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Susan K. Lessack (Editor)

Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pennsylvania Employment Law

(610) 640-7806

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Susan K. Lessack is a partner in the Berwyn and Philadelphia offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP. She concentrates her practice in employment counseling and employment litigation. Ms. Lessack’s experience includes counseling employers on matters related to compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, counseling regarding employee discipline and terminations, conducting investigations of employee conduct, including harassment, training employers on their obligations under employment laws and litigation avoidance, and developing employment policies. She defends employers in litigation of employment discrimination claims, wrongful discharge claims, and claims under federal and state employment-related statutes, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law.

Seek confidentiality order if employee wants access to co-workers’ disciplinary records

A federal court hearing a Pennsylvania case has concluded that plaintiffs seeking to compare the discipline they received with that of other employees are entitled to the information, but must keep it confidential.

Flu shots: Seek accommodations if employee refuses vaccine for religious reasons

Employers must reasonably accommodate employees whose sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit immunization.

No FMLA leave? ADA may be available

An employee who has used up all paid and FMLA leave (or who isn’t yet eligible for FMLA leave) may have other leave options if he’s also disabled.

Fired after using FMLA leave? Expect lawsuit

Firing an employee while referencing use of FMLA leave may trigger a retaliation lawsuit.

Club wanted ‘younger direction,’ gets court instead

Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pennsylvania, faces an EEOC lawsuit after it laid off a 59-year-old groundskeeper, allegedly replacing him with younger workers.

How to legally limit recording devices in the workplace

Be it a smartphone, tablet or laptop, cameras and voice recording systems are everywhere. Employers can take concrete steps to limit how much of the technology is allowed in the workplace. But those policies may violate state and federal laws if not carefully crafted.

Fifth EEOC complaint filed against Bryn Mawr Trust

A woman who worked at Bryn Mawr Trust in Pennsylvania was fired shortly after corroborating a co-worker’s account during an investigation into race and sex discrimination charges at the bank, according to a complaint filed with the EEOC.

Film crew: Mob flick maker stiffed us for $200K

The crew that worked on the movie “Made in Chinatown,” filmed in Philadelphia last summer, want their money and they have filed a lawsuit to get it.

Punishment for ending affair creates liability

A consensual sexual affair may not mean automatic liability for sexual harassment or sex discrimination, but punishing an employee for ending an affair does.

Merely offering severance package doesn’t constitute admission of employer wrongdoing

It’s often tempting to offer a severance package in exchange for the promise not to sue over alleged discrimination. But some workers may see that offer as an admission of sorts that the employer believes it needs to pre-emptively cut liability.