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Kara M. Maciel

Kara M. Maciel is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national Labor and Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice on representing employers in all aspects of the employment relationship.

Ms. Maciel works to create workplace solutions for her clients across all industries. She defends employers in litigation at both the federal and state levels, including matters related to the ADA, FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, and affirmative action/OFCCP regulations. She advises clients regarding the protection of trade secrets and the misappropriation of confidential or proprietary information, both defending employers and pursuing enforcement against former employees. When relevant, Ms. Maciel provides advice and counsel to unionized and non-unionized workplaces regarding the employer’s rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

Ms. Maciel also represents senior executives and managers in review and negotiation of executive contracts at the outset of the employment relationship as well as advising in disputes that can arise at the end of the employment relationship, including severance pay and benefits, change in control benefits, covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements, indemnification agreements, and trade secrets.  Ms. Maciel also has advised employees and companies on allegations of whistleblowing under the OSH Act, False Claims Act, and other whistleblowing protections.

Being located in Washington, D.C., Ms. Maciel provides a unique perspective to international and multinational corporations on doing business in the United States from a federal statutory and regulatory perspective as well as compliance with the myriad of state and local business requirements.  Ms. Maciel is a member of IR Global in the Employment Law Group.  IR Global is a multi-disciplinary professional services network that provides advice to companies and individuals across 155+ jurisdictions.

Ms. Maciel pays special attention to the issues facing companies in the hospitality (including hotel owners and managers, resorts, restaurants, spas, country clubs, golf clubs, and fitness clubs); retail; grocery; food and dairy distribution; healthcare; trade association; and non-profit sectors.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Ms. Maciel is a popular speaker at conferences and events across the country and writes extensively on issues related to ADA accessibility, wage-hour compliance, ACA strategies, prevention of harassment and discrimination, tip credit/tip pools/service charge compliance, effective employment policies and procedures, developing a compliant employee handbook, effective strategies for labor relations, and managing a unionized workforce. Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, she served as Chair of the Hospitality Employment and Labor Law Outreach Practice at an Am Law 200 firm.

Ms. Maciel received a 2014 Burton Award for Legal Writing for coauthoring the article “For Employers with High Turnover and Large Numbers of Seasonal Workers, the ACA Creates Unique Compliance Issues.” Ms. Maciel was also recommended in the Labor-Management Relations category of The Legal 500 United States (2013) and selected for inclusion in Washington, DC Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Ms. Maciel lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two young children.

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