Karin Anderson is a partner with OKGC and has been with the firm since 2011. Karin has been practicing employment law for over 15 years and has successfully represented both public and private clients in federal and state court, at administrative agency proceedings and at settlement conferences. She focuses her practice on employment law, §1983 civil rights litigation, municipal liability defense, and general tort defense.
Karin has extensive experience with cases involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act. Karin has successfully defended her clients in federal court winning jury trials and summary judgment motions in cases involving these laws. At the state level, Karin recently won her appeal of a case of first impression in the Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District regarding the proper removal of a village police chief from his appointed position.
Karin is the Vice Chair of the Employment Law Committee for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) and has written featured articles for the IDC Quarterly magazine on changes to the FLSA and the impact of legalized marijuana on workplace policies. Karin also prepares employment policies and provides advice to clients on day-to-day employment matters including compliance with the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act, the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and a number of other federal and state laws. Before joining OKGC, Karin operated her own firm and provided consulting and training services for private employers on compliance with anti-discrimination statutes, various leave laws, employment contracts and miscellaneous human resource matters. She also prepared personnel policy manuals for companies with offices in all 50 states.
Karin presents seminars and training sessions on trending employment law topics, such as the impact of legalized marijuana in the workplace, reasonable suspicion training, the new salary thresholds under the FLSA, determining independent contractor status, and provides updates on the concealed carry laws, the FMLA, military leave laws and other new or amended employment laws. Past seminars include effective workplace investigations, retaliation, whistle blowing and the First Amendment, and equal employment opportunity issues.
Before becoming an attorney, Karin worked as a Child Welfare Specialist first with Catholic Charities and then with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. She worked with abused and neglected children in Cook County and helped find safe, permanent homes for the children. While studying and living abroad, Karin volunteered with various social services agencies, helped Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees in Egypt seek political asylum and taught English to Kurdish refugees in Sweden. Currently, Karin speaks and raises funds on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and advocates for children with special needs and their families.