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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Minnesota, 2001
    • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1997
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2004
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2005
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2005
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2001
Judy Yi’s labor and employment law practice reflects deep expertise as an employment specialist handling the labor and employment aspects of complex corporate transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions and pre- and post-bankruptcy restructuring. She also regularly represents management in agency investigations and has extensive experience in employment litigation in both state and federal courts. She focuses on managing and minimizing workplace risks associated with multi-state and federal statutory compliance with employment and human resources issues. Judy regularly conducts harassment/discrimination investigations and comprehensive employment/human resources audits, reviewing employment processes, policies and documents for legal compliance.

Judy provides day-to-day counseling on virtually all employment-related laws and regulations involving issues such as employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, disability accommodations, administration of leave requests, wage and hour issues, breach of contract, whistleblower claims, covenants not to compete, personnel policies, management training, protection of confidential and trade secret information, and defamation.
  • Assists clients in preparing employment-related agreements in corporate transactions, such as executive employment agreements, key employee agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, retention agreements, severance agreements, and employee lease agreements.
  • Assists clients with employment considerations related to structuring complex business entities.  
  • Partners with clients in handling difficult employment separations, layoffs, and other significant events related to personnel and human resources.  
  • Assists clients in strategically utilizing and preparing employment-related agreements in pre- and post-bankruptcy restructuring, such as retention agreements, key employee incentive plans, key employee retention plans, severance agreements, and employment agreements.
  • Plaintiff, a former registered nurse for defendant, brought a cause of action against defendant alleging wrongful termination of her employment based on her race, disability and retaliation.  A U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas decisively granted summary judgment in favor of defendant on all counts and dismissed the case. Case was Rasheed v. St. Vincent Health System.
  • Plaintiff, the former Assistant Director of Nursing for defendant, brought a cause of action against defendant alleging wrongful termination of her employment based on her religion. A U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri jury returned a verdict in favor of defendant on all counts. Case was Brown-Schreiner v. United Investors, L.P.
  • Plaintiff, a registered nurse and former employee of defendant, filed suit against defendant alleging whistle blowing retaliation, workers' compensation retaliation, defamation, and breach of implied contract. Defendant obtained summary judgment on four of plaintiff's five claims. Plaintiff's breach of implied contract claim was tried before a U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas jury, which ruled in favor of defendant.  Case was Parker v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc.
  • Jurisdiction in the Western District of Missouri in a FLSA/Collective Action with a favorable settlement resolution. Case was Qualls, et al. v. Sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC.
  • Jurisdiction in the District of Kansas in a race discrimination case with a favorable settlement resolution. Case was Lee v. Life Care Center of America, Inc.
  • Jurisdiction in the District of Kansas in a 42 U.S.C. §1981 race discrimination and retaliation case with a favorable settlement resolution. Case was Young v. University of Kansas Hospital Authority.
  • Jurisdiction in the District of Kansas in a race discrimination case under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. §1981 with a favorable settlement resolution. Case was Kankam v. University of Kansas Hospital Authority.
  • Jurisdiction in the District of Kansas in an Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination and retaliation case with a favorable settlement resolution. Case was Miller v. University of Kansas Hospital Authority.
  • Jurisdiction in Eastern District of Missouri in a tortious interference with a business expectancy, defamation and failure to pay wages case with a favorable settlement resolution. Case was Rieker v. Cunningham Lindsay US, Inc., et al.
  • Jurisdiction in the District of Kansas in an Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination and ERISA violation case with a favorable settlement resolution. Case was Walker v. Global Ground Support, LLC.
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