Carita Austin

Associate

Overview

Carita Austin advocates for and advises employers in traditional labor matters and employment litigation, including administrative agency defense in front of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

With a focus on arbitrations, contract negotiations, union representation campaigns, defense of unfair labor practice charges, supervisor trainings, and consultation of employee handbooks and social media policies, Carita has a national practice serving clients in both the private and public sector. Carita works with diverse industry groups, including automotive supply, manufacturing, food/agribusiness, construction, and educational institutions.

Using several years of experience as a NLRB field attorney, Carita collaborates with employers to help them comply with complex state and federal employment and labor laws, including swiftly navigating the NLRB’s quick timelines compared to other agencies and court proceedings.

In addition to her expertise in labor management relations, Carita’s signature is her excellent client service. She develops meaningful client relationships and learns her clients’ business, inside and out. A native Spanish speaker, Carita effectively communicates across languages and cultures and enjoys working with clients from all walks of life.

Personal Interests

Carita enjoys traveling with her husband and her three sons, attending concerts, and playing the piano. Her passions include mentoring students and serving on a non-profit board advocating for pediatric cancer awareness and research.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Certifications

EEOC Training Institute — Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Counselor

Languages

Spanish

Education

Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. Federal Communications Law Journal (lead managing editor) (2011)

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
B.A. in Political Science (2008)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Employer Handbook Guidance After Boeing Decision
    The Indiana Lawyer, March 2019
  • Post-Hire and Post-Termination Employment Policies
    Editor, Chapter 13, Indiana Employment Law Handbook, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 13th ed., 2017
  • Indiana Employment Law Letter
    Contributing Author, 2017-present

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Latino Alumni Advisory Board, 2018-present 
  • Go Gold Crew — Board of Directors, 2017-present (Treasurer, 2017-present)

Honors

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity Fellow; Board of Visitors Scholar
  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018 
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