How Katie Helps Clients
Katie Kelly Rudderman counsels employers on how to avoid litigation and defends employers when lawsuits are filed against them. To avoid litigation, Katie assists employers in developing best practices through policies and procedures and advises employers on decisions involving all aspects of employment law, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and other federal, state and local employment laws. She also prepares and updates employment applications and forms, employee handbooks, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and other employment-related documents and agreements. Katie provides training for management and non-managerial employees on identifying, preventing and reporting harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Katie also works with employers to defend against charges of discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, and other claims when filed with governmental agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management, and Florida Commission on Human Relations. She also defends employers in lawsuits filed by current and former employees ranging from allegations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation to allegations of FLSA, FMLA and ADA violations. From analyzing complex legal issues to defending traditional claims of discrimination, Katie seeks to efficiently minimize risk for employers in all aspects of employment law.
What Clients Can Expect
Clients can expect Katie to listen to all relevant pieces of the issue puzzle because she wants to understand the various business, personnel and morale aspects that may be affected. Most issues do not arise in a vacuum, and Katie hopes to understand each employer’s overall needs so that an effective, long-term solution can be reached to minimize overall risk.
Outside the Office
Katie enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Jason, and their new puppy, Holly. In the fall, Katie can always be found cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs’ football team and wearing red and black. Katie loves the beach and visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family.
My hope is that you will never have your deposition taken. But, if you do, I hope to guide you and your company smoothly through the litigation process.
- Defended complex federal wage and hour lawsuits by convincing opposing counsel to voluntarily dismiss the cases.
- Advised employers on complicated Family and Medical Leave Act issues and post-leave obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Defended several whistleblower retaliation lawsuits under the Florida Private Sector Whistleblower Act and argued various defenses based on the industries and positions at issue.
Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 2012
University of Georgia, B.A., 2008, summa cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida