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 Proceedings before 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.

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Education
  • 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

EEOC Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccination For Employers
Posted On: 12/18/2020
On December16, 2020, the EEOC issued its first guidance for employers on COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace.  Below is a summary of the question and answer guidance. Is the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine by an employer (or third-party on behalf of an employer) a “medical examination” for purposes of the American with Disabilities Act […]
Governor Hogan Announces Two New Initiatives To Provide Economic Relief For Maryland Businesses
Posted On: 12/16/2020
On December 10, 2020, Maryland Governor Hogan announced two new COVID-19 initiatives to provide economic relief to businesses in Maryland.   Emergency Unemployment Tax Relief For Businesses The first Executive Order No. 20-12-10-01, effectively suspends unemployment tax increases for Maryland businesses for 2021.  The Order, which acknowledges “contributory employers cannot fairly be held responsible for the […]
Montgomery County, Maryland Lowers Bar To Prove Workplace Harassment
Posted On: 10/27/2020
On October 6, 2020, the County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland enacted Bill 14-20, which effectively lowers the standard of proof for workplace harassment cases by rejecting the “severe or pervasive” standard applicable to state and federal claims. The new county legislation defines “harassment” as “verbal, written, or physical conduct, whether or not the conduct […]

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