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.
Among other things, with her client’s goals, concerns, and past policies and practices in mind, she negotiates executive employment and severance agreements, reviews and drafts employment policies, and advises her clients related to 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, ERISA, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN), state and local sick leave laws, wage payment statutes and anti-discrimination laws. Further, Lee has been entrusted to conduct prompt, thorough, and unbiased workplace investigations of allegations of harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct.
After litigation has begun, Lee has successfully defended her clients against claims brought by single plaintiffs, 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. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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, “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, “CDC Expands Definition of ‘Close Contact’,” October 27, 2020
Author, “EEOC Warns Employers Against Antibody Testing,” June 19, 2020
Author, “CDC Interim Guidance Enables Essential Workers to Continue Working After Potential Exposure to COVID-19,” April 13, 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 numerous clients in various matters, including: