Melissa Hamann specializes in labor and employment law. She recognizes the need for a caring, comprehensive, and common-sense approach to favorably resolving the uniquely-human quality of employment disputes.
Melissa has significant experience advising and defending employers in cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal and state laws. While resolving disputes without litigation is often in the best interest of employers, Melissa is an experienced litigator who is ready to defend her clients in court when the need arises. She represents employers in federal and state court and before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Virginia Division of Human Rights and Fair Housing, and the Virginia Employment Commission.
Melissa advises government contractor employers on Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Act requirements related to certified payrolls, prevailing wages, and related compliance reviews. She also regularly advises employers on wage and hour compliance, employee leave and accommodation issues, and discipline and discharge matters. Additionally, she assists employers by drafting and reviewing employment agreements, employee handbooks, and other workplace policies and procedures.
Prior to beginning her legal career, Melissa served five years on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer with a nuclear engineering specialty. She continues her military service unofficially as the wife of a U.S. Navy Reservist. She and John have three young children, one fat cat, and a healthy contempt for their minivan. Melissa enjoys reading and is passionate about her faith and active in her church. She plays classical guitar very badly and sings even worse. She is really good at her favorite sport basketball . . . or was, many years ago.