Lee is the Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Associate’s Committee. Lee has extensive experience advising employers on a wide variety of labor and employment issues at all stages of counseling and litigation. Lee represents companies ranging in size from very large to very small, including multi-state asset/property management and construction companies, a large infrastructure and site development contractor, a major employer in the healthcare industry, a multi-national consulting company, local businesses in the hospitality industry, and small distribution companies. Lee is available to her clients to provide counseling on day-to-day workplace issues to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and to mitigate litigation risk as much as possible.
With her client’s goals, concerns, and past policies and practices in mind, Lee negotiates executive employment and severance agreements, reviews and drafts employment policies, and advises her clients regarding the hiring, disciplining and terminating of employees, workforce reductions, and employer obligations under common law and Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act, the FLSA, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN), state and local laws, and wage payment statutes. Lee’s clients have entrusted her to conduct prompt, thorough, and unbiased workplace investigations of allegations of harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct.
After litigation has begun, Lee successfully has defended her clients on claims brought by former employees, as well as by representative plaintiffs in the collective and class action contexts. These matters include, but are not limited to, most recently:
Lee also has represented thousands of employees in a half dozen WARN Act class actions, which have ended in favorable settlements for the displaced employees.
Lee practices before Pennsylvania state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before the EEOC, the PHRC, the PCHR, the NLRB, and the DOL. She also has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and in state and/or federal courts in California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
The George Washington University Law School, J.D., High Honors
Lafayette College, B.A., cum laude
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Presenter, “COVID-19 in 2023: Where We Are Now With Employer Obligations,” accredited CLE program, March 1, 2023.
Author, “The National Labor Relations Board Says Severance Agreements Containing Broadly-Drafted Non-Disparagement and Confidentiality Provisions are Unlawful,” February 27, 2023.
Presenter, “Benefits and Risks of Using Artificial Intelligence in Hiring, Including its Potential Adverse Impact on Diverse Applicants,” accredited CLE program, November 16, 2022
Quoted, “Should Employers Cover Commuting Costs,” Human Resources Director, June 15, 2022
Author, “Philadelphia City Council Passes Legislation Providing Philadelphia Employees with Commuter Benefits,” June 13, 2022
Quoted,”Feds’ Warnings on Hiring Algorithms Highlight Challenges of Avoiding Disability Bias When Using AI,” New Jersey Law Journal, May 16, 2022
Author, “EEOC and DOJ Warn that Artificial Intelligence and Other Hiring Tools May Violate the Americans with Disabilities Act,” May 13, 2022
Author, “Philadelphia Reinstates its Indoor Mask Requirement,” April 13, 2022
Presenter, “Hiring and Onboarding Employees – Recent Developments in the Law,” accredited CLE program, March 30, 2022
Author, “Department of Health Pauses Vaccine Requirement for Restaurants Pursuant to a New System Used to Rate and Publicly Report Risk Levels,” February 18, 2022
Author, “Philadelphia Ordinance Prohibits Pre-Employment Testing for Marijuana Use,” January 10, 2022
Presenter, “Diversity Lessons Learned: What Employers Need to Know,” accredited CLE program, December 15, 2021
Author, “EEOC Updates Guidance to Address Religious Accommodation Requests Concerning Mandatory Vaccine Policies,” October 28, 2021
Author, “New Jersey Strengthens Its Age Discrimination Law,” October 6, 2021
Quoted, “What Do Vaccine Mandates Mean For Employees and the PA Gambling Industry?” Play Pennsylvania, October 1, 2021
Author, “The Southern District of Texas Ruled that Employers Legally May Require All Employees to be Vaccinated Against COVID-19,” June 15, 2021
Author, “EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance,” June 4, 2021
Author, “Before Fully Reopening, Restaurant and Bar Owners Should Take a Tip From FLSA Cases,” May 14, 2021
Presenter, “Common Provisions, Considerations and Pitfalls in Writing Offer Letters and Severance Agreements,” accredited CLE program, May 12, 2021
Author, “Department of Labor Withdraws Trump-Era Independent Contractor Rule,” May 12, 2021
Author,”OSHA Adds Recordkeeping Obligations Regarding Adverse Reactions to Mandated Vaccines,” April 29, 2021
Author, “The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021’s COBRA Premium Assistance Imposes New Obligations on Employers,” April 26, 2021
Author, “The COVID-19 Relief Bill is Expected to Become Law,” March 10, 2021
Presenter, “Where We Are Now in 2021 : Complying With the ADA and FMLA in the Age of COVID-19,” accredited CLE program, January 21, 2021
Author, “The Second Coronavirus Relief Bill Does Not Extend the FFCRA’s Mandated Paid Sick Leave But Does Provide a Tax Credit to Employers Who Voluntarily Provide the Leave,” December 23, 2020
Author, “CDC Expands Definition of ‘Close Contact’,” October 27, 2020
Author, “EEOC Warns Employers Against Antibody Testing,” June 19, 2020
Author, “EEOC Continues to Update Guidance on Steps Employers May Take to Control the Spread of COVID-19 Without Violating the ADA,” April 28, 2020
Author, “OSHA Relaxes Recording and Reporting Requirements for Some Employers Regarding COVID-19 Cases in their Workforce,” April 15, 2020
Author, “CDC Interim Guidance Enables Essential Workers to Continue Working After Potential Exposure to COVID-19,” April 13, 2020
Author, “PA’s Department of Labor & Industry Provides Additional Guidance on UC Benefits Given the Families First Act and the CARES Act,” April 2, 2020
Author, “CARES Act Significantly Expands Unemployment Benefits,” March 27, 2020
Author, “Considerations Regarding Furloughing Employees,” March 19, 2020
In addition to counseling her clients on various pressing personnel matters and employment questions, Lee has served as pre-litigation and litigation counsel for her clients in numerous matters, including: