Carita Austin

Associate

Overview

Carita Austin is a versatile advocate who advises employers on their labor and employment law needs. She brings a dynamic mindset to her clients with her depth of experience, including having worked as a National Labor Relations Board attorney and in-house secondments with a Fortune 500 company and a global healthcare company.

Carita has a national practice in both the private and public sector, working with clients in diverse industry groups, including automotive supply, manufacturing, food/agribusiness, healthcare, construction and educational institutions. Carita collaborates with employers to help them comply with complex state and federal employment and labor laws, including in front of the NLRB and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

She assists clients with arbitrations, employment litigation, contract negotiations, workplace investigations, union representation campaigns, administrative agency defense, ethics and compliance management support, supervisor trainings, and employee handbook/social media policy review.

Carita is known for her excellent and responsive client service. She develops meaningful client relationships while learning her clients’ businesses, and she strives to make her clients feel at ease. Moreover, as a native Spanish speaker, she effectively communicates across languages and cultures while working with employers and workforces 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

  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • 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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