Sara is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and attended law school at the University of Richmond. She is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During law school, Ms. McDonough's studies and work experience focused on the fields of employment law and employment discrimination law. Ms. McDonough completed an externship at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) field office in Richmond, VA. She worked closely with an EEOC attorney and investigators on cases involving employment discrimination on the basis of religion, sexual harassment, race, color, and retaliation. Additionally, Ms. McDonough interned with the Disability Law Center of Virginia (formerly Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy), an organization that advocates and provides legal services for persons with disabilities.
Disabled employees who require maximum flexibility in their work schedules have received a show of support from the DC Court of Appeals in the recent decision of Solomon v. Vilsack, (No. 12-5123, 8/14), which held that a "maxiflex schedule" -- one that allows an employee to come in late, leave early and work late, as needed -- can be a reasonable accommodation for a disability so long as that person fulfills their weekly hours.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released a new guidance expanding protections for pregnant workers.