As a program director, Kimberly A. Yates oversees the activities of the FlexTime Attorneys who process agency charges in the Littler CaseSmart – Charges™ model. To this end, she uses Littler developed tools to monitor the handling of agency charges to ensure the firm’s approach to handling charges aligns with the client’s overall philosophy and expectations.
Prior to joining the Littler CaseSmart® Team, Kimberly focused her practice on labor and employment litigation, particularly in the areas of:
- Discrimination and retaliation lawsuits
- Wage and hour collective and class action matters
- Restrictive covenant contracts and non-competes cases
Kim has represented clients across a multitude of industries, and has specific experience with claims arising under:
- The Fair Labor Standards Act and Missouri Wage Laws
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The Missouri Human Rights Act
- Missouri and Illinois state laws governing the employment relationship
She also drafted substantial portions of Missouri's revised Dram Shop law, which was subjected to heavy judicial scrutiny and survived a constitutional challenge.
Additionally, Kim has provided client counseling concerning risk management and compliance with state and federal employment laws. A frequent speaker and lecturer on labor and employment matters, she also has trained executives and management on:
- Wage and hour compliance
- Personnel policies and practices
- Employee discipline and discharge
- Workplace safety
Kim is a member of the core team of the firm's Associates Committee and a member of the Talent Advisory Council.
In law school, Kim was lead articles editor for the Journal of Dispute Resolution. Prior to beginning a career in law, she worked for a global distribution company as a national account manager in its health and beauty care division and as a human resources executive.