Overview

Cindy-Ann Thomas has dedicated most of her legal career to providing companies with proactive workforce training and education programs. She designs and presents programs that help companies avoid employment-related litigation, while emphasizing talent retention and development. She also delivers effective, one-on-one executive sensitivity counseling programs. Cindy-Ann has represented, counseled and trained employers in a broad spectrum of industries, including government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, higher education and professional services.

Her defense experience has involved a variety of matters, including:

  • Title VII discrimination and harassment claims
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation

Beyond the traditional practice of law, Cindy-Ann brings a unique skill set to Littler Mendelson as an experienced and certified diversity consultant and facilitator. She holds a facilitator certification in strategic diversity management and a certification in human resources management. She develops and delivers relevant and meaningful, skills-based training services for both leadership members and individual contributors. She also provides diversity and inclusion process consulting services, organizational culture assessments, and strategic executive briefings.

Cindy-Ann is a co-chair of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Services Group. She regularly speaks before professional associations, human resource groups, universities, and industry trade groups throughout the country.  Prior to her legal career, Cindy-Ann was a human resources executive at an international business development corporation, where she addressed many of the legal issues facing the companies she now advises and trains.

*Not licensed to practice law in North Carolina

Professional and Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association

Member

Society of Human Resource Management

Member

American Society for Training and Development

Speaking Engagements

Conducting Legal Investigations: An Interactive Program for Internal Investigators

Littler Mendelson, Greensboro, NC

October 9, 2013

Mean Girls (and Boys): The Workplace Bullying Problem

State Conference - North Carolina SHRM, Winston-Salem, NC

October 1, 2013

From the Range to the Workplace: Bullies on The Job

National Training Conference - National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, San Antonio, TX

April 10, 2013

Getting Beyond Diversity Day: Developing Meaningful (and Legal) Strategies That Support Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012

Where Diversity & Inclusion Meet the Law

Diversity Council of the Carolinas, Charlotte, NC

September 22, 2011

Conducting Lawful Investigations: A Practical Skills Primer for Internal HR Professionals

Ohio Provider Resource Association, Cincinnati, OH

February 10, 2011

Finally: Light At The End of the Tunnel?

Annual Diversity Conference - Society for Human Resource Management, New Orleans, LA

October 11, 2010

Diversity in 2010: New Decade, New Dilemmas

8th Annual Diversity Conference - Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC

May 7, 2010

Conducting Lawful Investigations: A Practical Skills Primer for Internal HR Professionals

National Training Conference - National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, New Orleans, LA

April 10, 2010

When Harry Met Sally – At Work: The Workplace Dating Game

Annual Training Conference - Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Columbus, OH

February 9, 2010

Landmines, Trends and Tools

Charlotte, NC

December 4, 2009

Online Networking: What Every Employer Needs to Know

Charlotte, NC

December 4, 2009

Beyond the Basics: A Mini Boot Camp for Leaders

Fall Training Conference - Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Columbus, OH

October 5, 2009

Breaking the Bond Between Discrimination and Retaliation

Annual Training Conference - Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Columbus, OH

February 6, 2009

Education

  • LL.B., The University of Windsor Faculty of Law, 1996
  • B.A., McGill University, 1989

Languages

  • French

Bar Admission

Ohio
Ontario, Canada

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada