Labor & Employment
Tulane Law School, 2000, J.D.
University of Richmond, 1997, B.A., magna cum laude
BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Louisiana Bar Association
Mississippi Bar Association
American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, and Equal Employment Opportunity Committee)
American Bar Association Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP, and DOJ
New Orleans Association of Women Attorneys
New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
SEMINARS / SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
New Orleans Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) Legal Perk - 'Family Responsibility Discrimination: A New Legal Minefield for HR' - New Orleans - February 2013
ABA Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP, and DOJ (Panelist) - 'Professionalism: Becoming a More Effective, Efficient Lawyer' - New Orleans - December 2011
ABA Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP, and DOJ - 'Overview of Louisiana Laws and Recent Legislative Updates' - New Orleans - July 2010
Louisiana Chapter for Association of Corporate Counsel - 'How to do it Right: Workplace Investigations' - New Orleans - November 13, 2009
ABA Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP, and DOJ - 'Effective Workplace Investigations' - New Orleans - July 2009
National Business Institute - 'Fluent Knowledge of and Comfort with Existing Laws' - Lafayette - December 11, 2007
National Business Institute - 'The Latest Employment Law News' - Lafayette - December 11, 2007
Council on Education in Management - 'Ensuring You Are Up to Date: What Proposed Changes and FMLA Interpretations Mean to Your Organization' - Baton Rouge - March 22, 2007
Council on Education in Management - 'Examining Recent Court Cases Interpreting Key FMLA Concepts to Ensure You Stay in Compliance' - Baton Rouge - March 22, 2007
Louisiana SHRM Meeting - 'Legal and Practical Aspects of Personnel Documentation' - Baton Rouge - April 21, 2005
Council on Education in Management - 'Avoiding Headaches in FMLA Administration' - Baton Rouge - June 17, 2003
AWARDS & HONORS:
Tulane Maritime Law Journal - Managing Editor
Phi Beta Kappa - University of Richmond
March 25, 2005 - Louisiana Hospital Association Impact Law Brief - 'Chemical Sensitivities and Your Employees'
Spring 2000 - Tulane Maritime Journal - 'When Crewmembers Sexually Harass or Assault Other Crewmembers: Possible Causes of Action a Seaman Can Bring against Employers and Vessel Owners'
Winter 1998 - Tulane Maritime Journal - 'The Fifth Circuit Provides a Clarification of the Meaning of ˜Delivery under
COGSA and an Understanding of the Proper Determination for ˜Per-Package" Liability: Servicios-Expoarma, C.A. v.
Industrial Maritime Carriers, Inc.'
Ms. Emmett primarily practices in the areas of labor and employment law, and represents management in the full range of issues related to the employment relationship.
Ms. Emmett graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School. During law school, Ms. Emmett served as Managing Editor for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and had several articles published therein.
Ms. Emmett is active in the New Orleans community. Prior to beginning her practice in the employment arena, Ms. Emmett served as law clerk to Justice James W. Smith of the Supreme Court of Mississippi. Ms. Emmett has considerable experience representing nationwide retail employers in all phases of employment litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Ms. Emmett is active in the New Orleans community. She serves as a parent volunteer for St. George’s Episcopal School, is active with the Preservation Resource Center (including serving as Chair of the Holiday Home Tour), and is past Chair of the New Orleans University of Richmond Alumni Association.
Ms. Emmett works with companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies, to small privately held companies. She has extensive experience litigating all types of employment claims in federal and state courts, as well as before the EEOC and state agencies, on behalf of employers arising under Title VII, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, and other federal and state laws. Also, over the years, she has gained considerable experience in handling employment matters appealed to federal appellate courts. In addition, she routinely works with employers drafting and reviewing non-compete and severance agreements and handling litigation related to enforcing such agreements.
In addition to defending employers in litigation, Ms. Emmett regularly counsels managers on day-to-day matters regarding hiring, performance issues, terminations, recordkeeping, and other human resources issues. Ms. Emmett also reviews and drafts employment handbooks and policies.
Recent representative matters include:
- Summary judgment on behalf of large chemical company in a whistleblower case
- Trial verdict for national hotel group in FMLA retaliation case
- Summary judgment on behalf of national auto service company in case involving claims of race, national origin, disability, and FMLA discrimination and retaliation
- Summary judgment on behalf of large medical device company in a breach of contract case
- Obtained dismissal of Title VII claims on behalf of a national milk company
- Represent employers against former employees and competitors in claims of breach of non-competition agreements and unfair competition