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Ms. Pohlid

Kathleen Pohlid

Founder & Managing Member, Pohlid, PLLC

Kathleen Pohlid is the founder and managing member of the law firm of Pohlid, PLLC in the Nashville, Tennessee area. She advises business clients in matters including employment, occupational safety and health, Americans with Disabilities Act (accommodation & discrimination) and regulatory compliance. Her goal is to enable clients to comply with the myriad of state and federal laws to succeed in their business, mindful of the challenges facing businesses and the importance of cost effectiveness. She has advised and represented businesses in a variety of industries including restaurants, hotels, and other entities in the tourism and hospitality industries. Ms. Pohlid has over 20 years of combined federal government and private sector experience in employment law and litigation. She has represented clients in various industries including construction, restaurant and hotel services, entertainment, media and publication, transportation, fuel/energy services, retail, manufacturing, and other sectors of business. Ms. Pohlid holds an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell (highest for professional competency and ethics), a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a J.D. from Samford University. Following law school, Ms. Pohlid served a federal clerkship to the Honorable T. Michael Putnam, U.S. Magistrate, Northern District of Alabama. She formerly represented the Secretary of Labor as a trial attorney for twelve years with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor before going into private practice representing business clients in various industries. Ms. Pohlid is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Associated General Contractors of America. She regularly writes and speaks professionally on employment law and regulatory compliance matters. In 2010, Ms. Pohlid retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel, having served two combat deployments. Her military duty assignments include duty in Japan, Djibouti, Africa and Iraq. Ms. Pohlid is also a former columnist for The Birmingham News for which she wrote a weekly column for 15 years profiling volunteers and their contributions to the community. She is an avid traveler and has visited all 50 states and six continents.

Please visit http://www.pohlid.com for more information.

Ms. Pohlid can be contacted at 615-369-0810 or kpohlid@pohlid.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.