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Varnum Welcomes Sweeny to Labor and Employment Team

August 24, 2015

Varnum is pleased to announce that attorney Bethany S. Sweeny has joined the firm's labor and employment team. She will be based in Varnum's Detroit office.

Sweeny focuses her practice on employment litigation involving claims of harassment, retaliation and discrimination, as well as FMLA, wage and hour and whistleblower claims. She also routinely advises employers on a wide range of employment-related issues.  She works with clients in diverse industries including automotive, manufacturing, retail, computer gaming, and health care.  She has practiced extensively in both state and federal courts, as well as before various administrative agencies.

Sweeny joins the firm from Kerr Russell and was previously a shareholder at Butzel Long. Before entering the private practice of law, she had an extensive career in higher education, working for both Yale University and the University of Michigan in a variety of capacities. Sweeny is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School, University of Michigan School of Social Work, and Kalamazoo College.

In the community, Sweeny is a member of SafeHouse Center (Ann Arbor) Board of Directors, where she also serves on the Personnel Committee. She formerly served as corporate counsel for the Detroit Parent Network, a Detroit nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen parental involvement in homes, schools and communities.

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