Kamau Coar is a member of the Labor & Employment practice group and a co-leader of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Services industry group. His practice is a hybrid of employment counseling, people strategies execution, and litigation and risk mitigation efforts on the full range of employment and people matters. He also advises DEI matters, including DEI commitments, program design, implantation, data analysis, and DEI policies and practices.
Prior to joining the firm, I served as chief legal officer and chief inclusion officer at a public company, offering the CEO valuable perspective into our strategic objectives and providing enhanced value from legal services and the DEI program.
I advise employers on a variety of labor and employment law subjects, including analyzing, developing, and reviewing employment policies and practices, and the complex federal, state, and local employment laws that govern these issues. I work closely with employers to ensure their employment policies and practices proactively mitigate risks before they occur and to conduct bespoke training sessions for managers and employees at all levels.
I work with employers in navigating the legal risks and requirements related to the execution of their people strategy, from talent acquisition and talent retention to talent development, and DEI issues. When policies are not enough, I work with employers to conduct internal investigations and defend against litigation. My in-house experience helps me partner with clients to combine their legal and business issues.
I work with employers to manage employee, complaints alleged wage-and-hour violations, discrimination, wrongful termination, workplace harassment, disability accommodation, and retaliation complaints and lawsuits. This work ranges from conducting internal investigations to litigation defense.
I also work with clients to advise on employee separation matters, helping to develop and protect their rights regarding trade secrets and other proprietary information, and to enforce post-employment restrictions.
Using my in-house experience, I work to help clients identify, measure, monitor, and mitigate personnel-related risks that could thwart their strategic objectives.
Stiff competition for talent has companies rethinking their approach to people policies, compensation programs, and DEI. Transparency on the impact of DEI and other talent acquisition, development, and retention initiatives will set industry leaders apart.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Duke University School of Law, J.D.
Johns Hopkins University, B.A.
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