Kaite Robidoux is a writer at heart and a lover of art. She has a Master of Arts in Literature and a Master of Fine Arts, she has been a poetry editor, and she taught writing and rhetoric to college freshmen before deciding to turn to law. Kaite’s educational and teaching background provides a strong foundation for conducting in-depth research and drafting poignant legal briefs and clear policies. She is adept at spotting weaknesses in arguments and strives to draft “air tight” briefs that expose fissures in opponents’ arguments.
Kaite’s legal practice focuses in the area of labor and employment law, and she spends the majority of her time drafting arbitration briefs, pleadings, appellate briefs, and everything in between. Kaite is well versed in drafting non-litigation documents such as severance agreements, employee handbooks and policies, and presentations on workplace issues. Her writing capability is a valuable asset to her clients both in and out of the courtroom.
Kaite also uses her skills as a contributing member of the firm’s Higher Education Team with regard to employment and other matters.
- Drafted a complaint and a motion to vacate an arbitration award on the ground that the arbitrator exceeded the scope of his authority – the case is now pending in federal court
- Drafted a motion to vacate another arbitration award and drafted appellate documents filed in the Fourth Circuit
- Drafted a motion to quash a union’s information request/motion for a protective order in an arbitration
- Prepared discovery requests, trial court motions, and appellate briefs for chemical manufacturer, which prevailed at trial against corporate executive in breach of confidentiality/duty of loyalty and misappropriation of trade secrets case
- Drafted a presentation for a national insurance company to update its adjusters on employment law
- Drafted many other employment-based presentations for local businesses on various employment law topics, including EEO matters, harassment, documentation, discrimination, investigations, social media, and hiring and firing issues
- Drafted motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in many cases, including many wrongful discharge cases
- Drafted employers’ position statements for discrimination claims before the EEOC
- Defended employers in state court against claims of discrimination and harassment under West Virginia common law and the West Virginia Human Rights Act
- Defended employers in state court against claims under the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act
- Defended employers’ decisions to discipline employees for rules violations and just cause in arbitration actions
- Represented employers in labor disputes in federal court and in arbitrations
- Defended employers in federal court against a claim of deliberate intent (workplace injury)
- Defended ski resorts in state court in various types of actions, including slip-and-falls, skiing accidents, and water drainage
- J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
- M.F.A. University of California, Riverside
- M.A. West Virginia University
- B.A. West Virginia Wesleyan College
- Past Member Board of Directors, Job Squad, Inc.
- Senior Research Editor, West Virginia Law Review
- Order of the Coif
- CALI Awards in Legal Research and Writing; Contracts; Appellate Advocacy; Lawyers and Legislation Seminar
- “LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace,” West Virginia Hospital Human Resources Association Webinar, July 2019
- “Respect is Key to Promoting Workplace Diversity,” Diversity Insight, June 2019
Author, Chapter 38 (“Survey of American Statutes of Limitations”), Medical Legal Handbook, Juris Publishing 2018
- “Respect is Key to Promoting Workplace Diversity,” West Virginia Employment Law Letter, March 2019
- “New Laws Aim to Curb Workplace Sexual Harassment,” West Virginia Employment Law Letter, August 2018
- “The EEOC: 2017 Trends and Predictions for 2018,” West Virginia Employment Law Letter, January 2018
- “Did You Pass? New Law Expands and Limits Drug and Alcohol Testing,” West Virginia Employment Law Letter, August 2017
- “Employment-related Postings Required in West Virginia,” West Virginia Employment Law Letter, February 2017