Julie A. Moore, Employment Law Attorney
Julie is an employment attorney and Human Resources consultant. She specializes in workplace investigations, training on harassment prevention and other issues, policy development and drafting employee handbooks, counseling on employer-employee issues, and providing expert witness testimony on workplace issues. She also works with educational institutions on Title IX compliance and investigating sexual misconduct complaints.
Areas of Specialization
The majority of Julie’s work is as an independent factfinder, where she conducts investigations into alleged harassment and other forms of misconduct. She has conducted over 150+ investigations and has also acted as legal counsel to employers handling matters internally. In addition to her work with public and private employers, she has acted as Independent Factfinder for educational institutions, including Harvard University and Amherst College, where she assists in the confidential investigation of disciplinary matters, including cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct.
She teaches regularly and is published often on how to properly conduct prompt and thorough investigations. She is a former Board member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (“AWI”) and frequent speaker at AWI’s Annual Conference.
Training and Education
Julie is a certified trainer, and was a member of the 2008 faculty for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) two-day Discrimination Prevention Training Program “Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations.” In addition, in 2010, she successfully completed the MCAD training on disability discrimination and responding to accommodation requests. She is a certified trainer for sexual harassment and unlawful harassment prevention training with the MCAD.
Julie has also served as a faculty member for the Training Institute of the Association of Workplace Investigators. She has taught at Institutes in California and Connecticut. She has also developed materials in connection with the curriculum and training materials.
Much of Julie’s work involves training and workshops on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment, unlawful harassment, discrimination, the ADA, FMLA, diversity, conducting investigations, workplace violence, hiring and firing, performance management and other workplace issues. Julie conducts in-house seminars for employers and also speaks at employment seminars offered by the New Hampshire Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, Council on Education and Management, Lorman Education Services, National Business Institute, and at various meetings for trade organizations, such as the National Human Resources Association, Northeast Human Resources Association, a SHRM chapter, Manchester Area Human Resources Association, a SHRM chapter, Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association, a SHRM chapter, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., NH/VT Chapter, Northeast Passenger Transportation Association, Nashua Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women in Construction, Women in Technology International, American Society for Training and Development, and New Hampshire Women’s Business Center.
Speaking Engagements and Publications
Julie’s speaking engagements have included talks on a national level, as she spoke at the BLR 2010 National Employment Law Update in Las Vegas and the American Bar Association Labor and Employment conference for the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Subcommittee in March 2011 in San Juan on the use of employment practices experts. She was a featured speaker at the California Association of Workplace Investigators’ second annual conference, which was held in Glendale, California in November 2011.
Most recently, Julie was a speaker at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment conference in November 2012, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia, and she is slated to speak at the 32nd Annual Education Institute, Inc. National CLE Conference in Vail, Colorado in January 2015. Her topic there is on workplace investigations, focusing on sexual harassment.
In addition to the materials that are published by Bar Associations and other professional groups where Julie speaks, Julie has been a regular contributor to many publications, including the New Hampshire Business Review, and has published articles in such other publications as Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, New Hampshire Bar Journal, New Hampshire Bar News, The Union Leader, and newsletters for various human resources organizations and trade associations throughout New England.
Julie was quoted in a February 24, 2011 article for Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) entitled “Diversity Training Pitfalls to Avoid.” She has also been consulted and quoted on workplace issues in such publications as Inc. Technology, The Eagle Tribune, New Hampshire Bar News, New Hampshire Bar Journal, New Hampshire Business Review, and The Concord Monitor. Additionally, she was quoted in Glamour magazine, March 2006 edition, in a segment on workplace romance and sexual harassment.
Legal Counsel and Policy Development
Julie works with employers on best practices of Human Resources management, consistent with the law and industry standards. She focuses on risk management rather than litigation. Julie drafts policies, procedures and handbooks; handles matters before state and federal administrative agencies; and otherwise assists and counsels employers on harassment, discrimination, ADA, FMLA, wage/hour, diversity, terminations, restrictive covenants, and other workplace issues. She also is retained by individuals on a limited basis on matters involving disability accommodation, performance issues, non-competition agreements, separation from employment, harassment charges, and other workplace issues.
Expert Witness Testimony
Julie has been retained as an expert witness by employers and employees in various litigation matters in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, West Virginia, Iowa and elsewhere throughout the country relative to sexual harassment, unlawful harassment, internal investigations, wrongful discharge, the FMLA, the treatment of employees with disabilities under the ADA, terminations and disciplinary matters, reductions in force, hiring and retention, and other Human Resources issues involving workplace policies and practices. For example, she testified in a 2005 trial involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation in violation of N.H. RSA 354-A in Hillsborough County Superior Court in New Hampshire (Conboy, J.), that resulted in a $480,000 verdict in the plaintiff’s favor.
She also testified as an expert for the plaintiff in a gender discrimination trial against Wal-Mart in 2007 in Berkshire County Superior Court in Massachusetts (Agostini, J.), where the plaintiff received a $2 million verdict. This verdict gained international attention, and Julie’s role was highlighted in a June 28, 2007 article in BusinessWeek and a June 21, 2007 article in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in an October 2009 decision, upheld the verdict. Julie’s testimony was never challenged on appeal.
Julie testified as the plaintiff’s expert in two trials in June 2010, both resulting in substantial victories. One case was tried in the Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire, and Julie offered testimony about the employer’s layoff. A six-figure verdict was returned. The second case went to trial in the Business and Consumer Court in Cumberland County, Maine. Julie was retained by the former president of a company who had been accused of sexual harassment, and she testified about industry standards associated with conducting an internal investigation. The jury awarded a record $7.3 million in favor of the former company president.
Julie was an expert in a 2011 case that settled for $390,000 on the day she was to take the witness stand in a negligent hiring/retention and workplace negligence lawsuit that was pending in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania.
Independent Consultant to the EEOC
Julie has worked with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on discrimination and harassment cases. For example, in 2005, she was retained, with the EEOC’s approval, as an Independent Consultant to a large employer pursuant to the terms of a Consent Decree negotiated with the EEOC. She was charged with reviewing and identifying weaknesses in the employer’s policies on harassment, discrimination and retaliation and re-drafting them. She drafted new workplace policies and procedures on internal complaints, management’s responsibilities upon receipt of a complaint, and conducting investigations. She conducted company-wide training for managers and non-supervisory personnel. She conducted one-on-one sensitivity training with the executive accused of sexual harassment. She was designated as part of the company’s internal complaint procedure for the ensuing four years, if any employee felt victimized by workplace harassment. Through the end of 2008, she reported quarterly harassment to the EEOC on the company’s compliance with the Consent Decree.
In 2006, she was again retained to work with the EEOC and an employer. In that case, she conducted training for all employees and managers on the discrimination laws, lawful hiring, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She created policies on record retention and equal employment opportunity. She is otherwise acting as a legal consultant to ensure the employer complied with the applicable Consent Decree.
Contributor to Human Resources Organizations
As a member of the Board of Directors and Program Committee Chair of the Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association, a SHRM chapter, Julie has been active in volunteering her time to Human Resources groups on a local and national level. She has been a leader in the organization, as a Board Member and Program Chair for many years. She regularly participates in meetings that provide the opportunity for learning, education and sharing of best practices and discussion of industry standards. Julie was invited to attend and has participated in the HR State Council of New Hampshire Leadership Conferences in Concord, New Hampshire since 2007. These are among the many programs Julie attends that count as credit hours toward SPHR recertification through SHRM’s HR Certification Institute.
In addition, in conjunction with Julie’s leadership in her local SHRM chapter, Julie is the Legislative Liaison to SHRM for her chapter and has been since 2007. She participated in the 2008 SHRM Leadership Conference in Arlington, Virginia, which is by invitation only and available only to SHRM volunteer leaders. The purpose of the annual meeting is to advance the HR profession through leadership development workshops and practice-sharing sessions. She was also the local representative to the SHRM 2009 Employment Law and Legislative Conference, which was held in Washington, D.C. in March of 2009 and the SHRM Annual Conference and Expo in New Orleans in May of 2009 and in San Diego in June of 2010. She was on the Committee to organize and was a featured speaker at the “1st Annual HR State Council of NH Legislative Conference,” sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council for the Society of Human Resources Management and the Granite State Human Resources Conference and held in May 2010. She spoke again at the 2012 Conference.
Educational Background and Experience
Though Julie does not maintain a litigation practice, her background and experience as a litigator give her an understanding and appreciation of the legal risks associated with workplace issues that can lead to court action. Prior to founding Employment Practices Group in 1998, Julie practiced employment litigation in Boston from 1995 to 1998 at Jackson Lewis, a national law firm specializing in management-related employment issues. Julie also gained extensive experience working at Devine, Millimet & Branch, one of the largest law firms in northern New England, in its Manchester office from 1992 to 1995, defending companies and individuals in various litigation matters concerning employment issues, personal injury, and insurance coverage matters.
Julie graduated from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, in 1992 where she was a technical editor for the Suffolk University Law Review and the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Federal Courts. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, summa cum laude, in 1988 from Boston College.
Julie A. Moore, Esquire, SPHR, SHRM – SCP is president of Employment Practices Group, a legal and Human Resources consulting firm that she founded in 1998. As an attorney, she is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and State of New Hampshire.
“Labor & Employment Law: EEOC Publishes ‘Best Practices’ for Avoiding Retaliation Claims”
New Hampshire Bar News
April 20, 2016
“Updates in EEO Law”
New Hampshire Bar Association’s 15th Annual Labor & Employment Update
April 14, 2016
“2016 Report of the Workplace Investigations Subcommittee of the Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee Section of the American Bar Association” (contributed First Circuit Case Summaries)
American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2016 Midwinter Meeting
March 16, 2016
“EEO and Handbooks”
National Business Institute “Advanced Employment Law”
February 8, 2016
“Discovery Issues in Workplace Investigations”
33rd Annual National CLE Conference, Labor & Employment, Vail, CO
January 8, 2016
“Preventing Retaliation: Strategies for the In-House Investigator or Advisor”
Association of Workplace Investigators 6th Annual Conference
October 23, 2015
“Balancing Confidentiality Requirements in Workplace Investigations under the EEOC and NLRB”
Association of Workplace Investigators 6th Annual Conference
October 23, 2015