Counseling employers, drafting employment policies, and representing companies before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Massachusetts courts are the primary focuses of Kara Johnson’s law practice. Kara works with a range of businesses, including small companies, larger corporations, and both non-profit and for-profit clients. In addition, she is co-author of a chapter on Resolving Sexual Harassment Complaints, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and co-wrote a law review article on medical marijuana in the workplace for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Employment Law Section Review.
In 2011 Kara joined Spruce Law LLC, which became Of Counsel to Archstone Law Group in 2015. Previously, Kara’s practice was spread among employment, real estate, estate planning, and bankruptcy law. Before earning her law degree, Kara worked in the victim services field for many years, including with the Children’s Advocacy Center at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and as the Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. She has also served for several years as a Board Member for Fidelity House Human Services.
Kara received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. From 2013 to 2015, she was named as a Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Kara enjoys music, reading, and spending time in Maine with her family.
Counsels employers on various employment matters, including compliance with federal and state laws regarding wage and hour compliance, employee classification, discrimination, reasonable accommodations, and leaves of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Massachusetts Sick Leave Law, and the Massachusetts Parental Leave Law
Representation of employers in defending complaints filed with state and federal human rights and anti-discrimination agencies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state and federal courts
Conducts investigations into allegations of retaliation, harassment, and discrimination
Negotiates resolutions to employment disputes
Drafts and reviews personnel policies, handbooks, severance agreements, and other employment agreements