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Employment Law

The employment law attorneys of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin concentrate their practice on the representation of employers in all areas of employment-related litigation and counseling. Annually, our attorneys handle hundreds of employment matters for clients, including insurers and their insureds, self-insured Fortune 1000 companies, joint insurance funds, state governments and local municipalities. Litigation matters are handled in each of the jurisdictions in which we practice and cover the full range of employment-related claims under the relevant federal and state statutes and local ordinances. They include but are not limited to:

  • Age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Sex, race, national origin and religion discrimination claims under Title VII
  • Disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Section 1981 and Section 1983 civil rights claims
  • Common law wrongful discharge claims
  • Employment-related defamation claims
  • Claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state statutes

 

In addition to handling employment law litigation matters, we provide our clients with a full range of advisory services in order to help them avoid litigation. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Staff training on employment-related topics at client’s location
  • Review and/or draft employment handbooks
  • Reviews of client employment policies/procedures
  • Advise clients on their specific, breaking employment issues, as they arise

 

A significant strength of our firm is the regional representation we provide insurers and self-insureds. We have 20 offices and can handle employment matters throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Ohio and Florida. The attorneys in the Employment Law Practice Group have the requisite local knowledge and experience to provide highly-skilled and effective representation to our clients who face employment-related litigation or have employment-related issues in any of those jurisdictions.

We always handle every case with a practical, result-oriented approach which balances strong representation of our clients with realistic cost containment. Our fees are very competitive, and we work with our clients to develop innovative alternative approaches to file handling and billing which oftentimes result in significant savings to our clients.

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May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment in an EPL matter where the plaintiff, a former employee of the defendant company, claimed that she was terminated because of her age in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), N.J.S.A. 105-12. The...
May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment in an employment discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed in the U.S.D.C. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff worked for the public works department of a large municipality. The municipality...
Apr 21, 2016
Successfully defended a whistleblower investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration against our client, an environmental cleaning contractor. The contractor was alleged to have violated the...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in a matter in Camden County, New Jersey. The three plaintiffs, who were formerly employed by the defendant company as painters and/or painter’s helpers and were members of a union, argued that they were laid off and...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained dismissal from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a Florida employment law case. The complainant was a student mentor for a YMCA and alleged that the school discriminated against her due to her Hispanic national origin....
Jun 8, 2015
Represented an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, through a non-profit Directors and Officers policy, that was sued by its former Cantor for wrongful termination. The Cantor claimed that under Talmudic law, he had the job for life. We disputed the argument...
Feb 16, 2015
In a wrongful termination case, the defense obtained a partial summary judgment on behalf of a regional environmental consulting firm, including a supervisor and its head of Human Resources. The plaintiff had taken just one deposition, and discovery...
Feb 16, 2015
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major multi-national retail clothing company in a case alleging wrongful termination on the basis of pregnancy and gender under New York Executive Law section 296. The plaintiff had been employed by the...
May 16, 2013
Federal court dismissed all of plaintiff's claims with the EEOC of race discrimination and retaliation. We successfully persuaded the court that the plaintiff failed to set forth any facts that would lead a jury to believe that his lay off was a...
Feb 15, 2011
Attorneys obtained summary judgment on behalf of a hotel in a race and national origin discrimination action.  The plaintiff initially pursued remedies through the state Human Relations Commission, alleging that her separation from employment --...

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Law Alerts July 1, 2017
In a published opinion, the Appellate Division reversed the dismissal of a complaint alleging public accommodation discrimination after finding that the trial court applied an overly restrictive standard for the cause of action. The plaintiff..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff initiated a whistleblower claim against his employer under the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act. The plaintiff’s employment contract included a jury waiver provision that applied to “any suit, action or..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
A jury awarded the plaintiff more than $20,000 in damages in connection with her claim that her former employer terminated her from a pharmacy technician position after it learned that she had been diagnosed with cancer, in violation of the..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The district court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was tasked to determine whether the plaintiff, who alleged that he was subjected to gay slurs and physically assaulted at the workplace, could sustain a Title VII claim premised upon sexual..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
After being arrested for possession of cocaine while driving a Township vehicle and while on paid working time, the plaintiff claimed that she was disabled and entitled to accommodation in the form of a leave of absence to attend a drug treatment..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff was diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 1993, although he was asymptomatic when he began working for Valcor Engineering in 2010. Two years after being hired, the plaintiff requested reasonable accommodations due to his..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff filed a discrimination claim, alleging a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and retaliation. During discovery, the plaintiff sought documents of other employees who had reported alleged acts of sexual harassment. The employer..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff’s employer was contracted to demolish a glass furnace, which required the use of jackhammers to break up a layer of material that lined the inside of the furnace and then putting the “boulders” into bins or onto metal..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The court granted the employer’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, finding that the impairment pled—a stomach problem—did not constitute a..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017 By Danielle M. Vugrinovich, Esq.* Key Points: Treat complaints of discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity the same as other complaints based upon Title VII. Employers...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not...

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January 19, 2017
Candace D. Embry, associate in the Philadelphia office of  Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Philadelphia VIP, where she will serve as Board Secretary. Philadelphia VIP is a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supports...
March 17, 2016
Three Marshall Dennehey attorneys are set to speak at three separate sessions at the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance's (CLM) annual conference, to be held April 6 – 8 in Orlando, Florida. The CLM promotes and furthers the highest standards of claims and litigation management to foster...
July 31, 2014
Three Marshall Dennehey shareholders have received top honors in the 2014 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. For the eighth consecutive year, Daniel J. Sherry, shareholder in the firm's King of Prussia office, has been named to the "Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania" and the "Top 100...
December 18, 2013
Marshall Dennehey announced today that Ronda K. O'Donnell has been named Chair of the Employment Law Practice Group in the firm's Professional Liability Department. She will replace Thomas C. DeLorenzo, practice group leader and longtime firm shareholder, when he retires on December 31.  "We will...
May 29, 2013
Philadelphia, PA – Marshall Dennehey shareholders Niki T. Ingram, Candy Barr Heimbach and Ronda K. O'Donnell have been named to the 2013 "Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" list by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. This is the third time Ingram and Heimbach have been named to the exclusive...
Seminar Oct 11, 2012
Join our distinguished panel for lunch and a discussion on issues relating to employment practices.
Seminar Apr 24, 2013
New developments in employment law occur all the time, and it has never been more important for employers and employees to know how to protect themselves. This seminar will be presented by experienced professionals who will share their knowledge and...
Seminar May 2, 2013
Join us for this unique presentation on cutting edge employment issues. The seminar will feature a mock trial "Social Media on Trial - How Social Media Affects Employers" and a panel discussion "Cyber Data Breach - The Latest...
Conference May 30, 2013
This year's conference features three outstanding and highly respected speakers sharing topics from their respected areas of expertise.  Jay Habas, Esq. (Marshall Dennehey): Cyber Data Breach, The Latest Threat to Workplace Security...
Conference Jul 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....
Seminar Aug 27, 2013
Employers in Pennsylvania are faced with an ever-changing maze of laws increasing their obligations to employees who cannot, will not or should not work. This seminar will tell you what you need to know about recent ADA and FMLA...
Seminar Sep 13, 2013
The Risk Management Fall Education Forum is designed to provide participants with a review of current issues in claims management, risk financing, patient safety and loss prevention across the health care enterprise. The Pennsylvania Association for...
Seminar Dec 10, 2013
Although job abandonment is easy to prove when an employer has appropriate policies in place, the termination of an employee on temporary total disability who fails to come to work can greatly complicate things. If an employer has a straightforward...
Conference May 15, 2014
Stephanie Barr and Shannon Brainard are speakers at the 2014 Pennsylvania Medical Group Management Association State Conference, taking place on May 15 and 16 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Their general session, "Affordable...
Mar 19, 2015
Shannon Brainard and Keri Morris-Johnston are the featured presenters at the Delaware State Dental Society's monthly membership meeting and dinner. Shannon and Keri will discuss ways to prevent and defend against employment discrimination,...
Seminar Aug 4, 2015
Mark Kozlowski, an associate in the Health Care Department, is speaking at Employment Law: Beyond the Basics, a seminar hosted by Sterling Education Services. With the EEOC cracking down on employee classification and the NLRB redefining Section 7...
Seminar Oct 20, 2016
Jammie Jackson, an associate in the Workers' Compensation Department, and Ashely Toth, an associate in the Professional Liability Department, are the featured speakers at the October meeting of the Human Resource Association of Southern New...
Seminar Nov 17, 2016
Jay Habas, a shareholder in the firm's Erie office, Dennehey, is a frequent guest speaker for the local chapter of HRMA. At the organization's November breakfast meeting, Jay will discuss how the legalization of marijuana for medical and...
Seminar Dec 7, 2016
Stay up to date on the latest legislative changes and court decisions impacting your human resource practices! This essential course focuses on day-to-day issue spotting - covering current hot button issues and highlighting practical pointers to...
Feb 8, 2017
Despite considerable opposition from employers, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its new regulatory rule expanding employers’ requirements for reporting and submitting workplace injuries and...
Seminar Apr 27, 2017
Ashley Toth will serve as a panelist at the NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar 2017.  This in an employment law seminar with Ashley's panel focusing specifically on ethics.   For more information and to register for this event, click here. 

Chair

Ronda K. O'Donnell
Chair, Employment Law Practice Group
(215) 575-2697
rkodonnell@mdwcg.com

Additional Contacts

Christopher E. Dougherty
Chairman of the Board of Directors; Director, Professional Liability Department
(215) 575-2733
cedougherty@mdwcg.com
Lawrence B. Berg
Shareholder
(856) 414-6031
lbberg@mdwcg.com

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