Professor Tippett researches business ethics, employment practices, and business secrets. Her most recent research analyzes more than 300 legal opinions involving software-based wage theft. A prior study, published in the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, examined the software functionality that enables wage theft.
Professor Tippett also researches harassment and discrimination law. Her research on the content of harassment trainings featured prominently in recent debates around the MeToo movement. A follow up article, which discusses the legal implications of the MeToo movement, will be published in the Minnesota Law Review. In June, Professor Tippett testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. Professor Tippett's previous work examining the Supreme Court's decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart was cited in two decisions by the United States Court of Appeals and the Iowa Supreme Court.
Professor Tippett also studies drug injury advertisements, which recruit consumers for lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. In 2017, Tippett testified before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee about how these ads may affect patient decision-making. Her empirical studies on drug injury advertising have appeared in Urology, the American Journal of Law and Medicine, and Drug Safety. Professor Tippett also has a forthcoming study to be published in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics.
Professor Tippett is a co-author of the Fifth Edition of the West Academic textbook, Employment Discrimination & Employment Law: The Field as Practiced, along with Samuel Estreicher & Michael Harper. Her research on trade secrets was cited in a recent decision by the Delaware Superior Court. She is currently working on a book about business secrets.
Her writing for The Conversation has been republished in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, The New Republic, Newsweek, Fast Company, Salon, the LA Times, and the Daily Beast, among others. She has also written for Fortune and the Harvard Business Review. Professor Tippett has been interviewed on the BBC, National Public Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, and Oregon Public Radio.
Professor Tippett is the Faculty Co-Director for the Master’s Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. She spent several years working at the Harvard Negotiation Project for the late Professor Roger Fisher, co-author of "Getting to Yes."
Before joining the faculty, Professor Tippett was an employment law attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Professor Tippett graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006. She is multiracial and grew up in a small town in Canada.