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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Katharine Tylee Herz

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Kate Tylee Herz focuses her practice on employment counseling, litigation, and defending employers in connection with charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Washington State Human Rights Commission (WHRC), and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR).

Kate has significant experience representing clients in federal and state courts against allegations of discrimination, hostile work environment, sexual harassment, wage and commission disputes, wrongful termination, retaliation, and claims under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, and Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD).

Kate also counsels employers on a wide range of matters, including issues related to disability and leave laws, accommodation issues, and other challenges associated with the employment relationship. She trains managers on how to prevent and deal effectively with sexual harassment and other discrimination complaints, and workplace policies.  Kate also has extensive experience conducting workplace investigations.

Kate’s clients include large hospital systems, national corporations, nonprofits, and businesses in the technology, retail, and food services industries.

Representative Experience

M.R.B. v. Puyallup School District*

Won defense verdict in high-profile student press case where the Puyallup School District was sued for negligence and invasion of privacy. Defense verdict affirmed by Court of Appeals. 282 P.3d 1124 (2012)

Mediation of discrimination complaint for technology company

Obtained quick, favorable settlement for technology and software client in age discrimination dispute with senior-level manager who agreed to low settlement two months after submitting demand letter. (2012)

Nelson v. Providence Health & Services

Won summary judgment on all claims in wrongful termination case brought by former cardiovascular technician alleging discrimination based on her medical condition of multiple sclerosis. Plaintiff claimed employer violated the FMLA, ADA, and WLAD, and engaged in retaliation under state and federal laws (W.D.Wash. 2012)

Cowling v. Tacoma School District*

Defended the Tacoma School District in a lawsuit involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, outrage, and violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Achieved successful resolution following summary judgment on federal law claims. (2010-2011)

Ostheller v. City of Burlington*

Defended the City of Burlington in a lawsuit involving claims of defamation and intentional interference with a business expectancy. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the City of Burlington on both claims. (2011)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Professional & Community Activities

  • Program Committee Member, Girls on the Run, 2012-2014
  • Board of Advisors, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2013-present
  • State Liaison, King County Washington Women Lawyers, 2011-2015
  • Kinship Care Solutions Project, King County Bar Association
  • Neighborhood Clinic, King County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Davis Wright Tremaine Heart of Justice Award, 2017
  • Selected to “Washington Rising Stars,” Thomson Reuters, 2013-2018
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