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Nancy Van der Veer Holt

Ford & Harrison LLP


A leader of the firm’s Affirmative Action Compliance/OFCCP Defense practice group, Nancy Holt provides preventive employment law counseling and efficient litigation defense to a wide range of clients, with a focus on federal contractors, airlines and salons and spas.

Nancy has significant experience representing companies in OFCCP matters, preparing for OFCCP audits, and counseling employers on issues stemming from OFCCP regulations. She regularly works with corporate counsel, human resources executives and consultants to develop practical approaches to EEO and affirmative action compliance. Nancy personally oversees the development of hundreds of Affirmative Action Plans and EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports for clients across the country annually. She has successfully defended employers in litigation matters, OFCCP audits, and EEOC and OFCCP complaint investigations.

Drawing on hiring, promotion and termination data, Nancy is able to effectively assist clients in designing and implementing affirmative action compliance procedures relating to recruitment, applicant tracking and dispositioning, compensation systems, and broader diversity and inclusion programs, including those targeting veterans and disabled persons.

Another substantial part of Nancy’s practice is representation of airline clients. Her experience includes grievance arbitrations, litigation and agency matters, such as AIR21 and FAA whistleblower complaints, and AAP’s.

Nancy counsels employers on a variety of issues, including employee terminations, drafting and negotiating employment and separation agreements, and Title VII, FMLA, FLSA, ADA and WARN Act compliance. She represents a significant number of salons and spas through a program she developed to provide critical employment law services in a cost-effective fashion. She enjoys conducting workplace training sessions on sexual harassment prevention, affirmative action and EEO obligations and LGBTQ law, policies and best practices for inclusion.

Nancy served as a judicial law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and is a proud Teach for America alum. Her motto has always been, “Do some good in law,” and she has a passion for helping people less fortunate. She enjoys running, cooking with her three daughters and taking her annual “mystery weekend” vacation with her best friends from Smith College.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a favorable decision in federal district court dismissing a claim brought by a former airline employee challenging an adverse arbitration decision.
  • Achieved favorable arbitration decision for an airline client upholding the grievant's termination for threatening co-workers.
  • Successfully negotiated favorable back wage and fringe benefit determination with the Department of Labor for a large government contractor client under the Davis Bacon Act.
  • Prepared initial AAP for long-term care client, facilitated implementation of AAP requirements and successfully defended client during OFCCP audit.
  • Achieved favorable decisions in discrimination actions involving retaliation, race, sex, disability, sexual harassment and age discrimination claims.

News and Insights

  • October 13, 2020 – Unconscious Bias Training Still Permissible Under President Trump’s Diversity Training Executive Order
  • October 05, 2020 – What Does President Trump’s Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping Mean for Government Contractors?
  • August 11, 2020 - OFCCP Final Rule – TRICARE Providers Not Subject to OFCCP Jurisdiction
  • 2020 - Co-Editor, FordHarrison's 2020-2021 Labor & Employment Law Sourcebook, Corporate Restructuring
  • 2020 - Co-Editor, FordHarrison's 2020-2021 Labor & Employment Law Sourcebook, Significant Labor and Employment Law Requirements Pertaining to Federal Contractors
  • July 23, 2020 - D.C. Expands Face Mask Requirement – Including Mandate for Employer Provided Masks
  • June 16, 2020 - US Supreme Court Holds Title VII Protects LGBTQ+ Workers in Landmark Decision
  • September 17, 2019 - Nancy Holt Selected as Newest Faculty Member with The Institute for Workplace Equality
  • September 09, 2019 - SCOTUS Scheduled to Hear Oral Arguments on Whether LGBTQ Rights Are Protected by Title VII
  • 2019 - Editor, FordHarrison's 2019-2020 Labor & Employment Law Sourcebook, Significant Labor and Employment Law Requirements Pertaining to Federal Contractors
  • May 06, 2019 - Despite Agency Appeal, Employers Required to Submit Component 2 Pay Data for Years 2017 and 2018 by September 30, 2019
  • April 22, 2019 - SCOTUS Certifies Three Cases to Answer the Question of Whether LGBTQ Rights are Protected by Title VII
  • March 13, 2019 - EEOC's Revised Pay Data Reporting Requirements Reinstated by Federal Judge
  • October 15, 2018 - OFCCP Issues Flurry of New Directives for Contractors
  • August 24, 2018 - U.S. DOL Plans to Review Contractor Affirmative Action Certification
  • June 13, 2018 - "Here We Go Again": Transgender Bathroom Dispute Headed Back to the Fourth Circuit
  • June 12, 2018 - U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Wedding Cake Baker in Gay Rights Case Based on Civil Rights Commission's Impermissible "Hostility"
  • May 23, 2018 - U.S. DOL Announces Two-Year TRICARE Moratorium Extension
  • March 20, 2018 - Sixth Circuit Holds Transgender Status Is Protected by Title VII and Rejects Religious Freedom Restoration Act Defense
  • February 05, 2018 - FordHarrison Announces Five New Partners
  • November 10, 2017 - D.C. District Court Issues Injunction Against Transgender Military Ban
  • October 06, 2017 - Department of Justice Weighs In: Title VII Does Not Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination
  • July 31, 2017 - Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?
  • July 11, 2017 - Eleventh Circuit Sets the Stage for U.S. Supreme Court Certification on Whether Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII
  • June 12, 2017 - During Last Week of School Seventh Circuit Rules in Favor of Transgender Teen On Restroom Use
  • June 01, 2017 - Full Second Circuit to Revisit Its Position On Sexual Orientation as a Protected Class Under Title VII
  • May 25, 2017 - Federal Judge Rules that Transgender Employee's ADA Claim May Proceed
  • May 08, 2017 - Full Second Circuit Asked to Revisit Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Protect Sexual Orientation
  • May 08, 2017 - "8th Circ. Backs Denial Of Appeal Over Pilot's Firing," Law360
  • April 25, 2017 - "Common Sense Reality": Seventh Circuit Holds That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Violates Title VII
  • April 05, 2017 - President Trump Revokes Blacklisting Executive Order, Including Paycheck Disclosure Requirements
  • April 03, 2017 - Second and Eleventh Circuits Rule They are Bound by Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination, but Some Judges Suggest It Should
  • February 23, 2017 - Trump Administration Revokes Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance for Public Schools
  • February 23, 2017 - Fourth Circuit Creates New Joint Employment Test under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • February 17, 2017 - Trump Administration Withdraws Motion Seeking to Limit Court's Stay of Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance in Public Schools
  • January 18, 2017 - Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and Termination of Pregnancy
  • December 12, 2016 - Seventh Circuit Indicates It May Conclude that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII
  • October 25, 2016 - On Eve of Implementation, Federal Court Presses Pause on Nearly Every Provision of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces "Blacklisting" Executive Order
  • July 05, 2016 - Supreme Court Upholds University Affirmative Action Admissions Policy
  • Summer 2016 - An Employer's Guide to FMLA and ADA, American Chamber of Commerce Resources
  • 2016 - 2017 - Editor, Corporate Restructuring Chapter, FordHarrison Sourcebook


  • June 25, 2020 - Supreme Court Title VII LGBTQ+ Ruling - What it Means and Next Steps for Employers - Complimentary Webinar
  • February 20, 2020 - The Institute for Workplace Equality - "Higher Education Compliance Symposium" - Miami, FL
  • July 31, 2019 - "An Interactive Discussion of Best Practices and Real-World Advice for Employers with Transgender Employees," 2019 ILG National Conference
  • April 12, 2019 - "Transgender at Work: Assisting Employees Through the Transition Process," 2019 FordHarrison Airline Labor & Employment Law Symposium - Austin, TX
  • December 14, 2017 - "Evolving LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace" Complimentary Webinar
  • August 03, 2017 - "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Workplace," 2017 ILG National Conference - San Antonio, Texas
  • March 23, 2017 - "Inclusion: How do We Get Everyone in the House?" 2017 FordHarrison Airline Labor & Employment Law Symposium, Dallas, TX
  • November 17, 2016 - "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression in the Workplace," 2016 FordHarrison Year-End Labor & Employment Law Workshop
  • April 28, 2016 - "Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace" - Complimentary Webinar




An Employer’s Guide to FMLA and ADA


  • Supreme Court Title VII LGBTQ+ Ruling - What it Means and Next Steps for Employers
  • OFCCP Compliance Certification: What Contractors Need to Know


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