Bernadette is a partner at Kollman & Saucier.  She enjoys working with in-house counsel, HR professionals, and business leaders in both the public and private sector to provide counsel on a broad array of employment law issues.

Workplace Complaints Investigator:

Bernadette specializes as an investigator of workplace complaints.  She has significant experience conducting complex and often high-profile investigations for a wide range of employers including hospitals and other healthcare providers, colleges and universities, and government organizations. Her work includes investigation of Title IX complaints, as well as representation of educational institutions for purposes of resolving claims when they arise.

Training Facilitator:

Bernadette facilitates training for employers of all sizes. Described by clients as a “dynamic” presenter who makes “boring human resource material interesting with stories and examples,” Bernadette’s ability to connect with and capture any audience is what sets her trainings apart from others. Her uniquely developed interactive training model is audience-based and promotes learning through analysis of real-life scenarios based on recent case developments. Each training is tailored to meet individual business needs and a targeted audience.

Business Representation:

In addition to conducting investigations and facilitating trainings, Bernadette represents employers on a wide variety of employment matters including:

  • Administrative Proceeding sbefore the EEOC, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Department of Labor, and other governmental agencies;
  • Defense of Employment Discrimination Claims including Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, ADA and State law claims; and
  • Workplace Policy and Form Development including employee handbooks, non-disclosure documents and separation agreements.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bernadette worked as a secondary school English teacher. In 2008, Bernadette returned to the other side of the classroom to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law on a full scholarship.  During that time, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Timothy E. Meredith on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland and participated on UB’s Labor Law Moot Court Team where she discovered a passion for employment law.  Bernadette pursued this interest by working as a clerk at Kollman & Saucier.  She received her J.D. degree magna cum laude and joined the Firm as an attorney immediately upon graduation.

  • Towson University (summa cum laude, 2004)
  • University of Baltimore School of Law (magna cum laude, 2011)
Court Admissions
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Maryland
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Recent Posts

DOL Clarifies Rules for FFCRA Usage Due to Summer Camp Closure
Posted On: 06/30/2020
This past Friday, the DOL issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (No. 2020-4) that clarifies circumstances under which an employee may take leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) due to closure of a summer camp or other program. As a refresher, the FFCRA requires most employers with fewer than 500 employees to offer […]
EEOC Updates COVID-19 Return To Work Q&A, Encourages Employers To Be “Creative And Flexible” With Accommodations
Posted On: 05/06/2020
The EEOC has updated the Return To Work (G.3 & G.5) section of its Q&A Guidance regarding workplace accommodations for individuals deemed high-risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The guidance essentially reminds employers to continue to follow normal interactive processes for identifying reasonable accommodations,  and encourages employers to be “creative and flexible” in their approach to […]
Court Rules U.S. Women’s World Cup Champions Can’t Get More Than They Bargained For, Dismisses Equal Pay Claim
Posted On: 05/05/2020
The U.S. women’s soccer team suffered a rare defeat on Friday when a federal court in California dismissed the team’s claims against the U.S. Soccer Federation alleging wage discrimination based on sex.  You can read the decision here. In support of the women’s equal pay lawsuit filed in March of last year, the team argued […]

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