Carolyn A. Pellegrini
Carolyn Pellegrini assists employers with labor and employment disputes and other sensitive matters affecting their professional relationships with their employees. Colleges and universities in particular rely on Carolyn for representation in litigation and advice on day-to-day operations involving HR issues and their compliance with federal and state laws. Carolyn brings a holistic understanding of how the many stakeholders within institutions of higher education -- including administrative, academic and athletic departments, student affairs and public safety -- can affect HR departments. She handles tenure and collective bargaining agreement disputes and claims involving allegations of harassment and discrimination based on race, age, disability and other protected classes. To help minimize the risk of such disputes, Carolyn also drafts faculty and staff handbooks, as well as policies and procedures, and provides training on how to follow them.
Carolyn’s experience with discrimination matters for educational institutions includes compliance reviews, investigation of complaints, issuance of investigation reports, and responses to information requests from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Carolyn extends this same skill set to assist businesses across numerous industries with labor and employment matters. Carolyn represents clients in federal and state employment litigation and arbitration, including matters involving Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the National Labor Relations Act. She also handles investigations of employee misconduct, and the implementation of HR policies and procedures.