Katherine Suttle Weinert works with clients on a broad range of employment law issues. She represents clients in employment related disputes, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, enforcement of noncompetition agreements, and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues. Katie has tried several cases to jury verdict and has argued before the 11th Circuit.
In addition to her work handling disputes with employees and governmental regulators, Katie counsels clients on legal issues in the workplace by helping them address issues before disputes arise. She assists clients in addressing wage and hour concerns, structuring internal investigations, developing policies and employee handbooks, and accommodating religious practices, emotional support animals, disabilities, and pregnancy.
Katie regularly supports clients as interim in-house employment counsel. She provides continuity of service while the client backfills an in-house employment role, covers an employee's leave of absence, or otherwise adjust its in-house legal team. She generally becomes embedded with the client for a period of two to nine months, stepping into the shoes of the in-house employment lawyer on a full-time or part-time basis. As a secondee, she partners directly with the client’s human resources, operations, and legal teams for daily advice and support, responds to regulatory agencies and attorney demands, advises on compliance strategies, conducts and advises on investigations, develops policies, supports restructuring initiatives, and manages outside counsel.
Katie has been seconded to a diverse range of clients, including a large multinational technology and logistics company, a nongovernmental organization with a strong international presence, a pre-IPO financial technology company, and a publicly traded specialty apparel retailer. While seconded, she practices as part of the client's employment legal team or serves as the sole in-house employment legal support.
Katie is a member of the firm’s Workplace Violence Prevention Practice Group. She has extensive experience advising and problem-solving with clients regarding potential workplace violence and threats of violence, as well as responding to violence impacting the workplace.
Before joining Littler, Katie’s litigation practice involved commercial disputes, professional malpractice claims, employment law, and regulatory compliance issues.