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Rae T. Vann

Rae T. Vann



Rae Vann represents and advises employers on all major federal, state, and local employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Rae has more than 25 years of experience representing and advising corporate clients on workplace compliance matters. She provides counsel to businesses on mitigating individual and systemic discrimination risks, establishing effective alternative dispute resolution procedures, conducting thorough and effective workplace harassment and other misconduct investigations, and other labor and employment matters.

Her experience includes:

  • Conducting effective investigations of alleged unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
  • Advising employers on defending charges of discrimination before the EEOC and state and local fair employment practices agencies
  • Advising federal contractors on OFCCP-enforced affirmative action obligations and representing them in agency-initiated compliance evaluations
  • Advising clients on developing, refining, and operationalizing their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs
  • Analyzing and distilling significant employment-related developments within the judicial, executive, and legislative branches
  • Performing self-critical analyses and internal audits of employment policies and practices for clients
  • Developing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with labor and employment law requirements

Rae was recently engaged on behalf of a higher education client to serve as interim vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and compliance. She previously served for more than a decade as the senior vice president and general counsel of the Center for Workplace Compliance, the preeminent national employer association formerly known as the Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC). There, she advocated for the development of sound workplace policy in the courts and before federal regulatory agencies, including authoring numerous amicus curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. Rae also authored comments and testified before the U.S. Congress and the EEOC on a range of equal employment opportunity and workplace compliance matters.

As a member of the EEOC's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, Rae helped guide development of a detailed set of recommendations to help employers prevent workplace harassment. The recommendations were released in June 2016, ahead of the international #MeToo movement.

Rae is a nationally recognized speaker and author on labor and employment issues. Her thought leadership has been featured in media including the Wall Street JournalBloomberg Law, Law360, National Law Journal, National Public Radio, PBS NewsHour, Politico, and Reuters.

Rae also serves as vice president of Core Triangle Consulting LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based human resources risk management consultancy. A Carlton Fields company, Core Triangle’s mission is to help organizations of all sizes — from every sector and industry — to minimize workplace risk and develop and advance world-class programs and strategies that attract, retain, and support a talented, diverse, and productive workforce.


Representative Selection of U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Epic Systems, Inc. v. Lewis (Class Arbitration) (2017)
  • MHN Government Services, Inc. v. Zaborowski (FAA Preemption) (2015)
  • Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo (Rule 23 Class Certification) (2015)
  • Young v. UPS (Title VII Pregnancy Accommodations) (2015)
  • Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC (Conciliation) (2015)
  • EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores (Title VII Religious Accommodations) (2015)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar (Title VII Retaliation) (2013)
  • Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (Rule 23 Class Certification) (2013)
  • AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion (FAA Preemption) (2011)
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes (Rule 23 Class Certification) (2011)
  • Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. (Age Discrimination in Employment Act) (2009)

Representative Selection of Congressional and Federal Agency Testimony

  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections (May 23, 2017)
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Meeting on Rebooting Workplace Harassment Prevention Efforts (June 20, 2016)
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Meeting on Development of a Quality Control Plan for Private Sector Investigations and Conciliations (March 20, 2013)

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Professional & Community Involvement

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Select Task Force on Harassment
  • National Bar Association
    • Commercial Law Section
    • Women Lawyers Division, Greater Washington Area Chapter
  • The Institute for Workplace Equality
    • Faculty Member
    • Artificial Intelligence Technical Advisory Committee
  • American Employment Law Council (AELC)
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
    • Board of Directors
  • Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
    • Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements

  • "Preparing for New Federal Vaccine Mandates: What Businesses Need to Know," Carlton Fields (November 9, 2021)
  • "Advancing Fairness at Work Through Robust – and EEO-Compliant – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts," 2021 ACLI Annual Conference (October 12, 2021)
  • "What Contractors Need to Know About Federal Vaccine Mandates and New 'Safer Federal Workforce' Guidance," Carlton Fields (October 5, 2021)
  • "2021 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey Results," Carlton Fields and the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section (September 29, 2021)
  • "Performance Feedback in the Age of Cancel Culture," Core Triangle Consulting and The Norfus Firm (September 20, 2021)  
  • "The Biden Administration’s First Six Months – What’s Changed and What Hasn't…," National Industry Liaison Group 2021 National Conference, Nashville, TN (August 1, 2021)
  • "Practical Issues for Transitioning to a Post-Pandemic Workplace" (June 15, 2021)
  • "Implementing Effective – and Legally Defensible – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Programs," Carlton Fields (May 19, 2021)
  • "The Second Pandemic: Social Justice, Racial Bias, and DEI," Carlton Fields (April 13, 2021)
  • "The Biden Administration’s First 60 Days: How New and Anticipated Changes in Federal Labor and Employment Policy May Impact U.S. Businesses," Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum (March 26, 2021)
  • "Historical Barriers: Challenges and Opportunities for Female Lawyers of Color," Connecticut Bar Association (February 24, 2021)
  • "The Government Construction Contractor Transition: Making the Plunge From Commercial to Government Work," Carlton Fields (February 18, 2021)
  • "Raising the Bar: Deploying AI and Other Data Analytics Tools to Boost Workplace Harassment Prevention Efforts," Institute for Workplace Equality (February 16, 2021)
  • "Understanding the Opportunity Divide and Its Impact on Corporate America," Greater Washington Board of Trade (February 9, 2021)
  • "Annual Legislative Update," National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Washington, D.C. Chapter, Washington, D.C. (January 21, 2021)
  • "Staying Safe in a COVID-19 World: Corporate Due Diligence and Job Site Safety for Construction Companies," Carlton Fields (December 8, 2020)
  • "Workplace Accommodation and Leave Challenges 2020," Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (October 29, 2020)
  • "Lessons Learned – Navigating the Other Dimensions of Workplace Harassment," BCGi Fall Summit (October 27, 2020)
  • "Gauging the Impact on Employers of the 2020 Presidential Election – A View From the Nation's Capital," Carlton Fields (September 30, 2020)
  • "Avoiding ADA Compliance Pitfalls in a COVID-19 World," CUPA-HR (September 24, 2020)
  • "COVID-19: What a Lender Can Do to Prepare for the Inevitable Defaults – Part Two," Carlton Fields (March 31, 2020)
  • "COVID-19 Workplace Issues," Carlton Fields (March 26, 2020)
  • "Annual Legislative Update," National Association of African Americans in Human Resources Washington, D.C. Chapter, Washington, D.C. (January 30, 2020)
  • "Workplace Accommodation and Leave Challenges 2019," Practising Law Institute, New York, NY (November 5, 2019)
  • Briefing: Pay Equity in the Lodging Industry, American Hotel & Lodging Association, Human Resources Committee Meeting (September 12, 2019)
  • “Employment Trainings: What Works, What Doesn’t, and At What Risk,” 2019 National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (April 5, 2019)
  • "Mandatory Arbitration, Class Action Waivers, and Other Employment Contract Agreements," 12th Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School (May 22, 2018)
  • U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, EEOC Litigation Summit (June 9, 2015)
  • Guest, PBS NewsHour (February 25, 2015)
  • "For People Fired for Being Gay, Old Court Case Becomes a New Tool," National Public Radio, (November 10, 2014)


  • University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 1990)
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Connecticut
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit


  • Managing Partner, NT Lakis LLP, Washington, D.C. (2015–2019)
  • Partner, NT Lakis LLP, Washington, D.C. (2008–2015)
  • Of Counsel, NT Lakis LLP, Washington, D.C. (2007–2008)
  • Associate Attorney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford, CT (2006)
  • EPL Claims Examiner, Chubb Specialty Insurance, Simsbury, CT (2004–2006)
  • Associate Attorney, NT Lakis LLP, Washington, D.C. (2000–2003)
  • Special Counsel, New Haven Public Schools, New Haven, CT (1998–2000)
  • Associate Attorney, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C., Hartford, CT (1996–1998)
  • Assistant Commission Counsel, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Hartford, CT (1994–1996)


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