Frances M. Haas is a shareholder in the firm's Labor and Employment Department and handles various matters for employers and institutions of higher education. Her employment practice involves litigation on behalf of management in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in the following areas: discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, sex, age, national origin, disability, and veteran status; Family and Medical Leave Act; Equal Pay Act; wrongful termination; OSHA; and unemployment. Fran also advises clients on various wage and hour issues, drug-testing, employee separations, employment handbooks, leave issues, employment agreements, and severance agreements.
Fran's higher education practice includes representation in matters involving Title IX, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. Fran reviews internal policies related to faculty governance, student conduct, and Title IX investigations. She also provides advice on a variety of other risk management areas, including compliance, governance, and investigations by the Office of Civil Rights.
Fran speaks at various seminars and CLEs on a variety of employment-related topics. She is a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the Northern District of Iowa and was appointed to the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.