com

2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

D: +1 612 766 7875
F: +1 612 766 1600

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (1993)
University of Wisconsin
B.S. in English and Political Science (1990)

Bar Admissions

Minnesota Wisconsin Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Kristin Jones Pierre

Counsel

Kristin Jones Pierre advises management nationwide on a range of complex workplace matters, including identifying long-term strategies and best practices to reduce employment-related legal risks while meeting business needs. She represents employers of all sizes and spanning a variety of industries, including public and private companies, emerging businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

Counseling

Kristin routinely advises employers by identifying employment obligations, risks and liabilities from hiring practices to termination. Her representative experience includes:

  • Advising businesses regarding hiring practices, including issues related to recruitment, non-discrimination, non-competition, pre-employment testing, background checks, offer letters and employment agreements
  • Preparing covenants not to compete, confidentiality and trade secret agreements, and advising employers regarding their enforceability
  • Advising employers regarding wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state laws, including classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt
  • Preparing employee handbooks and other personnel policies and practices
  • Assisting employers in developing policies and practices to manage accommodation and leave issues, including advising employers regarding employee rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and state laws
  • Counseling employers regarding complex employee discipline and discharge matters, including drafting disciplinary documentation, severance plans, and separation and release agreements
  • Advising employers on best practices for managing voluntary and involuntary workforce reductions and related employee communication, including developing and implementing plans, and severance and release agreements, in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Older Workers Benefits Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • Conducting audits of employment practices and procedures
  • Investigating allegations of harassment and discrimination

Affirmative Action and OFCCP Compliance

Kristin’s practice also includes assisting employers in designing affirmative action plans and representing government contractors in connection with compliance evaluations and audits conducted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), state and local agencies. She provides preventative guidance and training to government contractors about affirmative action best practices, including legally-compliant recruiting, selection, applicant tracking, performance management, compensation and other employment processes and procedures.

Litigation & Mediation

In her counseling practice, Kristin leverages her litigation experience where she has served as lead counsel for all aspects of employment-related litigation in nationwide federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including claims of race, age and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation, enforcement of non-competes and restrictive covenants, and wage and hour disputes. Her trial and appellate practice provide Kristin with a valuable foundation to counsel clients as to how employment decisions may be challenged and defended in court or before administrative agencies. She is also a qualified civil neutral mediator under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.

Clerkships

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hon. Thomas J. Kalitowski, 1993-94

Presentations

  • Controversial Updated Sex Disrimination Guidelines for Federal Contractors
    Co-author, Government Contracting Law Report, September 2016 
  • What’s New at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights: The Women’s Economic Security Act and More
    Panelist, Employment Law Today: In-Depth Discussions on Complex Issues, Complex Employment Litigation Seminar, Minneapolis, November 2015

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