Tracey Holmes Donesky devotes her practice to employment and labor issues.
Tracey has a variety of class and collective action experience, litigating Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective and state law class actions. Clients have engaged her to represent them in various states involving federal and state wage and hour claims relating to off-the-clock work, donning and doffing, overtime pay, minimum wage, gratuity and expense reimbursement claims.
She also counsels clients on a variety of wage and hour issues including classification determinations and assistance with DOL audits. Based on her skills and experience representing management in the defense of wage and hour litigation, Tracey was selected for membership in the Wage and Hour Defense Institute (WHDI). The WHDI serves as a nationwide network and meeting ground for selected practitioners who regularly practice wage and hour litigation and provides an established resource to employers on wage and hour matters.
A popular presenter on a variety of FLSA topics, Tracey recently spoke on wage and hour issues at the MinnCap conference, the firm’s annual Construction Law Seminar, the Southern Minnesota Society for Human Resources Management, and spoke as a panelist on “Recent Trends in FLSA Collective Actions” at the 2010 Federal Bar Association (FBA) Seminar held at the Guthrie Theater.
Tracey also represents a variety of clients on counseling issues related to hiring, discipline, medical leaves of absence, requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Tracey also represents clients in state and federal court as well as before administrative agencies on a variety of employment issues, including employment discrimination, noncompete/nondisclosure claims and OSHA whistleblower claims under 49 U.S.C. 20109. Tracey also regularly counsels and represents clients in litigation relating to noncompete, nonsolicitation and nondisclosure claims.
With a particular expertise in the railroad and transportation industries, Tracey is currently a member of the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) General Counsel Committee, where she serves as the designated representative for railroad OSHA whistleblower-related matters. She has assisted railroad industry clients with claims brought before OSHA and the Department of Labor on such claims.
Tracey is a frequent speaker on the above-referenced subjects, including in particular the OSHA whistleblower topic, about which she has spoken at numerous railroad-industry focused conferences and meetings, including the AAR General Claims Conference, Boulder, CO, (September 2011); Railroad Liability Conference, Milwaukee, WI, (June 2011); Central and Pacific ASLRRA Regional Meeting in Kansas City, MO, and the ASLRRA National Convention.
Prior to joining Stinson Leonard Street, Tracey served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John. R. Tunheim, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Before attending law school, Tracey graduated from the University of Kentucky where she earned a B.A. in English and played as a scholarship athlete on the Women’s Division I NCAA Collegiate Golf Team from 1991-1995. She was the 1996 NCAA Walter Byers Post-Graduate scholarship recipient, which is awarded to just one female and one male student athlete each year for graduate studies.