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  • Education
    • J.D., cum laude, University of Illinois, 1983, Illinois Law Review (1982-83)
    • B.A., Purdue University, 1977, with distinction
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1984
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2001
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2001
Carol Barnett serves both as a trial lawyer and as a counselor to clients on preventive strategies to avoid employment-related litigation. She has extensive jury trial experience and counsels and litigates on behalf of numerous business and governmental entities on a wide range of employment-related matters, including ADA, FMLA, Title VII, retaliatory discharge, wage and hour issues, and age discrimination. Carol’s defense work includes cases brought in federal and state courts, as well as administrative agency charges. She has successfully handled dispositive motions in employment law and other matters.

Carol has previously worked as an assistant prosecutor for Buchanan County (1986-1991), where she handled a variety of complex criminal matters, ranging from homicide prosecutions to child sex abuse jury trials. She also handled civil cases for the Prosecutor’s Office.

Carol regularly conducts training and seminars on hostile work environment issues and other areas of employment law of interest to businesses and government entities. She also frequently makes presentations to various community groups on legal issues. Prior to attending law school, Carol worked for three years in employee relations/employee communications for Armstrong World Industries, a Fortune 500 company, in its corporate headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • Successful motion to dismiss multi-count employee benefits case under ERISA for a large health care provider.
  • Successful summary judgment motion in favor of public official charged with various First Amendment violations.
  • Successful motion to dismiss a contract claim in state court on behalf of a health care provider, using ERISA preemption argument.
  • Successful motion to dismiss in employee benefits case on behalf of a major health care provider.
  • Successful summary judgment motion in multi-plaintiff employment discrimination matter in federal court on all claims.
  • Successful summary judgment motion on all claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, and retaliatory discharge.

 

Publications & Presentations
Justice Department Asks Court to Halt Proceedings in Overtime Case
December 15, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Regulatory Reform Likely Under Puzder
SHRM Online
December 12, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Congress May Use Review Act to Nullify Overtime Rule
SHRM Online
December 9, 2016
Publications & Presentations
DOL Seeks Expedited Review of Overtime Appeal
SHRM Online
December 6, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Trump Faces Choice on Overtime Appeal
SHRM Online
December 5, 2016
Publications & Presentations
DOL Seeks to Expedite Appeal of Overtime Rule Injunction
SHRM Online
December 1, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Law and Religion: Religion at Work – HRMA of NW Missouri
SHRM Online
November 15, 2016
Publications & Presentations
PolsinelliAtWork.com Blog
September 29, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Wage and Hour Update: Picking Up the Pieces for Compliance by December 1st – Legal Fundamentals (Part II)
SHRM Online
September 16, 2016
Publications & Presentations
Wage and Hour Update: Picking Up the Pieces for Compliance by December 1st – Community Foundation of NW MO, Inc.
SHRM Online
September 12, 2016