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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.

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.

Not yet eligible for FMLA? Consider offering intermittent leave as ADA accommodation

While we usually associate intermittent leave with the FMLA, occasional time off may also be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.

Alleged hostile environment at Franciscan monastery

Two women who once worked at a central Pennsylvania monastery have filed suit against their former employer alleging one Franciscan brother created a hostile work environment.

Equitably enforce rules against fighting

Rest assured that you won’t be second-guessed if you apply no-fighting rules even-handedly.

Ensure investigation isn’t tainted by bias

When faced with the potential for widespread employee misconduct, how you investigate your suspicion can make all the difference in preventing a needless discrimination lawsuit.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to weigh fluctuating workweek OT method

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could affect how employers pay overtime to nonexempt salaried employees in the Commonwealth. At issue is whether employers may use the fluctuating workweek option allowed under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Report: Glass ceiling holds women back at DOJ

The U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General has issued a report showing that women are substantially underrepresented in criminal investigative and leadership positions within the Department of Justice.

Good documentation wins discrimination lawsuits

If you have to discharge a difficult employee, be patient—and carefully document everything. You need detailed records showing exactly how the em­­ployee interacted with other workers and why the behavior was unacceptable.

Embarrassing emails could wind up being aired in court

Remind supervisors to choose their words carefully when composing emails. Generally, all forms of communication are fair game for discovery during litigation.