Karen C. Carrera, Esq., AWI-CH
Provides harassment and discrimination trainings and develops policies and procedures for employers, in both English and Spanish. Ms. Carrera is a Certificate Holder, Association of Workplace Investigators.
Villegas Carrera, Inc. (VC) co-Principal, Karen Carrera conducts investigations for both public and private employers in response to employee complaints of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, bullying, and other alleged employee misconduct. She speaks Spanish fluently and regularly conducts investigations in which she interviews witnesses in Spanish. Ms. Carrera also provides expert witness testimony on the adequacy of workplace investigations, training, policies and other employment-related matters. She also provides harassment and discrimination trainings and develops policies and procedures for employers, in both English and Spanish. Ms. Carrera is a Certificate Holder, Association of Workplace Investigators.
In 2009, Ms. Carrera joined the faculty of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, as an adjunct professor.
Ms. Carrera is co-President of the Marin Trial Lawyer’s Association and a member of the board of the Marin County Women’s Lawyers. She serves as a volunteer attorney for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and is a member of the California State Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section. She also serves as a pro bono mediator for the San Francisco Bar Association’s and Marin Superior Court’s Early Settlement Programs.
Ms. Carrera is a 1992 graduate of Hastings College of the Law, the University of California, where she served as the student body president during her third year. She became a member of the California State Bar in 1993. She earned her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in May 1988. Ms. Carrera became a member of the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu in 1986.
Our employer client was involved in very difficult and complicated harassment claims involving two female employees who were monolingual Spanish speakers. We searched high and low across the state for a Spanish speaking workplace investigator who was a native speaker and who possessed an adequate amount of experience in California employment law. Enter Karen Carrera – she fit the profile perfectly and dived into our case at a moment’s notice. Through Karen’s investigation, we were able to gain a thorough, accurate, and unbiased portrait of what most likely happened. From an employer’s perspective, we valued Karen’s background and experience representing plaintiffs and it was ultimately Karen’s investigation that made a critical difference in our case. We recommend Karen as a workplace investigator for any employer with a significant Spanish speaking workforce.”
On-site Training or Live Webinars
Ms. Carrera offers onsite sexual and workplace harrassment training.
Ms. Carrera offers recorded webinars that fulfill state requirements for sexual and workplace harassment trainings.
Ms. Carrera offers workplace investigation services for incidents of sexual or workplace harassment.