Wood, Kathryn S.

Education

University of Michigan

B.G.S., 1990

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., 1995

Kathryn S. Wood

Member

Prominent Assignments

Employment Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation/Whistleblower Claims:

  • Represented Clients in single and multi-plaintiff actions alleging violations of federal and state civil rights laws, at both trial court and appellate level.
  • Successful defense of public institution on 14th Amendment and 1981 claims involving rights of privacy (obtained Sixth Circuit opinion, on issue of first impression, affirming summary judgment).
  • Successful defense of attempted class actions (each resulting in denial of class certification).
  • MDCR and EEOC claim defense, including position statements, mediation and conciliation.
  • Extensive experience regarding joint-employer obligations and liabilities.

Employment Counseling and Litigation Prevention on issues including:

  • Document/personnel file retention and production issues
  • FMLA
  • Discipline and termination issues;
  • ADA/ disability accommodation obligations;
  • Email and internet policies and privacy rights;
  • Pre-employment and employee drug testing;
  • Enforceability of arbitration clauses in employment agreements; and
  • Enforceability of contractually limited statute of limitations period.

Experience in conducting harassment/discrimination investigations.

Defamation Claims:

  • Represented numerous clients in prosecuting and defending defamation claims.
  • Obtained numerous retractions of defamatory statements prior to commencement of litigation, including an internationally disseminated retraction from Reuters.
  • Experience in prosecuting "John Doe" actions, where defamatory material is posted anonymously on internet chat room sites.

Representative Clients

  • AT&T Inc.
  • DuPont
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Magna Powertrain, Inc.
  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Target Stores

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association (Section of Labor and Employment Law, Equal Opportunity Committee)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Community Involvement

  • VIP Mentoring, Trustee (2003-present)
  • Franklin Community Preschool, Board Member (1999-2000)
  • University of Michigan Student Funded Fellowship, Board Member (1994-95)

Publications/Presentations

  • Employment Litigation in Michigan, Second Edition (ICLE), Chapter Author, "Discrimination Claims"
  • Michigan Business Torts (ICLE), Contributing Chapter Author, "Defamation"
  • Employment Litigation in Michigan, First Edition (ICLE), Chapter Author, "Title VII and Related ELCRA Claims"
  • Inside the Minds -- Employment Discrimination Lawsuits, Chapter Author, "Effective Employer Strategies in Employment Discrimination Litigation", Aspatore Books, 2008
  • Employment Discrimination Law, Fourth Edition (ABA), Contributing Chapter Author, "Unions"
  • Labor and Employment Lawnotes, Volume 17.N.2 "The New Wave in Employment Litigation: Family Responsibilities Discrimination".