Natacha Thomas

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Natacha Thomas, Esq.

Attorney Thomas currently works as labor counsel for a municipal employer.  She represents her client in litigation involving labor-management disputes such as contract interpretation and discipline, advises management regarding legal and policy considerations in labor relations, and assists in the administration of collective bargaining agreements.

Prior to her role as labor counsel, Attorney Thomas was the founder and principal of The Law Office of Natacha Thomas, an employment law solo practice.   She handled a wide range of employment law matters, including: employment discrimination before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, wage and hour, and the Family Medical Leave Act.  She also counseled clients on non-litigation matters such as employment agreements and negotiating severance.

Attorney Thomas was a 2005 Equal Justice Works/Greenberg Traurig Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Employment Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services.  As an EJW Fellow she created and implemented a three-part fellowship project to increase access to free legal representation in the Haitian community, by: 1. advocating for the rights of nurse’s aides; 2. representing individual clients in employment matters, such as the denial of unemployment insurance and non-payment of wages; and 3. improving access to tax credits in the Haitian community.   The breadth of her representation involved judicial and administrative litigation.

Her background in employment law also encompasses community lawyering and executive lobbying.  She has conducted numerous Immigrant Workers’ Rights workshops to empower social justice within immigrant communities.  As a result of her community outreach and client representation, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination initiated employment testing after Attorney Thomas identified areas of employment where Haitian nurse’s aides faced discriminatory treatment and lobbied the agency to effectuate change.  Similarly, Attorney Thomas led the efforts of the Boston taxi drivers to reform the taxi industry and provide sustaining wages and better working conditions by educating policy makers about systemic issues.

Her experiences as both plaintiffs’ and management counsel, has strengthened her ability to analyze complex legal issues from both perspectives.

Ms. Thomas received her Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston College.

Education
Juris Doctorate, Suffolk University Law School
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Boston College

Member
Boston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Committee
Women’s Bar Association

Languages
Fluent in Haitian Creole
Proficient in French

Community Service
Member, Advisory Board, Boston Taxi Driver’s Association, 2013-present
Member, Women’s Bar Association, Plaintiffs Amicus Group, 2013-2014
Member, Executive Board, Haitian Multi-Service Center, 2005-2013
Member, Executive Board, Haitian Coalition, 2005- 2008
Member, Immigrant Occupational Health Grant Advisory Committee, 2006-2007
Member, Advisory Committee, Haitian Multi-Service Center, 2006- 2014
Panelist, Boston Bar Association: Taxpayer Rights in Audits and Collection Proceedings, 2007
Presenter, Haitian Multi-Service Center Speaker Series: Haiti and Dominican Republic: A Cultural Divide

Recognition
2014 Massachusetts Supreme Court Pro Bono Honor Roll
Women’s Bar Association, Women’s Leadership Initiative class of 2013-2014**
2005-2007 Equal Justice Works/Greenberg Traurig Fellow

** The Women’s Leadership Initiative is a Women’s Bar Association program that brings together senior women attorneys and up and coming stars of the legal profession for mentoring and leadership development