Gouthami “Haar” Katta is an attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai. His practice focuses on employment discrimination and constitutional civil rights litigation. Throughout his career, Haar has zealously advocated for the civil rights of those with limited means, including low-income tenants and persons whose rights have been ignored by government officials and agencies.
Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai, Haar served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Henry Wingate on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi and worked as a trial attorney for over five years, most recently as a housing and public benefits staff attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin, a legal aid provider in southeastern Wisconsin. Haar graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in May 2013.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
As a housing attorney at Legal Action, Haar’s work focused on defending tenants in subsidized and public housing against unlawful evictions. This included impact litigation to halt discriminatory housing policies and ordinances under the Fair Housing Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the First Amendment. For instance, as the lead attorney in Adams v. City of Green Bay, Haar challenged both the constitutionality of a municipal chronic nuisance ordinance and its selective enforcement, which disparately targeted tenants of color and victims of domestic violence.
Haar has sought to meaningfully enforce the rights of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At Legal Action, he served as lead attorney in Mohamed v. Wisconsin Labor & Industry Review Commission et al, an appeal challenging a Wisconsin unemployment insurance agency’s dismissal of Somali-language applicant’s petition for review, after the agency failed to provide her with meaningful language access options. Following oral arguments, in which the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development ultimately admitted to routine violations of LEP applicants’ Title VII rights, the court reversed the agency’s dismissal.
Haar has also been active in the effort to expand access to legal services for those with limited means, including by initiating a free, walk-in legal clinic at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College that serves the legal needs of low-income students.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado