Christy’s practice focuses on employment law and regulatory compliance.

Christy’s work focuses on affirmative action work and audit defense before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She also has substantial experience with employment litigation in federal and state courts, administrative practice before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and advice to business management and in-house counsel on a full range of employment issues. Christy enjoys conducting management and supervisor training on a wide range of legal and practical employment issues. She is a contributing author to the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives blog.

Christy is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Relevant Experience

  • Has extensive nationwide experience defending audits by the Department of Labor-Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
  • Advises on a wide range of regulatory requirements and developments related to affirmative action and the OFCCP.
  • Prepares Affirmative Action Plans and conducts detailed pay analyses for companies of all sizes and structures.
  • Has substantial experience representing employers in connection with discrimination, harassment, denial-of-benefits, defamation, wrongful discharge and other claims in state and federal courts, including appeals.
  • Has litigated cases under all major federal employment statutes, including: Title VII, Section 1981, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, USERRA and ERISA.
  • Representative Decisions:

    Ruff v. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., 2:16-cv-525 (E.D.Va. Dec. 29, 2016) (obtained pre-discovery Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal with prejudice of claims of race discrimination, religious discrimination and failure-to-accommodate, and retaliation); Hickey v. Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Record No. 15072 (Va. Oct. 29, 2015) (obtained denial of plaintiff/appellant’s petition for appeal and petition for rehearing); Va. Cir. CL13-3603, (Chesterfield Feb. 13, 2015) (obtained pre-discovery dismissal of state law military discrimination claim on demurrer); Va. Cir. CL14-1794 (Chesterfield) (Feb. 13, 2015) (obtained pre-discovery dismissal of declaratory judgment action via plea in bar)Fletcher v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. et al., No. 3:09cv284, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63094 (E.D.Va. July 14, 2009) (obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of all claims prior to discovery, including race and gender discrimination and retaliation); Alarie v. Alcoa Inc. and Broadspire Services, Inc., No. 06-4111 (D. S.D. Oct. 24, 2007) (obtained dismissal of ERISA denial-of-benefits action on summary judgment); Elamon v. Red Robin International, Inc., No. 2:06cv202, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74375 (E.D. Va. Sept. 29, 2006) (obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of all claims by terminated employee including tortious discharge, defamation, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, and abuse of process); Guglietta v. Meredith Corp., 301 F. Supp. 2d 209 (D. Conn. 2004) (obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of claims of age, pregnancy and gender / family responsibility discrimination); Union of Needles Trades, Industrial and Textile Employees v. Jones, 603 S.E.2d 920, 268 Va. 512 (2004) (obtained reversal of a $300,000 jury award in a state-law defamation action and secured final judgment for the employer).

  • Defends charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and comparable state agencies.
  • Advises employers on a wide range of legal and practical employment issues.
  • Assists companies and executives in drafting, negotiating and analyzing employment contracts, severance contracts and noncompete agreements.
  • Member of Hunton & Williams’ Electronic Discovery Team, which provides advice to clients on e-discovery issues.
  • Pro Bono: Women's Advocacy Project. Represents victims of domestic violence in connection with protective orders, child custody and visitation, and child and spousal support.
  • Pro Bono: Central Virginia Legal Aid Hotline. Advises low-income clients regarding employment, housing, creditors rights and domestic violence issues.
  • Pro Bono: Church Hill Pro Bono Office. Assists low-income clients with divorce, annulment and adoption proceedings.
  • Member of Hunton & Williams’ Pro Bono Committee, Richmond office.

Memberships

  • Admitted, Virginia State Bar, US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Faculty, The Institute for Workplace Equality (formerly the OFCCP Institute), 2016-
  • Member, Richmond Industry Liaison Group (RILG)
  • Member, Virginia State Bar Council (2013-)
  • Faculty member, Virginia State Bar Professionalism Course (2016-2019)
  • Past President, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2011-2012)
  • Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2006-2013)
  • Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (2007-2013; 2015-)
  • John Marshall Inn of Court (Executive Committee, 2009-2016); (Member, 2004-2016)
  • Board of Directors, Virginia Legal Services Corporation (2008-2010)

Awards & Recognition

  • “Virginia Super Lawyer,” Employment Law, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40,” 2015
  • “Virginia Rising Star Super Lawyer,” Employment and Labor Law / Government Contracts, Virginia Super Lawyers, 2007-2013
  • E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2003-2017
  • Virginia Legal Elite, 2012 (Young Lawyers: Under 40)
  • American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service, 2007
  • 2006 Young Lawyer of the Year, Virginia State Bar (R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award)
  • Outstanding Service Award, Young Lawyers’ Conference of the Virginia State Bar, 2004-2006

Insights

  • Events

    • Speaker, Overview of the OFCCP’s New Sex Discrimination Rule, and Adverse Impact Analysis and the Internet Applicant Rule, Fall Compliance Conference, The OFCCP Institute, November 9-10, 2016
    • Presenter, Government Reporting Under The New Blacklisting Order, Webinar, October 5, 2016
    • Guest Speaker, Sex discrimination regulations: What federal contractors need to know, webinar, The OFCCP Institute, August 15, 2016
    • Speaker, Cutting-Edge Personnel Policies, 25th Annual Employment Law Update, Virginia CLE, May 5 and 12, 2016
    • Panelist, Employment Law Panel, HR & Benefits Conference, Virginia Bankers Association, April 2016
    • Co-presenter, The “Blacklisting” Order for Federal Contractors: What You Need To Know Now, Hunton & Williams Webinar, February 2016
    • Speaker, Systemic Discrimination Under the EEOC and OFCCP: What Employers Need to Know Now, Webinar, December 2015
    • Co-presenter, The “Blacklisting” Order for Federal Contractors: What You Need To Know Now, American Hotel & Lodging Association Labor Relations Council, New York City, November 10, 2015
    • Speaker, Workplace Conflicts, 2015 HR & Benefits Conference - Virginia Bankers Association, April 2015
    • Speaker, Pay Equity Under The Obama Administration: What Do The Latest Executive Actions Mean For Your Company?, Webinar, May 2014
    • Speaker, Implementing the New OFCCP Veteran and Disabled Regulations, Virginia Bankers Association, February 2014
    • Creator and Presenter, OFCCP Workshop: Everything You Need To Be Compliant in 2014, February 2014
    • Speaker, Pay Equity: Regulation, Enforcement and Litigation by the EEOC and OFCCP, The Virginia Bar Association’s 43rd Annual Conference of Labor Relations and Employment Law, October 2013
    • Speaker, How HR Managers Can Avoid the Dangers of Social Networks, peoplefluent™ Webinar, October 2012
    • Speaker, The Dangers of Social Media: How Employers Can Avoid the Pitfalls of Social Networks and Still Harness their Power, presented at Triangle Industry Liaison Group, Raleigh, NC, November 2011; peoplefluent™ Webinar, October 2011; 29th Annual ILG National Conference, New Orleans, LA, July 2011; Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA) Webinar, June 2010
    • Speaker, Government Contractors and Other Recipients of Government Funds — Do They Know What They're Getting Into?, The Virginia Bar Association's 39th Annual Conference of Labor Relations and Employment Law, October 2009
    • Speaker, Employee Misconduct: Conducting Investigations, Employee Surveillance / Monitoring, and Off-Duty Issues, Sterling Education Seminar, March 2005

    Publications

    • Author, OFCCP Publishes New Rules For Veterans/Disabled, Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives, September 2013
    • Author, Suit By Gay Worker Shows Modern Trends: “Cat’s Paw” Liability And “Gender Stereotype” Discrimination, Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives, August 2012
    • Author, Even In Down Economy, Plaintiff Not Required To Retrain To Mitigate Job Loss, One Court Rules, Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives, August 2011
    • Author, Employee Texting While Driving May Lead To Employer Fines, Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives, April 2011
    • Author, New Notice and Posting Obligations for Federal Contractors, Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives, June 2010
    • Author, How can employers manage workplace romances?, Richmond Magazine, January 2007
    • Co-author, Model Employee Policies and Forms for Virginia Employers and How to Use Them, Virginia Legal Reference Series, 2006

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