Alice A. Kokodis represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus in the financial services industry. She has litigated claims pending in more than fifteen states and appears before FINRA with respect to employment related matters brought against brokerage firms and other financial institutions. Alice also has extensive experience representing hospitality and retail employers.
In servicing her clients, Alice often acts as an extension of their legal and management team. She advises clients at every stage of the employment relationship, ranging from the initial hiring process, to every facet of daily operations, including compensation, performance management issues, and separations. She provides practical advice and recommendations aimed at avoiding litigation, but is a zealous advocate for clients when litigation ensues.
Alice’s litigation experience includes regular appearances before state and federal courts, agencies and arbitral forums on claims related to:
- Discrimination (race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, e.g. sexual orientation)
- Whistleblower and retaliation
- Contract and quasi-contract
- Leaves and accommodations
- Wage and hour
In addition to litigating and arbitrating claims, Alice is on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination approved list for remediation, having graduated from the MCAD Certified Train-the-Trainer Program for Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace. Alice conducts compliance trainings for human resources professionals, executives and employees on state and federal laws related to discrimination, harassment, accommodations and leave laws. In the wake of #MeToo, Alice also provides training to employers on conducting effective and thorough workplace investigations.
Alice is committed to pro bono activities and has dedicated her time as pro bono counsel to a Boston area nonprofit that provides programs and services aimed at preventing suicide. Alice also assists asylum seekers navigate the asylum process through her involvement with the Political Asylum / Immigration Representation Project.