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:
- Defeating a multimillion-dollar breach of employment contract claim following a bench trial and appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
- Compelling a plaintiff to arbitrate her employment claims pursuant to an arbitration provision in her contract, which result Lee obtained on an appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court resulting in a published decision that has been cited often as authority by Pennsylvania state and federal courts.
- Obtaining summary judgment on FMLA, ADA, ADEA and PHRA claims for a national investment firm.
- Obtaining summary judgment on ADEA and PHRA claims for a large employer in the healthcare industry.
- Obtaining summary judgment on an ADA claim for her client in the property management industry.
- Obtaining a preliminary injunction preventing a salesman from violating his post-employment restrictive covenant.
- At the pleadings stage, obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law claim.
- On multiple occasions, securing settlements for nuisance value of multi-claim retaliation and discrimination complaints.
- Zealously defending her clients sued on class and collective action claims and thereafter securing favorable settlements, pre-certification and afterwards, for a fraction of the threatened damages.
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
- Order of Coif
- Editor Environmental Lawyer
- Member Moot Court Board
- Recipient of Corpus Juris Secundum Award in contracts
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
News & Events
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 numerous clients in various matters, including:
- Numerous companies and institutions, conducting workplace investigations of allegations of harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct.
- A major employer in the healthcare industry, achieving a verdict for the employer after a multi-day bench trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on breach of employment contract claims involving a demand of well over a million dollars in damages.
- Working closely with Associate General Counsel and achieving favorable outcomes in favor of a major employer in the healthcare industry in many different actions alleging discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims.
- Representing a large company in connection with achieving, after extensive briefing and oral argument, a reported Pennsylvania Superior Court decision granting her client’s preliminary objections to compel arbitration pursuant to an arbitration clause in the parties’ contract and establishing often-cited law on the interpretation of such clauses in Pennsylvania.
- Successfully defending and obtaining summary judgment or favorable settlements in multiple matters for a company with billions in assets in matters concerning allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as in wage claim collective and class actions under the FLSA and state laws involving plaintiffs throughout the country and complex legal and factual issues concerning off-the-clock claims and allegedly improper wage deductions.
- Securing for a local printing company a preliminary injunction preventing a salesman from violating a covenant not to compete.
- Guiding and representing a popular local restaurant chain in connection with a Department of Labor audit and threatened collective and class action claims.
- Obtaining nuisance value settlement for a pharmaceutical company client in an FLSA collective action alleging improper classification of employees as exempt.
- Co-counseling an international private equity management company on matters concerning various discrimination statutes.
- Obtaining favorable WARN Act settlements for thousands of individuals, in several different matters.
- Obtaining summary judgment for a Fortune 500 company in a case brought under the FMLA and Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act.