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Anne E. Baggott -
Of Counsel

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Overview: 

Before joining Dysart Taylor, Anne practiced with a large, international employment defense firm.  She regularly represented Fortune 500 companies and their insurers, and smaller businesses, in gender, sexual harassment, pregnancy, age, race, disability and accommodation, retaliation and whistleblower, and wage and hour litigation. Anne also counseled employers on litigation avoidance, including compliance with the FMLA, FLSA, and state equivalents. After serving as a management-side-only employment lawyer, Anne now represents both employees and employers.

Employee representation. When helping employees, Anne understands the many ways company attorneys attack employment law claims as well as conceal weaknesses in the employer’s case. Anne knows company strategies during litigation and will use her experience to help employees reach their goal – be it litigation, alternative dispute resolution, employment agreement or severance negotiations, or just advice. 

If you’re an attorney with a client who has an employment matter that falls outside the scope of your practice, Anne welcomes the opportunity to work with you on a referral basis.

Employer representation. When representing employers and their insurers, Anne is acutely aware of the strategies employees’ lawyers use to attack company policies and decisions. She works with businesses to avoid litigation by implementing practical and legally compliant solutions to workplace issues, and she defends employers before administrative agencies and courts.

Independent investigations. Anne conducts third-party, neutral workplace investigations. Her extensive employment litigation experience, from both the employee and employer perspectives, gives her a unique insight when investigating employee complaints, charges, and lawsuits alleging employee or employer misconduct. Anne performs fact-finding investigations and provides objective written findings and recommendations. She works with her clients to assess exposure, if any, and implement recommendations noted during the investigation. Anne also provides on-going advice and counseling with the goal of minimizing future claims.

When not practicing law, Anne enjoys spending time with family, youth sports coaching and cheering on her three kids from the sidelines, trying out great restaurants, and traveling.

Experience: 
  • Defended claim of age discrimination and other employment torts by obtaining summary judgment of all claims in the U.S.D.C. for the District of Kansas, which the Tenth Circuit affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented international manufacturer in a lawsuit seeking damages for alleged sexual orientation harassment, retaliation, and multiple employment torts. Obtained a partial grant of summary judgment and tried the remaining claims. At trial, the judge dismissed part of the case on a motion for directed verdict. The jury returned a defense verdict on the remaining claims.
  • Advised clients to provide proactive advice regarding issues such as background checks, weapons in the workplace, drug and alcohol policies, leaves of absence, disability, wage and hour.
  • Helped retail grocery client navigate multiple wage-and-hour and discrimination claims and lawsuits to successful resolution through dispositive motions, pre-trial litigation strategies, and favorable settlements.
Activities: 

Professional Activities

  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City 
    • Board of Directors, 2016-present
    • YLS: President, 2014-2015; President-Elect, 2013-2014; Secretary, 2012-2013; Director, 2011-2012
  • Kansas Bar Association 
    • Employment Law Executive Committee, 2016-present
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • American Bar Association 
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 
    • Member, Labor & Employment, Federal Courts Advocates committees
  • Missouri Bar Association 
  • Association of Women Lawyers 

Community Involvement

  • Drinks Among Friends, Kansas City
  • Brookwood Education Foundation

Board of Directors

Seminars/Publications: 

Publications

  • “Employer Relief in Missouri: Amendments Headed to the Governor,” May 2017
  • "The Ruby Files: Part 3 – A Whisper, A Wink, and a 40-Year-Old Aptitude Flunky," Employment Relations Today, Winter 2016
  • “Four Policy Reviews in Your Next Employee Handbook Update,” January 2017
  • “EEOC’s Final Wellness Regulations Take Effect Despite AARP Challenge,” January 2017
  • “5 Tips for Handling Employee Secret Recordings,” September 2016
  • “Gender-Parity Wage Protection - Recent Developments and Survey of State Laws,” co-author, Employment Relations Today, July 2016
  • “3 Tips to Proper Wage Withholdings Under the Kansas Wage Payment Act,” March 2016

Presentations

  • "Navigating Employee Leaves of Absence," speaker, USLAW Network Client Conference, September 2017
  • "Key 2017 Legislative Updates for Missouri Businesses," speaker, Missouri Bar Annual Meeting, September 2017
  • “The New Presidential and Missouri Governor Administrations – New Beginnings/New Directions,” speaker, Missouri Bar’s Employment Litigation and Policy annual CLE, June 2017
  • “Sweeping Changes to the Missouri Human Rights Act,” speaker, Society for Human Resource Management–Kansas City, webinar, May 2017
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Law – Leave Issues,” speaker, Society for Human Resource Management – Kansas City webinar, March 2017
  • “Wellness Programs,” keynote speaker, Kansas Human Rights Commission employment law seminar, December 2016
  • “Wellness Programs,” speaker, Kansas City Labor and Employment Law Institute, October 2016
  • “Handling Employment Discrimination Claims,” speaker, National Business Institute, March 2016
  • “Employment Law Update,” National Business Institute, March 2016