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Susan K. Lessack (Editor)

Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pennsylvania Employment Law

LessackS@PepperLaw.com
(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.

Worker demands back overtime? Investigate and, if warranted, pay up

12/06/2018
If an employer pays overtime incorrectly, it may be liable for up to two years of unpaid overtime, doubled as a penalty. But if an employer’s overtime mistake is “willful,” that liability reaches back another year, adding to the cost.

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

12/06/2018
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

12/06/2018
Employers must reasonably accommodate employees whose sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit immunization.

No FMLA leave? ADA may be available

12/06/2018
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

12/06/2018
Firing an employee while referencing use of FMLA leave may trigger a retaliation lawsuit.

Club wanted ‘younger direction,’ gets court instead

12/06/2018
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

11/06/2018
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

11/06/2018
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

11/06/2018
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

11/06/2018
A consensual sexual affair may not mean automatic liability for sexual harassment or sex discrimination, but punishing an employee for ending an affair does.