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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2013, Kansas Law Review, Articles Editor; Rice Scholar
    • B.A., University of Kansas, 2009, with highest distinction; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2014
Katharine Sangha is dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals in an efficient and effective manner. Katharine is an associate in the Labor and Employment Department. Katharine works with clients to address and resolve employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and whistleblower claims under state and federal law, before administrative agencies and through litigation. Katharine also works with employers to identify and avoid potential claims, advising clients on navigating the personnel problems Human Resources professionals encounter on a daily basis. Katharine also works with clients to devise effective Employee Handbook policies and procedures and counsels clients on Fair Credit Reporting Act compliance.       

Katharine honed her problem solving and critical thinking skills at the University of Kansas School of Law where she was an articles editor for the Kansas Law Review. In law school, Katharine focused on gaining the knowledge required to more effectively serve as an advocate in the litigation process, earning an Advocacy Certificate. Additionally, Katharine served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge John W. Lungstrum, United States District Court, District of Kansas. Prior to law school, Katharine earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas.
  • Katharine obtained summary judgment in favor of an employer on pre-amendment Missouri Human Rights Act sexually hostile work environment, sex discrimination, and retaliation claims in Jackson County Circuit Court.  All claims were dismissed, saving the client the time and expense associated with preparing for a trial.
  • Katharine represented an employer seeking damages and injunctive relief for a former employee’s violation of non-solicit and non-compete covenants in an arbitration pursuant to the American Arbitration Association’s Employment Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures.  Following the hearing, the arbitrator awarded the employer six figures in damages and entered permanent injunctive relief against the former employee.
  • Katharine worked to enforce an arbitration agreement entered into between all physicians employed by a regional medical group operating medical clinics in Washington state.  The arbitration agreement, challenged as unconscionable, was found valid and enforceable by the Washington Court of Appeals.
  • Katharine obtained a dismissal of claims brought against an employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the federal District of Kansas, avoiding protracted litigation and saving the client employer time and money.
  • Katharine has assisted in obtaining favorable settlements for clients facing employment claims brought under federal and state law, including, but not limited to, claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Missouri Human Rights Act, the Missouri Minimum Wage Law, and the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act.
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Author, Polsinelli at Work Blog
January 18, 2019
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Conducting an Effective Internal Investigation
Presenter; National Business Institute
Lenexa, Kansas
June 20, 2018
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Hot Topics for Human Resources Management
Presenter; Polsinelli PC
St. Joseph, Missouri
May 18, 2018
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Essential Handbook Must-Haves and Updates
Presenter, National Business Institute
February 7, 2018
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Polsinelli at Work Blog
November 7, 2017
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Polsinelli At Work Blog
June 9, 2017
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PolsinelliAtWork.com Blog
January 9, 2017
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Non-Compete, Non-Solicit and Confidentiality Agreements
Presenter, National Business Institute
November 15, 2016
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Responding to EEOC and State Agency Charges
Presenter, National Business Institute
November 15, 2016
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PolsinelliAtWork.com Blog
October 27, 2016