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Melissa Overbeck is an associate in the Labor Department and a member of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Group.

Melissa focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling, representing companies across a wide variety of industries in all types of employment-related matters in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies, and in arbitrations. Melissa regularly defends employers in single-plaintiff, class, and collective actions involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, breach of contract, employment-related torts, and violations of wage-and-hour laws. In addition, Melissa counsels clients in a wide range of employment matters, including workplace investigations, hiring and firing practices, and wage-and-hour audits. She also conducts sexual harassment and discrimination training, and has assisted clients in updating workplace policies and employee handbooks.

While attending Duke University School of Law, Melissa served as executive online editor of the Duke Law Journal. She also served as a law clerk in the litigation bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where she represented the state in a variety of litigations brought by or involving state employees.

On September 30, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted an employer’s motion to dismiss a Dodd-Frank whistleblower claim on the ground that the alleged whistleblower did not complain to the SEC prior to his termination.  The court also granted Plaintiff’s SOX whistleblower claim as