Sara Tandy helps clients develop best practices and manage company policies to build robust, healthy, and productive workplaces. Sara advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, including workplace discrimination, fair labor standards and wage and hour issues; military, family and medical leave policies, wrongful discharge and restrictive covenants. Sara drafts and reviews employment policies and employee handbooks, including helping clients build comprehensive nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policies.

 

Sara Tandy helps clients develop best practices and manage company policies to build robust, healthy, and productive workplaces. Sara advises clients on a broad range of employment matters, including workplace discrimination, fair labor standards and wage and hour issues; military, family and medical leave policies, wrongful discharge and restrictive covenants. Sara drafts and reviews employment policies and employee handbooks, including helping clients build comprehensive nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policies.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Sara worked as a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant in Richmond, focusing on LGBTQ+ workplace issues. She also worked in the nonprofit sector in both Richmond and Philadelphia, organizing teams of grassroots volunteers and acting as an advocate on issues ranging from equal access to justice and human/civil rights to working towards improved education pertaining to women’s reproductive health issues in medical school curricula.

Sara earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she was the president of the Virginia Bar Association Law Student Council. She earned a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 with a concentration in gender and sexuality studies.

 

  • Defense of Title VII discrimination and retaliation claims and employment claims brought under state equivalents to Title VII, including the Virginia Human Rights Act and its recent pro-employee amendments
  • Responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination and retaliation charges, collaborating with general counsel and human resources departments
  • Defense of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) individual and collective actions; provide advice concerning FLSA wage and hour standards
  • Provide employment policy advice regarding proper employee classification and related guidance concerning wage and hour issues for nonexempt workers
  • Employee separation and general release agreement drafting and guidance to employers related to separating employees
  • Provide guidance and insight concerning the legislation and employer implications of Virginia’s developing legislation concerning the legalization and commoditization of cannabis products
  • Provide advice and ongoing guidance to employers regarding mandatory vaccine and return-to-work policies related to COVID-19