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Jennifer L. Sabourin

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Employment and Labor Deputy Group Leader

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Education

Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1999

University of Michigan-Dearborn, B.A. 1995

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan

Jennifer Sabourin advocates on behalf of employers in every step of the employment relationship. She makes it a priority to learn her clients' business in order to find the right balance of advice and counsel that allows them to meet their business needs, while also remaining compliant with state and federal employment laws. Jennifer defends employers in litigation and agency matters across the country.

She is experienced in providing national training for hourly, management, and executive-level employees; drafting employee handbooks, policies and contracts; and investigating claims of workplace discrimination, harassment, and violence. Jennifer further counsels her clients on best practices in maintaining proactive employee relationships, including hiring, evaluating, disciplining, and terminating employees. She represents employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and violations of wage and hour matters pending in state and federal courts, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and various state employment agencies.

Representative Matters

Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2012-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employment Litigation: Defense, 2014-present; Rising Star 2008-2013

BTI Client Service All-Star, 2017

DBusiness Magazine, Top Young Lawyers, 2013

Wayne State University Law School, Wayne Law Review, Production Editor, 1998-99; Assistant Editor, 1997-98

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
•Council, Management Member, Aug. 2017-present
•Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Planning Committee Member, 2010-present
•Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Committee Management Co-Chair, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2018
•Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Committee Management Program Co-Chair, 2014-2015
•National Programming Subcommittee, Employer Vice-Chair, 2012-2014
•ABA 8th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference, Los Angeles, CA, Workplace Problems & Solutions Track Coordinator, 2013-2014
•ABA 7th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, LA, Litigation Track Coordinator, 2012-2013
•Fundamentals Track Coordinator, ABA 6th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference, Atlanta, GA, 2011-2012
•Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Planning Committee for National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, San Francisco, CA 2011-2012
•Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Marketing Liaison to the Labor and Employment Law Section, 2011
•Litigation Track Coordinator, ABA 5th Annual Section of Labor & Employment Law Conference, Seattle, WA, 2010-2011
•Planning Committee for National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, New Orleans, LA 2010-2011
•Member, Leadership Development Program, 2010-11
•Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Employer Co-Chair of Outreach Sub-Committee, 2010
•Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Employer Co-Chair of Mentoring Sub-Committee, 2009

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter

State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

American Employment Law Council, 2010-present

Leadership Detroit, Class XXVII, 2005-2006

Dearborn Bar Association, President, 2003-2004; Vice President, 2002-03; Treasurer, 2001-02; 2001 Law Day Chairperson

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Alumni Affiliate Board, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, 1999-2010

Boll Family YMCA, Downtown Detroit, Board of Advisors 2004-09

Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, Board of Directors 1999-2004

Speeches

"Ethics for Management Counsel," American Employment Law Council Conference, West Palm Beach, October 13, 2018

"The #MeToo Movement, What Should An Employer Do," HR Spring Training:  Miller Canfield's 2018 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, May 11, 2018

"Utilizing Internal Investigations to Implement Organizational Change," Labor and Employment Law Institute, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, Michigan, April 21, 2018

"What's Happening In Washington: The Agendas of the DOL and EEOC," HR Spring Training: Miller Canfield's 2017 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, May 9, 2017

"Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Workplace," HR Spring Training: Miller Canfield's 2016 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, May 10, 2016

"ADA Accommodation Workshop," Labor and Employment Law Institute, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, MI, April 8, 2015

"Hiring and Firing Under the EEOC's Current Agenda," HR Spring Training: Miller Canfield's 2015 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, May 12, 2015

"Legal Issues and Safeguards Associated with Performance Evaluation Programs," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 6, 2014

"Anatomy of a Discrimination Lawsuit: From Internal Complaint to the Filing of a Lawsuit or Charge," HR Spring Training: Miller Canfield's 2014 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, May 13, 2014

"Anatomy of a Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit," Labor and Employment Law Institute, Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, MI, April 11, 2014

"Arbitration: A Universal Remedy," American Bar Association National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Rancho Mirage, CA, March 27, 2014

"Employment Discrimination Under Title VII: The Basics," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Webinar, February 26, 2014

"Workplace Investigations: Getting to the Bottom of Complex Matters Without Falling Into a Trap, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 9, 2013

"The Employment Law Relationship: Making Sound Legal Decisions," Credit Union Women's Executive Network ("CUWEN") Meeting, Southfield, MI, May 21, 2013

"Both Sides Want Out! Top Tips For Negotiating Enforceable Settlement Agreements," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, 6th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2, 2012 

"Bullying & Respect in the Workplace: Taking Your Anti-Harassment Policies and Training to the Next Level," HR Spring Training: Miller Canfield's 2012 Labor & Employment Law Seminars, Kalamazoo, MI, April 2012 and Troy, MI, May 2012

"Objection! Demonstrations on When and How to Object," American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment, 5th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, November 9, 2011

"Wage and Hour Audit: Employer Best Practices and What to Do if Faced with Such an Audit," HR Spring Training: Miller Canfield's 2011 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, May 12, 2011 

"Labor & Employment Breakout Session," Crain's General and In-House Counsel Summit, Novi, MI, May 3, 2011 

"The Leaves Have Changed: The Growing Need for Time Off for Military-Related Needs and Family Responsibilities," American Bar Association National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, San Antonio, TX, March 26, 2010 

"Employee Handbooks and Personnel Policies," Miller Canfield Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, October 29, 2009 

"The Role of Witness Statements in Corporate Investigations," Miller Canfield Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, October 23, 2008 

"Sex-Based Harassment: Workplace Policies for the Legal Profession," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 11, 2007 

"Shielding your Organization from Liability in Failing to Make Reasonable Accommodations," Council on Education in Management, Dearborn, MI, December 8, 2006

"Harassment in the Workplace,"  Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Novi, MI, April 27, 2006 

"How to Respond to Complaints of Workplace Harassment," Miller Canfield Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, October 20, 2005

"From Hiring to Firing: Making Sound Legal Decisions," Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Novi, MI, October 13, 2005

"Employee Discipline & Termination," Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Novi, MI, April 28, 2005

"Interviewing and Hiring," Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Novi, MI, March 3, 2005

"Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation: How to Prevent Religious, Ethnic, Racial, and Other Claims," Miller Canfield Labor & Employment Law Seminar, Troy, MI, October 29, 2003

Publications

"Workplace Violence" (Chapter Co-Author), Employment Law for Michigan Employers, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 2018 Update and 3rd Edition (2017)

"Workplace Harassment Claims" (Chapter Co-Author), Employment Litigation in Michigan, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 2017 Update, 2016 Update, and 3rd Edition (2015)

"Appraising the Performance Appraisal System," American Management Association's AMA Quarterly, Winter 2016-17

"Pre-Hire Employment Practices" (Chapter Author), Michigan Chamber Employment Law Handbook (2016 and 2015 Editions)

"Disability" (Chapter Co-Monitor), Employment Discrimination Law, 5th Edition (2013)

"Hiring" (Chapter Co-Monitor), Employment Discrimination Law, 4th Edition, 2nd Supplement (2009) and 3rd Supplement (2010)

"Discrimination and Harassment" (Chapter Author), Michigan Chamber Employment Law Handbook (2007 and 2005 Editions)

"Miscellaneous Employment Laws" (Chapter Author), Michigan Chamber Employment Law Handbook (2006 Edition)

"Emerging FLSA Trends" (Co-Author), Michigan Bar Journal, January 2005

"2003 Annual Survey of Michigan Law: Professional Responsibility," 50 Wayne Law Review 699 (2004)

"2002 Annual Survey of Michigan Law: Professional Responsibility," 49 Wayne Law Review 575 (2003)

"2001 Annual Survey of Michigan Law: Professional Responsibility," 48 Wayne Law Review 785 (2002)

"Parental Rights Amendments: Will a Statutory Right to Parent Force Children to 'Shed Their Constitutional Rights' at the Schoolhouse Door?", 44 Wayne Law Review 1899 (1999)

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