Sandra A. Maddox Britt is a Senior Counsel in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Washington, D.C. office, where she utilizes her extensive strategic planning experience, vision and direction to focus her practice on employment and civil rights law. Sandra represents federal and private sector clients with employment discrimination claims arising out of civil rights laws related to race, sex, national origin, retaliation, color, disability, and age. She has extensive experience in combating discrimination that violates Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Age Discrimination in Employment, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Executive Order 13672 (prohibiting discrimination in the civilian federal workforce based on gender identity and the hiring of federal contractors on the basis of both gender identity and sexual orientation), and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (that allow people to sue the government for civil rights violations including excessive police force). Sandra ensures that business clients understand their rights and adhere to their responsibilities under the applicable civil rights laws and that they remain in compliance with them in order to avoid penalties and lawsuits that take away from the businesses’ bottom line.
For proactive companies interested in creating or enhancing multicultural and diverse environments, Sandra assists in reviewing, creating and implementing Affirmative Action Programs and strategic plans for recruitment, retention, organizational growth and development. To assist clients in creating and nurturing a workplace of respect and inclusion, Sandra provides training in sexual harassment prevention, investigating sexual harassment claims, employer and employee rights and responsibilities under various civil rights laws, and setting up internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) procedures and compliance. For private sector companies that contract with the federal government, Sandra’s extensive background in government contracting provides a wealth of knowledge that includes contract review, bid protest, and compliance.
A certified mediator and collaborative lawyer, Sandra consistently delivers forward-thinking, strategic expertise, along with critical analysis and problem-solving skills to help identify innovative solutions for her clients. By analyzing data, trends and employee and management input, she creates in-house systems designed to mitigate potential legal employment risks and disputes.
Prior to joining Tully Rinckey, Sandra was Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Services Division of Management Solutions Consulting Group, Inc. (MSCG, Inc.), a government- contracting corporation in Lanham, MD. In this position, Sandra created and staffed a new EEO Services Division, capable of processing work from multiple federal agencies with multiple budgets; provided day-to-day supervision of a staff that collaborated to reduce a 200-case backlog at a federal agency that had accumulated over 10 years. She also created a Mediation Division that helped reduce formal EEO complaint filings in federal agencies that MSCG, Inc. served by 35 percent.
Sandra was previously the Managing Partner of a law firm in Silver Spring, Md., where she represented individuals whose rights were violated by private and public sector entities. In addition, she represented businesses in various legal matters ensuring compliance with numerous federal regulations including OSHA Act and applicable civil rights laws. Sandra also helped clients define and meet their diversity and inclusion goals thereby creating more productive and creative work environments.
As Owner and Director of EEO Services for Work Environment Specialists, LLC, a government contracting company in Silver Spring, MD., Sandra gained extensive hands-on experience and in-depth understanding of federal contracting, technical proposal writing, bid protests, and more. She trained EEO counselors and EEO Investigators in 32-hour and 8-hour certification courses, and provided training in writing Accept/Dismiss letters.
As an Attorney for a Washington, D.C. civil rights law firm, Sandra represented both private sector plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and administrative bodies in employment discrimination cases and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 cases.
Sandra obtained her law degree from The American University, Washington College of Law. She obtained a bachelor of arts degree with a concentration in Philosophy, Religion, and Education, from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Sandra is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. She serves her community as a member of The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. An advocate for education, she is a board member and legal counsel for the Mary’s Way Foundation LLC and Sponsorship Committee member on the Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation.
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