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Ms. Rachel Petro is an associate with Gilbert Employment Law, focusing on the representation of both federal and private sector employees involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as well as violations of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and related state and local laws. Ms. Petro's practice includes litigating on behalf of clients in federal and state courts, as well as administrative forums such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit Systems Protection Board.
Prior to joining Gilbert Employment Law as an associate in 2021, Ms. Petro served as a law clerk with Gilbert Employment Law. In addition, Ms. Petro served as a legal intern with Kids In Need of Defense and Ayuda providing pro bono legal services for immigration matters. As a student attorney with the Civil Advocacy Clinic, Ms. Petro represented employees in wage and hour disputes and to obtain disability accommodations from the District of Columbia Housing Authority. Ms. Petro was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and participated in the 2020 ABA Arbitration Competition. Ms. Petro was also a member of the Human Rights Brief. Ms. Petro speaks Spanish and worked as a Spanish language interpreter for her law school's clinical program. Prior to law school, Ms. Petro worked in an estate planning law firm in Tucson, Arizona.
Ms. Petro graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law and holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Arizona.
Ms. Petro is a member of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.
- Sex Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
- LGBTQ Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
- Honors: cum laude
- University of Arizona