Melissa Pierre-Louis - Disability Discrimination Employment Attorney NY, NY

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Melissa E. Pierre-Louis

Partner
Washington, DC Office
(202) 847-4400

About

MELISSA E. PIERRE-LOUIS is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in Washington D.C., where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual discrimination and retaliation claims, sexual harassment, whistleblower actions, contractual claims, and wage and hour actions. Ms. Pierre-Louis also handles a variety of professional and executive compensation and benefits matters, including the negotiation of employment contracts, severance agreements, and restrictive covenants. Ms. Pierre-Louis is Co-Chair of O&G’s Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group. She is also a member of O&G’s Discrimination and Retaliation Practice Group. Ms. Pierre-Louis has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2017 and 2018.

Ms. Pierre-Louis has litigated both individual and class action cases and represented clients before FINRA, federal and state court, and before administrative agencies. Despite her litigation experience, Ms. Pierre-Louis finds that, with appropriate counseling and negotiation, litigation can be avoided. Ms. Pierre-Louis is a proponent of alternative dispute resolution and utilizes mediation where appropriate.

Ms. Pierre-Louis is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, the New York State and City Bar Associations, and the New Jersey State Bar Association. Ms. Pierre-Louis is the Co-Chair of the FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. She is also the former Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Lawyers of Color Committee.

Ms. Pierre-Louis is admitted to the state bar of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the state bar of New Jersey. She is not a member of the D.C. Bar, and is supervised by a member of the District of Columbia bar.

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    Bar Admissions & Professional Activities

    • Ms. Pierre-Louis is admitted to the state bar of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the state bar of New Jersey. She is not a member of the D.C. Bar, and is supervised by a member of the District of Columbia bar.

    • Co-Chair: FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee

    • Member, American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section

    • Member, New York State Bar Association

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    Speaking Engagements

    2017

    • Speaker: "Understanding the Complexities of On-Ramping and Off-Ramping in Financial Services," Council of Urban Professionals and the Robert Toigo Foundation Alumni Association, New York, NY

    2016

    • Speaker: "Employee Performance and Termination: Key considerations under the FMLA and ADA," Live webcast

    2015

    • Speaker: "The FMLA 20 Years Later," American Bar Association, 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA
    • Speaker: "Workplace Investigations Essentials: What to Know When Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations," American Bar Association, Webinar
    • Speaker: "Pregnancy In The Workplace: Employers' and Employees' Rights and Obligations," American Bar Association, Webinar
    • Speaker: "Handling Requests for Leave and Religious and Disability Accommodations," New York City Bar Employment Law Institute, New York, NY
    • Speaker: "The FMLA," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico,

    2014

    • Speaker: "Title VII Essentials," American Bar Association, Webinar
    • Speaker: "Return to Work—If You Can! How to Use the ADA & Rehabilitation Act to Your Client's Advantage," NELA, 2014 Annual Convention: Blazing the Trail, Courage, Challenge, Change, Boston, MA

    2013

    • Panelist: "Let's Be Reasonable: Questions, Concerns and Practical Considerations of Accommodating Employees with Mental Disabilities," The Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, New York, NY

    2012

    • Speaker: "Mixed-Motive Defense in Employment Discrimination Cases," Strafford Publications, CLE Webinar
    • Lecturer: "Litigating Disability Discrimination Claims under the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008," Cordozo School of Law

    2010

    • Speaker: "Representing People with Conviction Histories in Employment Matters," The New York City Conference on Representing Employees
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    Publications & Articles

    The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2nd Edition

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, senior editor, Bloomberg BNA, 2018

    The Family Medical Leave Act: 2015 Cumulative Supplement

    Cara E. Greene, Chapter 10 Editor, Melissa Pierre-Louis Associate Editor, ABA/BNA Books, 2015

    Recruiting Talent without Liability: Avoiding Conflicts and Disqualification in Lateral Hiring

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, American Bar Association Midwinter Meeting, 2011

    The Final Regulations to the ADA Amendments Act: Redefining What it Means to Be 'Disabled' Under the Act

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, Employment Law Strategist, 2011

    Employers Must Revisit Their Hiring Policies to Incorporate Ex-Offenders into the Workplace

    Melissa Pierre-Louis, Section of Labor and Employment Law Flash, February 2010

    Impact Matters: How Lewis v. City of Chicago Saved the Timeliness of Disparate Impact Claims

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, NELA Employee Advocate, 2010

    The Disparate Impact of Criminal Screening Policies

    Melissa E. Pierre-Louis, New York City Conference on Representing Employees, 2010

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    Awards & Recognition

    • Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2017-2018

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