Kari Hanson - Over 20 years of employment law experience
Kari is a licensed attorney and a licensed private investigator. She practiced employment law for more than 20 years, first as a plaintiff’s attorney and then for many years in the Labor and Personnel Division of the Washington Attorney General’s Office. As an Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Kari advised state agencies and institutions of higher education on a variety of employment and personnel matters, such as discipline, reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour laws, discrimination, sexual harassment, collective bargaining, labor law, and public disclosure. Kari also conducted trainings for clients, particularly on the employer obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and on sexual harassment policies.
As an AAG, Kari reviewed and advised on dozens, if not hundreds, of workplace investigations conducted by internal and external investigators. She also trained clients on conducting investigations, with a focus on investigations into employee performance or alleged policy violations.
Beginning in 2017, Kari served as the lead for the Office of the Attorney General’s Sexual Harassment Response Team, a group of employees who conduct investigations into allegations of sexual harassment. In that capacity, she conducted investigations or assigned, reviewed, consulted on, and monitored investigations conducted by others. Kari also conducted investigations for the Office of the Attorney General, including climate assessments and investigations into alleged gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
Kari left the Attorney General’s Office in late 2019 to open Sound Workplace Investigations. Since that time, she has conducted investigations on issues such as sexual harassment; race, gender, and ethnicity discrimination; and retaliation. She has also investigated whistleblower complaints and conducted climate assessments.
Kari holds a B.A. in English and a Master of Arts in teaching from Duke University. In 1994, she received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. She served as an editor on the Seattle University Law Review.
She is admitted to practice in all Washington state and federal courts.