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Barbara Brainard practices in all areas of employment law with an emphasis on Disability Discrimination and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Compliance. Barbara represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment law, including class actions, wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, Sarbanes-Oxley and OSHA whistleblower charges, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs systemic cases and affirmative action compliance reviews, and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and Washington Labor and Industries Department of Labor wage/hour compliance agencies.
Barbara's clients include Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, retailers, technology companies, forest products companies, construction and supply defense contractors and subcontractors, hospital and health care institutions, agricultural companies and educational institutions.
Barbara employs a pro-active and business-oriented approach to reducing or eliminating her clients' risk of employment litigation. In each case, Barbara begins with a careful exploration of her client's business objectives, and her strategies emphasize preventative counseling, early settlement, and mediation planning.
Barbara has been named one of Oregon's top labor and employment lawyers by Chambers USA. In 2011, Chambers noted, "she really works with the client and helps to guide them towards good solutions." In 2010, Chambers said sources consider her "a hardworking attorney who dispenses sound advice." In 2009, they noted clients acknowledge "her great presence at hearings where she's always well prepared and respected." In 2006, Chambers she has "outstanding consulting skills . . . personable nature and thorough, flexible and professional approach."
Prior to entering private practice, Barbara was a Special Assistant Attorney General and lead trial counsel at SAIF Corporation from 1980-1987.
For more than 30 years, Barbara has served as a frequent local and national lecturer on employment law issues at national client retreats, professional seminars, academic symposia, and college and university classes. Recent examples include: