Bernadette is a partner at Kollman & Saucier.  Her practice focuses on education law and management-side labor and employment law. Bernadette’s clients include colleges and universities, hospitals and health care providers, property management companies, childcare providers, governmental organizations, and a variety of other businesses.  She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Investigator: Bernadette specializes as an investigator of workplace and higher education (student and employee) complaints.  Her work includes investigation of allegations under Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, Section 504, and the ADA.  She also represents educational institutions in the negotiation and resolution of administrative complaints with state and federal agencies, including the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Business Representation: Bernadette represents employers on a wide variety of other labor and employment matters including: 

  • Administrative proceedings before the EEOC, MCCR, U.S. Department of Labor, Maryland 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, employment agreements, and separation agreements.

Training Facilitator: Bernadette facilitates training (virtual and in-person) for employers of all sizes on topics including EEO, Title IX, workplace civility, and investigation skills.

Publications/Presentations:

Bernadette’s recent lectures and publications include:

Prior to getting her law degree, Bernadette worked as a secondary English teacher.  She returned to the other side of the classroom to attend University of Baltimore School of Law on a full merit 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.  She received her J.D. degree magna cum laude and joined K&S as an attorney immediately upon graduation.

Outside of her work resolving “big people” problems, she enjoys coaching youth field hockey and volunteering at her daughter’s school for party planning and other fun stuff.

Contact
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 New Guidance On ADA-Compliant Use of AI For Employment Decision-Making
Posted On: 05/13/2022
For the first time, the EEOC has issued guidance on how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when using artificial intelligence (AI) for employment decision-making. Overall, the Q&A document reiterates familiar principles of ADA law: (1) provide reasonable accommodations for an applicant/employee with a disability; (2) don’t use testing tools that intentionally […]
Delaware Enacts Family and Medical Paid Leave Law
Posted On: 05/11/2022
Yesterday, Delaware became the latest state to pass a law requiring private employers to participate in an insurance program that will provide paid family and medical leave to workers who meet certain eligibility requirements.  The Healthy Delaware Families Act (Act) is similar to Maryland’s recently-passed Time to Care Act, as well as laws in 10 […]
Texas Federal Court Reinstates Trump Independent Contractor Rule
Posted On: 03/19/2022
On September 21, 2020, the Trump administration Department of Labor (DOL) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking related to worker classification. The proposed rule set forth a new test for determining a worker’s status as an independent contractor or an employee. The changes overall would have made it easier for businesses to classify workers as […]

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