Employment attorney Julie Reddig helps employers build and maintain productive workplaces by navigating the many federal, state, and local laws protecting employees in the workforce. She counsels management on avoiding and defending against employment claims before administrative agencies and local, state, and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Julie’s clients represent a cross-section of the Washington, DC region’s employers, with a mix of blue and white collar environments, particularly in construction and related companies, transportation, property management, professional services, and consulting firms. Many of these are government contractors.
Julie counsels and trains executives, HR professionals, and front-line managers on compliance with employment statutes and regulations. This includes best practices for hiring and firing, preventing harassment claims, compliance with wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), laws that protect ill, injured or disabled employees, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or state or local laws, and laws specific to the wage and affirmative action obligations of government contractors. In addition, she helps contractors and subcontractors on public works projects to comply with prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act.
When claims arise, Julie vigorously defends employers against discrimination and wage hour claims and investigations before various governmental agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, the DC Office of Human Rights, the U.S. Department of Labor, the DC Department of Employment Services, and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Julie also advises employers in matters involving union organization of an employer’s workforce and unfair labor practice charges filed under the National Labor Relations Act.
A native of south central Pennsylvania, Julie loves epicurean expeditions with her husband in their own kitchen, trying out new recipes on their young daughter and son. Julie is a member of the Junior League of Washington and Westmoreland Congregational UCC, where she enjoys teaching church school.
Judicial intern for the Honorable Richard D. Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Listed as "Rising Star" in Employment & Labor Law by Maryland Super Lawyers (2011-present)
Listed as "Rising Star" in Employment & Labor Law by Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2013-present)
The U.S. Department of Labor alleged that one of our government contracting clients had not paid its workers the wages mandated under the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia contracts to pay the local prevailing wage for the type of work being performed.
We helped our client to identify the work that was performed on the project and to explain to the DOL investigator why the classifications listed in the applicable wage determination did not apply to this work. We assisted our client to prepare and submit a conformance request to DOL to obtain wage and fringe benefit rates that was appropriate for the work that our client performed. Not only were these rates more in line with the prevailing wage rates for this type of work in the area, they were also substantially lower than the rates the DOL investigator had initially selected. We then assembled a complete package that documented all wages paid and fringe benefits (health insurance, paid leave, vehicle and cell phone allowances) provided by our client to its workers on this project. By including the fringe benefits we were able to further reduce the amount of back pay owed by the client to its workers.
We negotiated an agreement between our client and the DOL on back wages that was more than a 90% reduction from the original back wages demand made by DOL.