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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.

Minor workplace changes aren’t enough to justify lawsuit alleging bias or retaliation

Courts don’t want to micromanage your business. Make sure you can explain workplace changes in the context of legitimate business needs.

Fired employee sues? Consider counter-claim

If you have good records showing exactly how you decided to terminate and can explain why you terminated an employee without stating the underlying reasons, you may be able to bring that up if she sues.

Bottom-up hiring could perpetuate pay bias

There’s a danger that wages may appear to be discriminatory if the hiring process is centralized, but decisions about starting pay are made locally, without regard to broader corporate compensation scales. The risk: Class-action lawsuits.

Bill to limit noncompetes considered in Harrisburg

A bill before the Pennsylvania General Assembly would outlaw most noncompete agreements and give employees a private cause of action against employers should the employer attempt to enforce a noncompete agreement.

Staffing agency sued for ‘perceived as disabled’ bias

Multinational staffing agency Adecco faces an EEOC lawsuit alleging one of its offices in northwestern Pennsylvania violated the ADA when it failed to place a disabled applicant in the position he sought.

Minimum wage for federal contractors goes up in 2019

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, employers performing work on federal contracts must pay workers $10.60 per hour.

Court gives go-ahead to cultural bias case

Treating individuals differently based on cultural bias can backfire for foreign corporations with a presence in the United States.

Facebook comments don’t create hostile environment

A woman who sued her employer over Facebook comments has lost her hostile environment lawsuit.

Employees of companies doing business with Pennsylvania have whistleblower protection

Some private employers have been arguing that the services they provide are not for or to a public body. Therefore, they argue, they can’t be sued for punishing whistleblowing employees. A federal court has concluded that reasoning is wrong.

Public employees’ ordinary work complaints aren’t protected by the First Amendment

Public employees have limited First Amendment rights to speak out about matters of public importance. That doesn’t include simple workplace gripes.