Kate Dittrick has devoted her entire practice to labor and employment issues, with an emphasis in wage and hour matters. Ms. Dittrick’s practice focuses on preventing employment claims by providing advice and counsel to employers on how to avoid lawsuits and administrative charges. Ms. Dittrick provides a variety of training for managers and supervisors on best practices and legal implications of their actions.

Employment claims are often avoided by having well-written and legally compliant policies, handbooks, employment agreements, offer letters, termination letters, and correspondence regarding leaves of absence. Ms. Dittrick drafts such documents and also reviews and revises existing documents.

Ms. Dittrick assists employers in responding to audits from the Department of Labor regarding worker classification, compensation, and leave entitlements. Ms. Dittrick also assists employers in responding to charges of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation from the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A portion of Ms. Dittrick’s practice is also devoted to defending employers in civil actions and addressing noncompete issues between employers and employees. Ms. Dittrick has also helped employers address employee petitions to unionize.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to Super Lawyers (Employment & Labor), 2013-2018

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 2005
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Presentations and Publications

  • Religious Accommodations, Human Resource Association of the Midlands (Omaha, NE, Nov., 29, 2017)
  • The Perilous Intersection of FMLA and ADA, Sterling Educations’ Labor and Employment Law Seminar (Omaha, NE, July 12, 2016)
  • Managing President Obama’s Mandate to Increase Overtime Eligibility, Society for Human Resource Management State Conference (Omaha, NE, September 12, 2014)
  • Handling Administrative Agency Investigations and Audits, 2013 Young Lawyer’s Section Practice Seminar (Lincoln, NE, March 22, 2013)
  • FLSA / Wage and Hour Compliance, Sterling Educations’ Labor and Employment Law Seminar (Lincoln, NE, December 18, 2012)
  • Empowering Your Employees Through Social Media (Omaha, NE, April 17, 2012)
  • Hiring and Firing (Council Bluffs, IA, September 21, 2011)
  • Privacy and Social Media in the Workplace (Sioux City, IA, August 18, 2011)
  • Compensation Issues Under the FLSA / Wage and Hour (Omaha, NE, March 3, 2010)
  • FMLA and CFRA: What the New Regulations Mean for California Employers (San Francisco, CA, Jan. 27, 2009)
  • Ethical Challenges Facing Today’s Human Resources Professional (Santa Rosa, CA, Oct. 25, 2007)
  • 2007 Wage & Hour Update (San Francisco, CA, March 2, 2007)
  • How to Conduct a Background Check, Best Practices Human Resources & Employment Guide, Northern Nevada Business Weekly, February 27, 2006, page B7
  • Protecting the Truly Persecuted: Restructuring the Flawed Asylum System, 39 U.S.F. L. Rev. 549 (2005)
  • Migrant Workers’ Rights to Organize, Human Rights Advocates Article on file with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (2005)

Past Employment

  • Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, San Francisco, CA, 2005-2009, Associate
  • Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center, San Francisco, CA, Fall 2004, Intern
  • Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review, San Francisco, CA, Fall 2003, Intern
  • Siskind, Susser, Haas & Devine, Oakland, CA, Summer 2003, Intern

Other

  • Expertise in the following:
    • Training managers and supervisors on best practices to avoid employment claims
    • Drafting or reviewing and revising handbooks, other written policies, employment agreements, offer letters, termination letters, and correspondence regarding leaves of absence
    • Answering questions or conducting audits regarding worker classification, compensation, and leave entitlements
    • Responding to charges of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation from the NEOC or EEOC
    • Defending employers in civil suits

Admitted

2018

  • United States Supreme Court

2014

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

2006

  • Nebraska

2005

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California

Education

LAW SCHOOL: University of San Francisco, J.D., 2005

COLLEGE: University of Missouri at Columbia, Bachelor of Journalism cum laude, minor degree in Spanish, 2001