Biography

Ms. Bird counsels employers on employment and human resources issues, conducts and assists in investigations, and litigates as necessary in these areas. Her clients range from small, family-owned businesses, hospitals, and higher education institutions to regional based companies with thousands of employees. She represents her clients in proceedings in federal and state courts, and state and federal civil rights agencies, as well as arbitrations and mediations.

Her practice includes:

  • Developing, drafting, and assisting in implementation of employment policies, procedures, handbooks, and contracts;
  • Providing advice on equal employment, hiring, performance management, termination, and leave issues;
  • Conducting workplace training on a variety of topics;
  • Handling and advising on workplace and Title IX investigations and responses to employee and student complaints;
  • Responding to government agency charges, investigations and audits, including by the EEOC, state civil rights agencies, and the OFCCP;
  • Defending management in litigation relating to discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, wrongful discharge, tort, and contract claims;
  • Representing individual officers, directors, and employees who have been sued personally for discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and related tort and contract claims; and
  • Advising clients on labor matters and supporting clients in defending labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and union organizing campaigns.

Employment Counseling and Training
Ms. Bird provides counseling services to help every client create a legally compliant workplace and a more productive and efficient workforce. She advises employers on employment and human resources issues and also trains employees on topics essential to the workplace or their particular positions. For example, Ms. Bird's recent training sessions included a performance management session for a small team of supervisory employees, as well as company-wide anti-harassment training.

Investigations
Ms. Bird conducts investigations into allegations of misconduct involving Title VII, Title IX, and state laws, as well as workplace and student codes of conduct and policies. Over the past year, she has investigated bullying and discrimination allegations as well as human resources compliance issues.

EDUCATION
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)
College of the Holy Cross (B.A.)
University of Virginia (M.A.T.)