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.
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