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Christine E. Howard
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Christine E. Howard

Fisher Phillips, Partner

Atlanta, Georgia
Christine Howard is a member of the firm's management committee and a partner in the firm's Tampa and Atlanta offices. She also served as a founding Co-Chair of the firm's Women's Initiative and Leadership Council. Christine focuses her practice on the defense of employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints, wage and hour litigation, and employee leave related complaints. She has successfully handled many dispositive motions, hearings, arbitrations, and trials on behalf of employers. Over the last decade, she has defended numerous collective action cases filed on behalf of classes of employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), successfully defeating attempts at class certification in practically every instance. Christine also defends class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), helping employers navigate these claims to successful resolutions and dismissals. In addition to litigating matters on behalf of employers, Christine conducts workplace investigations, compliance audits, and management training. She also counsels employers on the preventive measures they may take to avoid or reduce employment-related claims, including on issues arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Christine is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers since 2014 and The Best Lawyers in America since 2015. She was also recognized in Georgia Super Lawyers each year from 2004 through 2008. Christine was credited as an author on an E-Discovery Chapter in Workplace Data: Law and Litigation. The book provides an overview of legal issues associated with employment-related electronically stored information, focusing on discovery issues in particular. Summary judgment granted to employer on twenty-five year employee's claim of age discrimination based on his failure to promote and termination and his claims for FMLA interference and retaliation. Confidential Arbitration, 2019 Obtained summary judgment on the claims filed by a former human resources professional alleging race and age discrimination based on her pay and termination, as well as religious harassment discrimination. Wallace v. Sanderson Farms, Inc. (M.D. Ga. 2018) Summary judgment granted against seven Plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging an unchecked "peeping tom" in the office caused intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. The Complaint further alleged that the employer was responsible for the actions of the peeping tom and hiring and retaining him was negligent. Judgement was entered in favor of the Defendant on all counts. Murray et. al. v. The Auto Club Group, Ga. Superior Ct. No. 2015-cv-268431 (June 13, 2017). Professional Activities

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