Overview

About Caroline

Caroline represents companies in employment lawsuits and has experience defending everything from complex wage & hour class actions to sensitive sexual harassment claims. She is an experienced trial attorney and former public defender who looks at the big picture and knows when to aggressively litigate and when to make a case quickly go away.

Clients also rely on Caroline for their day-to-day business needs, be it hiring a new executive, terminating a long-term employee, or training managers on the latest employment laws and trends.

Caroline is an enthusiastic and hands-on lawyer who thoroughly enjoys helping her clients through their workplace needs.

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Experience

Experience

Employment Litigation

  • Represented timber client in sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former employee and obtained a nominal damages verdict following federal jury trial.
  • Represented timber client in federal age discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee and obtained summary judgment, resulting in complete dismissal of plaintiff’s claims.
  • Represented healthcare client in sexual orientation and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a current employee and obtained complete dismissal after taking employee’s deposition and obtaining favorable admissions.
  • Represented client in wage and hour case brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and successfully defeated plaintiff’s motion for collective action certification.

Advice & Counsel

  • Successfully defended numerous charges filed with the EEOC, BOLI, and other state agencies against employers in various industries, including healthcare, timber, grocery, and technology.
  • Regularly counsels management on issues related to pay equity, family medical leave, sick leave, and disability law.
  • Regularly conducts management training on sexual harassment, disability accommodations, workplace investigations, leave laws, and equal pay/ pay equity.
  • Regularly provides guidance on employment-related aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, including wage and hour issues.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Member, Oregon State Bar, Labor & Employment Section
  • Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Employment Litigation: Defense), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2018–2019

Civic Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Pathfinders of Oregon
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Regularly contributes to the Stoel Rives World of Employment blog
  • Presenter, “Taming the COVID-19 Chaos: What Employers Need to Know Part 6” Stoel Rives LLP webinar, April 2020
  • Presenter, “Reasonable Accommodations,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2020
  • Presenter, “Preventing Workplace Harassment & Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations,” Client Presentation, Sept. 2019
  • Presenter, “Drug Testing and New Employment Laws for 2020,” Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association’s Winter Workshop, Jan. 2020
  • Presenter, “The Bermuda Triangle of Leave Laws,” Lower Columbia Human Resource Management Association, May 2019
  • Presenter, “Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 17th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2019
  • Co-author, “Ten Things Oregon Employers Should Do Regarding Pay Equity,” Portland Business Journal, Jan. 2019
  • Presenter, “Labor & Employment Seminar – Oregon’s Pay Equity Law: It’s Here – Are You Ready?,” Stoel Rives LLP, Jan. 2019
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Updates,” Agricultural Law, The Seminar Group, July 2018
  • Presenter, “Understanding, Implementing, & Monitoring The 2017 Equal Pay Act,” Labor and Employment Relations Association, June 2018
  • Presenter, “Lightning Round: Staying Anchored with Your Top 10 Legal Updates,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2018
  • Presenter, “The Bermuda Triangle of FMLA, ADA, and Sick Leave,” SHRM/Stoel Rives 16th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Feb. 2018
  • Presenter, “A Jigsaw Puzzle of Leave Laws,” client presentation, May 2017
  • Presenter, “Working with Veterans: From Recruitment to Employment,” Oregon Southwest Washington Industry Liaison Group, March 2017
  • Presenter, “Oregon Sick Leave,” SHRM/ Stoel Rives 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2017
  • Presenter, “Legal Updates,” SHRM/ Stoel Rives 15th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2017
  • Presenter, “Privacy in the Workplace; Handling Employee Medical Information and Personal Data,” Stoel Rives Seminar, April 2016
  • Presenter, “Best Practices in Hiring/ Onboarding New Employees,” SHRM/ Stoel Rives 14th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, March 2016
  • Co-author, “Looking Beyond Marriage Equality: Expanding LGBT Workplace Protections,” Oregon Civil Rights Newsletter, Dec. 2015



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