Ms. Garger represents and counsels employers with employment issues, including employee discipline and termination, wrongful discharge cases, employment discrimination complaints, religious and disability accommodation issues, sex harassment investigations, revising employee manuals and related employment policies.
Ms. Garger currently devotes the majority of her practice to representing federal contractors and subcontractors in compliance evaluations and administrative enforcement actions brought by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Ms. Garger represents employers in a wide range of industries, including food processing, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, pharmaceutical, hospitality, financial, educational, technology, retail and construction around the country on the preparation, management, and defense of their affirmative action programs and related matters, including jurisdictional analyses and preventative strategies. Ms. Garger is regularly involved with investigating and resolving systemic discrimination issues stemming from statistical disparities in hiring, promotion, termination, compensation and testing and has extensive experience negotiating and defending allegations of back pay liability and other sanctions imposed by the OFCCP. Additionally, Ms. Garger advises employers on compensation analyses and audits, development of diversity programs, and EEO-1 and Protected Veterans reporting issues.
Mr. Garger also provides training and is a guest-lecturer. She speaks on topics ranging from sexual harassment to ADA Regulations and ADEA. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Garger practiced with international law firms in Phoenix and Chicago.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (member of the Trial Bar)
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, 1988
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1981
Articles in the National Law Review database by Laura R. Garger