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Tracy Kern
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8134 tel
504.589.8134 fax

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Tracy Kern is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Her practice covers the spectrum of employment litigation.

Tracy represents clients in myriad matters, including state and federal claims, and individual and class action suits. She has handled cases involving claims of race, age, disability, national origin, and sex discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, FMLA, FLSA, and noncompete/restrictive covenant issues. Her experience includes successfully litigating cases on a national basis in more than 35 jurisdictions.

Tracy also helps employers avoid employment litigation. This aspect of her practice includes regularly advising employers regarding proposed employment decisions, reviewing and drafting employment policies and handbooks, and conducting training sessions concerning sexual harassment and other employment matters. In addition, Tracy has drafted and defended numerous restrictive covenants, executive agreements, and independent contractor agreements.

Before joining Jones Walker, Tracy was a partner and co-chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Area at Frilot Partridge, L.C.

Noteworthy

  • BTI Client Service All-Star MVP (listed annually since 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law–Management and Litigation–Labor & Employment (listed annually since 2013)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," Employment & Labor (listed annually since 2008)

Representative Matters

  • Won a defense verdict in a case tried before a jury in federal court in Miami, Florida, alleging violations of the FLSA on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Won a defense verdict in a race, national origin, and disability discrimination case tried in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, on behalf of a national automotive retailer.
  • Earned a defense verdict in a race discrimination and retaliation case tried in state court in Flint, Michigan, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Earned a defense verdict in a race discrimination and retaliation case tried in federal court in Memphis, Tennessee, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Earned a defense verdict in a retaliation case tried before a jury in state court in Detroit, Michigan, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Won a defense verdict in a two-plaintiff sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress case tried before a jury in Evansville, Indiana, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a retaliatory discharge and breach of contract case tried in state court in Nashville, Tennessee, on behalf of a national automotive retailer.
  • Won a defense verdict in a sexual harassment and retaliation case tried before a jury in federal court in Phoenix, Arizona, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Won a defense verdict in a sexual harassment and retaliation case tried before a jury in federal court in El Paso, Texas, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress case tried before a state court jury in Brownsville, Texas, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Won a defense verdict in a sexual harassment, assault and battery, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress case tried by a jury in state court in Tucson, Arizona, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Earned a defense verdict in an age discrimination and workers’ compensation retaliation case tried before a federal jury in Evansville, Indiana, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Won a defense verdict in a disability and retaliation case tried by a jury in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri, on behalf of a national automotive retailer
  • Earned a defense verdict in a hostile work environment and retaliation case tried by a jury in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, on behalf of a national automotive retailer.
  • Won a defense verdict in a race discrimination case tried by a jury in federal court in New Orleans, Louisiana, on behalf of a local medical facility
  • Won a defense verdict in a race discrimination case tried before a jury in Shreveport, Louisiana, on behalf of a large industrial facility
  • Obtained a defense verdict in an age discrimination case tried to jury in federal court in Indianapolis, Indiana, on behalf of a national convenience store
  • Secured a defense verdict in a case tried before a jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging race discrimination, retaliation, and violations of the Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower Statute, on behalf of an international agricultural company with a facility located in Luling, Louisiana
  • Secured a defense verdict in a case tried before a jury in Idaho alleging gender discrimination, breach of contract, and retaliation on behalf of a national contractor
  • Obtained numerous summary judgments in state and federal courts and successful appeals to the US Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh circuits

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  • American Bar Association (Member, EEO Committee)