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Frances M. Haas

Frances M. Haas is a shareholder in the firm's Labor and Employment Department and handles various matters for employers and institutions of higher education. Her employment practice involves litigation on behalf of management in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in the following areas: discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on race, sex, age, national origin, disability, and veteran status; Family and Medical Leave Act; Equal Pay Act; wrongful termination; OSHA; and unemployment. Fran also advises clients on various wage and hour issues, drug-testing, employee separations, employment handbooks, leave issues, employment agreements, and severance agreements. Fran also handles labor arbitrations in various tribunals.

Fran's higher education practice includes representation in matters involving Title IX, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.  Fran reviews internal policies related to faculty governance, student conduct, and Title IX investigations. She also provides advice on a variety of other risk management areas, including compliance, governance, and investigations by the Office of Civil Rights.

Fran speaks at various seminars and CLEs on a variety of employment-related topics. She is a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the Northern District of Iowa and was appointed to the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Fran received her B.A. in French from the University of Northern Iowa (2001), where she graduated first in her class. She received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law (2004), graduating with high distinction and Order of the Coif.

Prior to joining Nyemaster Goode, Fran clerked for Chief Judge Linda R. Reade in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. She is a former litigation associate of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Recognition

First in class at UNI

Order of the Coif, University of Iowa

Semi-Finalist in Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Moot Court Judge

Research Assistant for Dean Linda McGuire

Professional and Community Affiliations

Iowa State Bar Association
Federal Practice Committee

Wisconsin Bar Association

Linn County Bar Association

Appointed to the Federal Practice Committee for the Northern District of Iowa, 2013-present

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Education

University of Northern Iowa (B.A., summa cum laude, 2001)

University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., with high distinction, 2004)

Bar Admissions

Iowa

Wisconsin

Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Experience

Associate, Micheal Best & Friedrich, 2005-2008

Clerk to Chief Judge Linda R. Reade, United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa, 2008-2010

Significant Cases

Banks v. John Deere & Co., Case No. 15-2058 (8th Cir. 2016). The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for the employer on the plaintiff's race discrimination and harassment claims under Title VII and the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

Massey-Diez v. University of Iowa Community Medical Services, Inc., Case No. 15-2924 (8th Cir. 2016). The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for the employer on the plaintiff’s FMLA entitlement and discrimination/retaliation claims.

Dindinger v. Allsteel, Inc., 860 N.W.2d 557 (Iowa 2015). Obtained favorable answers to two certified questions of law on wage discrimination claims before the Iowa Supreme Court.

Ackelson v. Manley Toy Direct, LLC, No. 12-0442 (Iowa 2013). The Iowa Supreme Court held that punitive damages are not available in employment discrimination claims under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

Smock v. Muscatine Center for Social Action (Muscatine Cnty. Dist. Ct. of Iowa).  Obtained summary judgment on plaintiff’s claims for wrongful discharge claim in violation of public policy and breach of contract.

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