Why Is Retaliation So Real…And So Scary?

Thursday 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Session Description

Retaliation claims are on the rise – and they are so scary!  This session will cover what you need to know to address these claims.

Learning Objectives

  1. Case law update around retaliation claims
  2. What HR professionals can do to stay out of “hot water”
  3. How to protect your employer from claims


James Paul JD

Jim has extensive experience in handling labor and employment law litigation in federal and state courts, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and several state agencies. He also regularly advises employers on all labor and human resource management issues in an effort to prevent or resolve employee issues before they escalate into legal disputes. As Co-Chair of the firm’s Disability Access practice group, Jim advises clients regarding legal requirements for accommodating disabled individuals and defends Americans with Disabilities and Rehabilitation Act lawsuits nationally.

Prior to his private practice of law, Jim served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ray Price, Jr. of the Missouri Supreme Court and then as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General. As Assistant Attorney General, he represented the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Missouri Division of Labor Standards, and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights by enforcing state discrimination and wage and hour laws. He also worked in Washington, D.C. on legislative issues for the late Missouri Governor Carnahan and has taught Trial Advocacy at Saint Louis University as an Adjunct Professor.

AnnRene Braun

AnnRene Braun is an associate at the firm’s Kansas City office, where she counsels and defends employers in both labor and employment matters. Ms. Braun focuses her practice on defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and breach of restrictive covenant in both state and federal courts. She also represents and advises employers in pre-litigation matters before administrative agencies, and she counsels employers in compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws and regulations.

Ms. Braun attended law school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where she served as the Managing Editor of the UMKC Law Review’s electronic publication. During school, she interned at the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.