Christie Pazdzierski dedicates her practice to employment litigation and counseling. She has represented employers in a wide range of matters, in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and before federal, state, and administrative agencies. She has handled matters involving employment discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and their state counterparts; claims of whistleblower retaliation under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act; and litigation of restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, including claims under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Defend Trade Secrets Act. She has defended against equal pay act claims, as well as employment-related torts, contracts, and civil rights claims.
Christie’s employment litigation experience includes managing cases from inception to resolution, including trial and appellate proceedings. She has successfully obtained pre-trial dismissals in numerous matters at the motion to dismiss and summary judgment stages. In her trial practice, Christie recently obtained a directed verdict in favor of her client in a whistleblower retaliation claim. In her appellate practice, she successfully obtained reversal of a multimillion dollar jury verdict that was awarded to a former employee of a state prison in a whistleblower lawsuit.
Christie advises clients on personnel decisions, performance management, accommodation requests and leaves of absence, workplace investigations, as well as other legal compliance issues. She has also conducted employee and supervisor training.
Christie also regularly counsels and represents clients on contingent workforce issues, including the implementation of workforce design, drafting and revising independent contractor agreements, providing legal exposure assessments and audits of existing staffing and contingent worker relationships.
Prior to joining Littler, Christie served as a law clerk to Judge Kevin McNulty, U.S.D.J., for the District of New Jersey where she assisted with complex civil matters, including employment litigation cases. Immediately after law school, Christie served as a law clerk for Associate Supreme Court Justice Anne Patterson of the New Jersey Supreme Court.