Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson is a partner in the firm's Labor and Employment Group, focusing her practice on counseling private sector employers in all areas of employment law, in particular, sensitive, high-risk personnel issues and investigations as well as compliance and training. She represents employers in claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, workers' compensation retaliation, and other employment disputes and litigation, including affirmative action compliance evaluations involving the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Ms. Cole-Johnson is a trained workplace investigator, and she regularly serves as a speaker and faculty member for the Association of Workplace Investigators. 

    Ms. Cole-Johnson counsels companies and human resource professionals in all areas of employment law, including discharge and discrimination issues, workplace investigations, personnel policies and handbooks, affirmative action compliance, employee discipline, wage and hour issues, disability and reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave, unemployment, employment and independent contractor agreements, severance and separation agreements, individual terminations and reductions in force, and workplace health and safety issues. She also represents employers in related federal and state administrative proceedings, including discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, workers' compensation retaliation claims before the State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission, and retaliation claims before the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

    Prior to law school, Ms. Cole-Johnson taught in the Atlanta Public School System as a Teach for America corps member. She interned with Judge M. Yvette Miller at the Georgia Court of Appeals and participated in Emory University School of Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association

      George W. Crawford Black Bar Association

      American Bar Association

      Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut

      Association of Workplace Investigators

      Connecticut Bar Foundation
      James W. Cooper Fellow (2016 - present)

      U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
      Federal Grievance Committee (2016 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Labor & Employment as an "Associate to Watch" for 2014 and 2015, and as "Up and Coming" for 2016 and 2017

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor for 2013 to 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Pro Bono Partnership, 2012 Volunteer of the Year

      Emory University School of Law, Dean's Public Service Award

      Recognized in the special section "Lawyers of Color: High Achievers,"Connecticut Law Tribune, 2011

      Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), Forty Women for the Next 40 Years, Inductee

      Connecticut Law Tribune, recognized in 2014 New Leaders in the Law Yearbook

      Robinson+Cole Community Service Award Recipient, 2014

      Robinson+Cole Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipient, 2016

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      YWCA Hartford Region
      Immediate Past Chair of Board of Directors; Former Chair of Governance Committee; Former Chair of Nominating Committee; Event Co-chair for the 19th Annual In the Company of Women Luncheon

      Greater Hartford Arts Council
      Grant Panelist (2010 - 2011)

      Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
      Ambassador; Scholarship Committee

      Greater Hartford Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
      Corresponding Secretary

      Loomis Chaffee Head's Council
      Member
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "The ADA and Workplace Accommodations," a webinar for the Clear Law Institute (4/4/2017)
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      "Perspectives from the U.S.," at The World of Higher Education Conference, sponsored by UK-based law firm Mills & Reeve, at the British Library in London (3/16/2017)
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      "Fear Not! No Secret Handshake Here: Handling Non-EEO Investigations," at the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) 2016 Annual Conference in San Francisco, California (November 4, 2016)
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      "Scandal on Campus and the Modern Day Investigation: Harassment, Sexting, and Avoiding the 'Rabbit Hole'," co-presented with Kathleen E. Dion, presented at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) Fall Symposium, College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts (10/14/2016)
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      "Workplace Investigation Basics Seminar," co-presented with Keith Rohman, president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII), and Naomi Butterfield, of counsel at Bernstein Shur, hosted by the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) (5/25/2016)

      "The ADA and Workplace Accommodations," webinar, presented by the Clear Law Institute (4/26/2016 and 9/8/2016)

      "The Workplace Scandal and Modern-Day Investigations: Harassment, Sexting, and Avoiding the 'Rabbit Hole'," webinar, presented by the Clear Law Institute (3/5/2016)

      "Troubleshooting HR Legal Nightmares," at a National Business Institute's (NBI) seminar (11/4/2015)
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      "Minimizing Legal Risk in Internal Employee Investigations," co-presented with Judy S. Kalisker, principal at Compliance Plus, at the Association of Workplace Investigators' (AWI) Annual Conference in Los Angeles (10/23/2015)
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      "The Workplace Scandal and Modern-Day Investigations: Harassment, Sexting, and Avoiding the 'Rabbit Hole'," presented to the Society for Human Resource Management in Danbury, Connecticut (6/16/2015)

      "The Perils of Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter: Legal Considerations of Social Media," moderated the presentation, which was sponsored by the CBA's Young Lawyers Section and held at the Quinnipiac Club in New Haven (2/26/2015)
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      "Education Roundtable: Conducting an Internal Investigation," (11/21/2014)

      "Workplace Accommodations and the ADA: Focusing on Compliance and Productivity," co-presented with Nicole A. Bernabo (10/16/2014)

      "Practical Implications of the Revamped Connecticut Personnel Files Act," co-presented with Nicole A. Bernabo, webinar (10/29/2013)

      Panelist at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Scholarship Reception (6/9/2011). Ray Hardman, host of WNPR's Morning Edition and director of Public Affairs for Connecticut Public Television, moderated the panel.

      "Managing a Mobile Workforce: Complying with Wage and Hour Laws and Protecting Company Interests," co-presented with Stephen W. Aronson and Jean E. Tomasco, webinar (5/25/2011)

      "Social Media in the Workplace - What to Consider to Protect Your Company," co-presented with Nicole A. Bernabo and Alice E. DeTora, webinar (3/30/2011)

      Panelist at Career Beginnings workshop for Hartford area high school students (2/9/2011); Career Beginnings is a joint venture of the MetroHartford Alliance and the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • May 26, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Host Loomis Chaffee Students as Part of Alumni Shadow Day

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      • May 12, 2017

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Serves as Faculty Member of AWI Training Institute

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      • April 14, 2017

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Presents Webinar on ADA and Workplace Accommodations

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      • March 22, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present at World of Higher Education Conference

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      • November 29, 2016

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Appointed to Loomis Chaffee Head's Council

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      • November 11, 2016

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Presents at AWI Annual Conference

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      • October 20, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present at AICUM Fall Symposium 2016

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      • June 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors George W. Crawford Black Bar Association's 2016 Annual Dinner

      • October 29, 2015

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Presents on HR Troubleshooting at NBI Seminar

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      • October 19, 2015

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Presents at AWI Annual Conference

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      • July 7, 2015

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Presents to SHRM Western CT Chapter

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      • March 11, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Moderate and Coordinate CBA Event on Legal Considerations of Social Media

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      • November 18, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Honored as “New Leaders in the Law” at Celebration Dinner

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      • May 16, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Crawford 2014 Annual Dinner

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      • April 28, 2014

        Hartford Lawyer Co-chairs YWCA 'In the Company of Women' Event

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      • June 10, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer Featured in HRACC Newsletter

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      • May 28, 2013

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Crawford Annual Dinner

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      • June 22, 2012

        Associates Support Greater Hartford Arts Council Fundraiser

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      • May 10, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Stands Against Racism

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      • November 2, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Participating in Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Mentoring Program

      • October 27, 2011

        Attorney to Serve Again as Grant Panelist for Arts Council

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      • September 30, 2011

        Connecticut Law Tribune Recognizes Four Robinson & Cole Attorneys

      • June 13, 2011

        Labor and Employment Attorney Serves as Panelist at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Scholarship Reception

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      • June 3, 2011

        Labor and Employment Attorneys Discuss Legal Considerations of Telework Arrangements

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      • April 26, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Support YWCA’s Largest Annual Fundraiser

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      • April 11, 2011

        Labor and Employment Attorneys Address Social Media in the Workplace

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      • February 14, 2011

        Labor and Employment Associate Shares the Ins and Outs of a Legal Career with High School Students

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      • January 31, 2011

        YWCA of Hartford Region Elects Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson to Board

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      • December 10, 2010

        Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson to Represent Firm on Advisory Committee for Diversity

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      • October 15, 2010

        Attorney to Serve as Grant Panelist for Greater Hartford Arts Council

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      • April 26, 2010

        Attorneys Represent Robinson & Cole at George W. Crawford Black Bar Association Annual Dinner

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      R+C News Releases

      • May 26, 2017

        Chambers USA Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Practice Groups

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 3, 2016

        Eric Daniels and Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Appointed to Newly Formed Board of Ambassadors

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      • September 13, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Presents Annual Awards for Dedication and Outstanding Contributions

      • June 8, 2016

        Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson Elected to Connecticut Bar Foundation’s James W. Cooper Fellows Program

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      • May 27, 2016

        Chambers USA Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Practice Groups

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      • April 19, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Appointed to U.S. District Court Federal Grievance Committee

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      • December 28, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • May 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Earns Six Practice Area Rankings in Chambers USA 2015

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      • March 10, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer to Chair the YWCA Hartford Region’s Board of Directors

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • October 2, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Named “New Leaders in the Law”

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      • September 4, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Announces Annual Community Service and Pro Bono Awards

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      • June 17, 2014

        Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson Named One of CWEALF’s 40 Women for the Next 40 Years

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      • May 29, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Earns Rankings in Chambers USA 2014 in all Connecticut Practice Areas

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      • June 21, 2013

        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • April 3, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyer Honored with 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award by Pro Bono Partnership

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      • May 7, 2012

        R&C Associates Spend Happy Hour with First Lady Cathy Malloy

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      • January 3, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Announces Mentor of the Year Award Recipients

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