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Leslie A. Stout-Tabackman

Fortney & Scott, LLC

Washington, DC, USA


Leslie Stout-Tabackman has a broad-based practice counseling and representing employers on compliance with federal and state workplace laws and regulations and designing and implementing sound employment practices and policies. She has counseled clients on matters involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other wage and hour laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, employment discrimination, non-compete and other employment agreements, employee performance and discipline, and termination of employment. Ms. Stout-Tabackman has extensive experience in conducting effective investigations of workplace claims and grievances, including harassment and other claims employers typically face.  She also regularly handles complex Service Contract Act (SCA) matters for federal contractor employers.

Ms. Stout-Tabackman regularly counsels and represents clients with matters before the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, including FLSA wage and hour issues and wage and benefits issues arising under the SCA. Her wage and hour practice includes advising clients on compliance with the minimum wage and overtime obligations of the FLSA and state wage and hour laws, including classification of positions as exempt or nonexempt, overtime requirements for nonexempt employees, compensation policies for exempt employees, and conducting voluntary FLSA compliance audits.  She regularly represents clients facing DOL FLSA wage and hour audits and SCA wage and benefits audits. Ms. Stout-Tabackman is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on wage and hour law matters, including several events hosted by the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and state-affiliated mortgage brokers’ associations regarding wage and hour compliance in the mortgage industry.  Ms. Stout-Tabackman also regularly writes articles on these topics in trade association publications and the Federal Employment Law Insider, an M. Lee Smith publication.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Stout-Tabackman practiced in Washington, DC with other major firms. While the focus of her practice has been representing employers, she also has experience representing and counseling executive employees on a variety of employment issues, including wrongful termination, discrimination, breach of contract claims, and workplace performance issues. Additionally, she has successfully negotiated numerous settlement agreements on behalf of terminated employees and drafted and reviewed employment contracts for prospective employees.

Ms. Stout-Tabackman has drafted corporate personnel manuals and employment policies and has conducted corporate internal investigations on sensitive employment matters, including sexual harassment charges involving executive personnel.  She also has taken and defended numerous depositions, as well as prepared and presented testimony and argued motions in arbitrations and evidentiary proceedings and represented clients in all phases of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and court proceedings. Ms. Stout-Tabackman has participated as a speaker in employment law seminars and in Equal Employment Opportunity corporate compliance training sessions. 
 
Admitted to Practice:
District of Columbia

Education:
The American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1989) (Editor-In-Chief, American University Law Review) (Outstanding Graduate Award)
Colgate University (B.A., 1981)

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