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.

  • 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

Md. General Assembly Approves Legislation Extending Time To File Charges of Discrimination And Expanding Reporting Requirements For Local Agencies
Posted On: 04/16/2021
The Maryland General Assembly has approved legislation aimed at expanding workplace discrimination rights and identifying trends in workplace discrimination complaints  to recommend changes in policy.  The bills, which now head to Governor Hogan for review, are summarized below. Employment Discrimination- Time For Filing Complaints HB290/SB455 amends Maryland’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) to extend the […]
DOL Reverses Policy Limits On Liquidated Damages For Wage Violations In Pre-Litigation Settlements
Posted On: 04/12/2021
On April 9, 2021, the Department of Labor issued revised guidance on the agency’s use of liquidated damages to settle wage violations, rescinding limits imposed by the Trump administration less than a year ago. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers who violate certain provisions of the Act pertaining to minimum wage, overtime, and […]
Maryland Federal Court Rules Transgender TGI Friday’s Cook Can Proceed To Trial On Bias Claims
Posted On: 02/19/2021
Though Maryland workers have been protected from gender identity discrimination under State law since 2014, it wasn’t until last year that the Supreme Court made clear employees are protected under federal law too.  You can read about the landmark Title VII decision, Bostock v. Clayton County, No 17-1618 (U.S. June 15, 2020), here. A recent […]

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