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Melissa K. Taft


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Melissa K. Taft is an Associate in the Indianapolis, Indiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice is focused on representing management in employment litigation and providing advice and counsel on employment issues.  Ms. Taft’s litigation experience includes all types of employment litigation, including defending claims of race, age, national origin, gender, disability and religious discrimination, as well as sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation claims.  Ms. Taft’s practice is also focused on defending wage and hour claims, including class and collective actions brought under both the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage laws.  Ms. Taft has experience defending employment claims brought in federal and state courts and before the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission and state agencies.

While attending law school, she was a Managing Editor for the Indiana Law Journal. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Larry S. Merck, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

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February 6, 2017

Indianapolis Office Newsletter – First Quarter 2017

February 6, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Limitation Period for Claims Relying on Constructive Discharge Under a constructive discharge theory, an employee’s limitation period to file a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission begins upon the constructive discharge, not before, the United States Supreme Court has... Read More

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Jury Awards $4.5 Million to Hospital Employee for Discrimination and Retaliation
August 14, 2017

A plaintiff has been awarded $4.45 million for an age discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation action he filed under state law in a court in Iowa against his former employer. Gregory Hawkins v. Grinnell Regional Medical Center, et al., No. 08791 LALA002281. Read More

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Nov 12

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DOL Issues Proposed Rule for Tip Credits under the FLSA

Dorothy McDermott and Melissa Taft discuss Fair Labor Standards Act regulations on minimum wage, hourly pay, tip credits and related employment law matters. 

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