Ms. Sullivan represents clients, typically employees, in all types of issues and disputes, including advice and litigation concerning:
- discrimination & harassment
- employment contracts, partnerships, & non-compete agreements
- leaves of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
- terminations, separation agreements, and unemployment benefits claims
- wages & overtime pay
- whistleblowing & retaliation
Ms. Sullivan represents employees who have suffered illegal discrimination and/or harassment in the workplace. Types of discrimination and harassment prohibited under the law include: age, background checks, credit history, & criminal record; breastfeeding & the workplace; defamation, libel, & slander; disability & reasonable accommodation; family responsibilities; gender identity & gender expression; hostile work environment; national origin; pay disparity; pregnancy; race; religion; retaliation; sex; sexual harassment/quid pro quo harassment; sexual orientation, and transgender. She is well-versed in the federal, state, and local laws, concerning discrimination and/or harassment as well as the federal and state agencies and courts where such claims are filed.
Ms. Sullivan also understands the legal, business, and professional implications of entering and exiting employment agreements of all kinds including confidentiality & non-disclosure agreements, consulting agreements, employment agreements and executive agreements, non-compete & non-solicit provisions, offer letters, physician agreements, privacy & technology, shareholder & operating agreements, trade secrets, and work for hire agreements. She has experience negotiating contracts and agreements for clients in a variety of employment contexts, and represents them when a party to a contract breaches, threatens to breach, or is accused of breaching an agreement.
Ms. Sullivan represents employees whose employment is ending, including both those who choose to leave their jobs and those whose employers terminate their employment. She negotiates separation agreements to obtain the best possible terms for her clients; if there are legal claims involved, she works with her clients to identify their goals and aggressively pursue those goals through negotiation, litigation, or other means as appropriate. Topics that she often addresses in the context of a termination (whether voluntary, constructive, or wrongful) or separation include benefits, deferred compensation, early retirement, severance & separation agreements, waivers & releases.
Ms. Sullivan fights to ensure that workers are paid all the compensation they have earned. She represents workers whose employers have violated federal and/or local laws governing minimum wage, overtime, misclassification, exemptions, tips, commissions, prevailing wages, and other kinds of compensation.
Ms. Sullivan advocates for employees who have been illegally retaliated against for reporting misconduct in the workplace, including discrimination and financial wrongdoing. She counsels clients on their options and potential consequences both before and after they complain, whether to their employer or externally, about illegal behavior. She is well-versed in a variety of workplace laws that protect employees against being discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed or otherwise discriminated against for complaining about or reporting certain illegal activity.