Germaine Winnick Willett practices in the Firm's Labor, Employment, and Immigration Section. She focuses her practice primarily on employment litigation matters, assisting clients with employment discrimination, wage and hour, contract, and other employment-related litigation. She also advises clients on a broad range of issues including proper handling of employee complaints, employment termination, employee leave and accommodation issues, and employment policies. She has represented clients in Indiana's state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies.

During the course of her career, Germaine has written articles and prepared presentations for professsional associations and seminars on a variety of employment law topics. Germaine also has experience litigating products liability, general tort, and asbestos cases.

Germaine is originally from Cloverdale, Ind. She received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from DePauw University in 1994. She earned her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1998. She was a student note editor for the Indiana Law Journal and published a note in the journal titled, "Equality Under the Law or Annihilation of Marriage and Morals? The Same-Sex Marriage Debate." She is a regular contributor to Ice Miller's Informed Employer Briefing.

Germaine joined Ice Miller in August 1998. She is admitted to practice in all Indiana state Courts, the U.S. District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Reported and Representative Cases
  • Scales v. Zion Tabernacle Family Life Center, 1:11-cv-1693-WTL-MJD (S.D. Ind., Nov. 27, 2013) (ruling on Motion to Dismiss)
  • Bessong v. Exel, Inc., 1:11-cv-01239-RLY (S.D. Ind., Aug. 16, 2013) (Summary Judgment ruling)
  • Eastes v. ACS Human Services, LLC, 822 F. Supp.2d 843 (N.D. Ind. 2011) (Summary Judgment ruling)
  • Roof v. Whitestone Acquisition Corp., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107500 (S.D. Ind., Oct. 4, 2010) (Summary Judgment ruling)
  • Hutchison v. Old Indiana Ltd. Liability Co., 714 N.E.2d 789 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Metcalf v. Estate of Hastings, 726 N.E.2d 372 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Zurich American Ins. Group v. Wynkoop, 746 N.E.2d 985 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
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Published In
  • "Time to Reexamine Your Thinking about Workplace Harassment," published in Inside Indiana Business, March 20, 2017
  • "Think S.P.R.I.N.G," Indiana News 92, Association of Indiana Counties Inc., March/April 2016 issue
  • "Be Careful What You Wish For, or Be Careful What You Give?  Adverse Employment Actions Can Lurk in Surprising Places," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, February 9, 2015
  • "'Ban the Box' - A New Law in Indianapolis:  And Is it Coming Soon to a City Near You?" Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, April 21, 2014
  • "Do the Math:  Court Takes Account of Economic Impact of Temporary Job Reassignments," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, January 24, 2014
  • "An Alternative to Rule 28(E) For Service of Non-Party Discovery," Indiana Lawyer, June 5, 2013
  • "Sticks and Stones . . . Wait a Minute, Names Can Hurt You," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, September 26, 2012
  • "The Serial Complainer," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, July 20, 2011
  • "Independent Contractor or Employee? Know the Difference or Pay the Consequences," Sites Magazine, January 2011
  • "Worker Misclassification December 2010 Update: Independent Contractor or Employee? Know the Difference or Pay the Consequences" Ice Miller Special Bulletin E-Alert, December 16, 2010
  • "Efforts to Root Out Worker Misclassification Expand," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, May 26, 2010
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Takes Burden of Proof Off Employers in Age Cases," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, June 24, 2009
  • "Together Forever or Nothing Left to Lose? The Court of Appeals Broadly Construes 'Good Will' in Non-Compete Agreement," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, May 27, 2009
  • "Save it for a Rainy Day: Consequences for Destroying Records," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, Nov. 6, 2008
  • "Defending the FMLA Restoration Case – Is Your Legitimate Business Reason Air-tight?" Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, April 3, 2008
  • "More than Words - The Danger of Oral Modification to Employment Agreements," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, Jan. 17, 2008
  • "New Leave Requirement," Informed Employer Briefing Weekly, June 28, 2007
  • Author, Note Published in Volume 73, Indiana Law Journal, 1997
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter: "Strategies to Improve Your Chance of Success in Unemployment Compensation Claims," Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2016 Advanced Human Resources Management Seminar, July 22 and August 12, 2016
  • Presenter: "Strategies to Improve Your Chance for Success in Unemployment Compensation Claims," Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Human Resources Conference & Expo, April 20, 2016
  • Presenter: "The Department of Labor's Proposed White Collar Exemption Regulation," Women Presidents' Organization, July 14, 2015
  • Presenter: "Determining Compensable Working Time Under the FLSA," Indiana Chamber of Commerce Wage & Hour Law Seminar, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Program Chair: "Women's Legal History: Major Movements and Local Impact," Indianapolis Bar Association Seminar, October 23, 2012
  • Presenter: "Litigation Avoidance: Investigate, Don't Retaliate," Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual HR Conference, May 1, 2012
  • Presenter: "Employer Investigation of Employee Complaints," South Central Indiana Human Resources Association Annual HR Conference, April 20, 2012
  • Presenter: "Unemployment Compensation: Practical Advice for Handling Hearings and Appeals," Lorman Education Services' Unemployment Insurance 101 Seminar, March 14, 2012
  • Presenter: "Traditional Reasons for Leave and New Forms of FMLA Leave," Lorman Education Services' Administering the Family and Medical Leave Act Seminar, December 8, 2011
  • Moderator: "Meet the Client," IndyBar Women, Law & Leadership Symposium, October 6, 2011
  • Presenter: "Investigate, Don't Retaliate! Proper Handling of Employee Complaints," Indiana State Council of SHRM, Annual Conference, August 30, 2011
  • Presenter: "The Employer's Investigation of Harassment Complaints," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, May 4, 2011
  • Presenter: "FLSA Overtime for Governmental Employers," Association of Indiana Counties HR Diploma Seminar, January 21, 2011
  • Presenter: “Employment Law Potpourri for Nonprofits,” Community Development Law Center CLE Seminar, November 16, 2010
  • Presenter: "Independent Contractor or Employee? Know the Difference or Pay the Consequences," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Workers Compensation Seminar, November 5, 2010
  • Presenter: "Independent Contractor or Employee? Know the Difference or Pay the Consequences," Indianapolis Chapter of NAWBO's Circle of Learning Series, October 19, 2010
  • Presenter: "Independent Contractor or Employee? Know the Difference or Pay the Consequences," Ice Miller LLP Alumni Seminar, October 14, 2010
  • Presenter: "Independent Contractor or Employee? Know the Difference or Pay the Consequences," Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual HR Conference, May 6, 2010
  • Presenter: “Unemployment Compensation: Practical Advice for Handling Hearings and Appeals,” Indianapolis Bar Association, February 3, 2010
  • Presenter: "To Pay or Not to Pay? That is the Question for Employers Faced with FLSA Compliance," Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual HR Conference, May 6, 2009
  • Presenter: "General Requirements of the FLSA," Association of Indiana Counties, January 23, 2009
  • Presenter: "Documentation and Record Keeping," Lorman Education Services' Employee Discharge and Documentation Seminar, December 12, 2008
  • Presenter: "Pregnancy, Parental Leave, and Child Illness," Indianapolis Bar Association, November 18, 2008
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