Christine B. Hawes

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 Counsel Washington, D.C.
chawes@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2968
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Christine B. Hawes is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group. She is a co-founder of and contributor to Crowell & Moring's whistleblower law blog, Whistleblower Watch.

Christine's practice focuses on litigation of individual and class actions arising in all areas of labor and employment law, including:

  • Fair Labor Standards Act and state law wage-and-hour statutes
  • Title VII and state anti-discrimination laws
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act and related state statutes
  • Federal and state whistleblower statutes, including the False Claims Act
  • Alleged wrongful termination
  • Non-competition agreements and other employee contracts
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets claims

Christine also provides counseling to clients on a wide variety of employment issues, including personnel policies, non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, employee discipline, contract disputes, and alleged retaliation under the False Claims Act, Title VII, the FLSA, and state whistleblower statutes. Additionally, Christine assists clients with affirmative action compliance, preparing affirmative action plans, analyzing compensation practices, and providing counseling in connection with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs audits.

Representative Experience

  • Won six-day JAMS arbitration hearing, defeating former defense contractor employee’s claims of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation in their entirety
  • Secured summary judgment of former university employee's 35+ race, gender, and age discrimination and retaliation claims in the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal, without settlement, of $25 million complaint alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract against small government contractor and its two employees in the District of Maryland
  • Represented a telecommunications company in litigation and satisfactory settlement of hundreds of individual wage and hour claims nationwide
  • Attained summary judgment in the Eastern District of New York, defeating Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law class action/collective action challenging the independent contractor status of transportation services providers
  • Represented a major automotive parts manufacturer in litigation against former employee in Ohio state court for misappropriation of the company's trade secrets
  • Obtained summary judgment in JAMS arbitration, dismissing plaintiff's claims of discrimination based on national origin and military status against a multinational defense technology company
  • Drafted position statements and successfully received dismissal of charges filed with the EEOC, DOJ, and state-agencies related to allegations of discrimination based on race, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religious beliefs, and retaliation

Christine graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2011, receiving a certificate of specialization in law and business. At Vanderbilt, Christine was a managing editor for the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and director of membership for the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society.

Christine graduated from Boston College in 2008, earning her B.A. in history and political science.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland



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Speeches & Presentations

  • "Third Thursday--C&M’s April Labor & Employment Update: “Check” It Out – Avoiding Illegal Practices in Employee Background Checks," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 18, 2019). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, and Jillian Ambrose.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M’s March Labor & Employment Update: Risks and Benefits of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Recruiting, Hiring, and Employment," Crowell & Moring Webinar (March 28, 2019). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Kris Meade, Rebecca Springer, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M’s February Labor & Employment Update: New Year, New Look at the Enforceability of Employee No-Solicitation Agreements -- State Law Developments," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 28, 2019). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Suzanne E. Rode, Andrew W. Bagley, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M’s January Labor & Employment Update: Employee Pay - Wage and Hour Law - What to Expect in 2019," Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 24, 2019). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Andrew W. Bagley, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M’s December Labor & Employment Update: Employees and Marijuana – Legal Updates and Guidance," Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 20, 2018). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Glenn D. Grant, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M’s October Labor & Employment Update: Mandatory Arbitration of Employee Workplace Disputes in 2018 - Where Are We Going after Epic Systems," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 18, 2018). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, and Amanda DiSanto.
  • "The False Claims Act: Qui Tam Whistleblower Litigation and Investigations," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 17, 2018). Speakers: Stephen M. Byers, Brian Tully McLaughlin, Christine B. Hawes, and Mana Elihu Lombardo.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M's June Labor & Employment Update: Employee Mobility: Protecting the Company when Employees Leave," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 15, 2017). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Andrew W. Bagley, Anne Elise Herold Li, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M's May Labor & Employment Update: Federal Wage and Hour Law: Developments under the New Administration," Crowell & Moring Webinar (May 17, 2017). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Andrew W. Bagley, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Investigations 201 - When Workers Blow the Whistle - Steps for Conducting Effective Investigations of Whistleblower Complaints," Crowell & Moring Webinar (May 10, 2017). Presenters: Trina Fairley Barlow, David W. O'Brien, David B. Robbins, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Best Practices in Employment Law: Hiring, Firing and Performance Management," D.C. Bar Community Economic Development Project (October 18, 2016). Presenters: Glenn Grant and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M's January Arbitration of Employee and Consumer Disputes in: Enforcement and Compliance Issues in 2016," Webinar (January 21, 2016). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, Andrew W. Bagley, and Trina Fairley Barlow.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M's October Labor & Employment Update: Conducting Background Checks," Webinar (October 23, 2014). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Trina Fairley Barlow, Ira M. Saxe, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Third Thursday--C&M's August Labor & Employment Update-Are Your Settlement Agreements Still Enforceable?" Webinar (August 21, 2014). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, James E. Kellett, and Christine B. Hawes.
  • "Best Practices in Employment Law: Hiring, Firing and Performance Management," D.C. Bar Community Economic Development Project (October 25, 2012). Presenters: Christopher Calsyn and Christine B. Hawes.


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