Narcisa P. Symank, Shareholder

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About

Having exclusively practiced employment law since 2007, Narcisa Symank is a shareholder of the firm and member of the Business Litigation and Business Law practice groups. She focuses on employment litigation and counseling. As an experienced litigator and trial attorney, Narcisa defends employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, as well as breach of contract, misclassification, and failure to pay overtime claims. She responds to charges brought before administrative agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, MCHR, and IHRC.  She also handles DOL and other federal, as well as state agency audits. As a counselor, Narcisa provides practical, business-minded advice on issues ranging from every-day human resources matters involving ADA accommodations and FMLA leave, to public accommodation concerns, and investigations of sexual harassment complaints and workplace violence threats.  Narcisa also assists businesses and individuals with employment, severance and non-compete agreements. Because of her extensive litigation experience, Narcisa understands how a jury may react to various internal policies and procedures, allowing her to offer practical, cost-saving advice when acting as general counsel on employment related matters for her clients.

Narcisa has represented employers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies in claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Missouri Human Rights Act, the False Claims Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and numerous other federal and state laws. She is a regular contributor to the Sandberg Phoenix Employer Law Blog, where she shares insights and updates on recent legal matters impacting employers.

Background

Narcisa graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University in 2004, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While an undergraduate at SLU, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Narcisa went on to study law at SLU, where she graduated in 2007 with her Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Employment Law. While a law student, she received the Academic Excellence Award for the highest grade in International law and participated in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court from 2005-2007.

Narcisa is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Western District of Missouri, the Southern District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

An active member of the community, Narcisa is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute Community Development Corporation, and currently serves as the Board of Directors Chair for St. Louis ArtWorks, a nonprofit which provides basic skills, job, and arts training to St. Louis youth through paid apprenticeship programs. She also serves as a member of the International Affairs Advisory Committee at University of Missouri-St. Louis, and the United Way Multicultural Leadership Society. She also serves on the Sandberg Phoenix Recruiting Committee and acts as a mentor for the firm’s Summer Associates.

Successes

Following a week-long jury trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, Narcisa obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of an employer and two individual defendants in a lawsuit alleging race and sex discrimination in demotion, denial of various promotions and retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act. Only 21 of the original 75 claims brought by the Plaintiff were submitted to the jury after the successful attainment of dismissal of the other 54 claims through motions for summary judgment and directed verdicts, as well as the abandonment of claims by the Plaintiff at trial.

Narcisa negotiated a favorable settlement in a breach of contract, failure to pay commissions, national origin discrimination and unjust enrichment lawsuit under the Missouri Human Rights Act and Missouri common law after receiving partial summary judgment and subsequent voluntary dismissal by plaintiff of certain claims.

Representing a client in a non-compete matter, Narcisa obtained a permanent injunction against a former employee and their new employer, enforcing both the non-compete and non-solicitation provisions of the employment agreement.

Narcisa achieved a summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on claims of race and age discrimination in termination, denial of promotion, harassment and retaliation under federal and Missouri state law.

Narcisa won summary judgment in a case involving racial discrimination in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Narcisa obtained a summary judgment on claims of sex and age discrimination, including the denial of promotion and training, denial of equal pay, retaliation, breach of contract and promissory estoppel under Title VII, the ADEA, the EPA, the KAAD and Kansas state law in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Also in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Narcisa won a summary judgment on claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation and workers’ compensation retaliation brought under federal law and Kansas state law.

Publications

Narcisa has published many articles extensively discussing topics including employee privacy rights, Missouri statutory rights relating to employment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Narcisa is a Contributing Author for the firm’s Employer Law Blog.  For four years, she also served as a Contributing Author for the Missouri Employment Law Letter, published by M. Lee Smith Publishers, LLC.

Why You Can Never Be Too Careful: Terminating an Employee on FMLA Leave, Small Business Monthly, December 2014

Contributing Author, Missouri Employment Law Letter:

“Enforcing noncompetes: Facts of each case still rule the day,” November 2012

“Enforcing Personnel Policies: You Don’t Have to be Fair, Just Don’t Discriminate,” June 2012

“When the Whistle Doesn’t Count,” February 2012

“The FMLA: Notice of Need for Leave Still Required,” October 2010

Speaking Engagements

“Wage and Hour Issues,” Illinois Chamber of Commerce Presentation, Southwest Illinois College, Belleville, August 2015

“Hostile Work Environments and the Administrative Process” and “Hiring,” Kaskaskia College, October 2013

“Workplace Relationships and Sexual Harassment,” Metro East Illinois Human Resources Group, February 2013

“Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims,” Employment and Labor Law Seminar, January 2013

“The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act: The Impact on the Everyday Workplace and Employee Benefits,” Client Seminar, September 2011

“Genetic Antidiscrimination, Another Trap for Employers,” Employment and Labor Law Seminar, January 2011

BIOGRAPHY

Having exclusively practiced employment law since 2007, Narcisa Symank is a member of the Business Litigation and Business Law practice groups. She focuses on employment litigation and counseling. As an experienced litigator and trial attorney, Narcisa defends employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, as well as breach of contract, misclassification, and failure to pay overtime claims. She responds to charges brought before administrative agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, MCHR, and IHRC.  She also handles DOL and other federal, as well as state agency audits. As a counselor, Narcisa provides practical, business-minded advice on issues ranging from every-day human resources matters involving ADA accommodations and FMLA leave, to public accommodation concerns, and investigations of sexual harassment complaints and workplace violence threats.  Narcisa also assists businesses and individuals with employment, severance and non-compete agreements. Because of her extensive litigation experience, Narcisa understands how a jury may react to various internal policies and procedures, allowing her to offer practical, cost-saving advice when acting as general counsel on employment related matters for her clients.

Narcisa has represented employers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies in claims arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Missouri Human Rights Act, the False Claims Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and numerous other federal and state laws. She is a regular contributor to the Sandberg Phoenix Employer Law Blog, where she shares insights and updates on recent legal matters impacting employers.

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