Kathleen Thomas is an attorney with an extensive background advocating for workers' rights within the United States and abroad.
Kathleen's passion for promoting workers' rights first developed during her legal internships in Southwestern India. She worked with a women-run union of workers who experienced serious rights violation including harassment, violence, discrimination, and unsafe working conditions.
Kathleen conducted numerous fact-finding investigations into human rights abuses, including investigations into the working conditions for women and the LGBT community in Haiti, India, and the US. In 2013, she worked with a human rights legal team collecting data, interviewing, and documenting the violence against women and the LGBT community in post-earthquake Haiti. She co-authored a report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee highlighting the pervasive human rights violations continuing in post-earthquake Haiti. She also conducted UN High Commission of Refugees trainings to demystify complex human rights law to local women's rights group.
After working on workers' rights issues abroad, Kathleen recognized that serious workplace violations were happening in her hometown of New York, and that her diverse legal background would benefit individuals who experienced discrimination, unpaid wages, serious injuries, and trauma as a result of illegal workplace practices and employer negligence. She joined the Hofmann & Schweitzer team to fight for New York and New Jersey workers who have suffered as a result of workplace violations and unsafe working conditions.
Kathleen graduated from the City University of New York School of Law where she was president of the International Law Society and board member of the Public Interest Law Association. She received the American Society of International Law Helton fellowship and the Public Interest Law Association grant for her work on workers' rights issues.
- New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, Long Island City, New York
- Juris Doctor - January, 2014
- The City College of New York (CCNY), New York, New York
- Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Culture and Communication) - May, 2008
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
- New York County Law Association, Labor Relations & Employment Law Committee