Jeanne Phelan has extensive experience representing employers in a wide variety of employment matters. 

Jeanne has also represented executives and high-level managers with respect to contract and employment law issues. Among her clients are employers in numerous industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, retail, professional services, healthcare, educational institutions, financial services, computer services, local government and other service sectors.

Jeanne is an accomplished trial lawyer, having taken employment discrimination and employment contract claims to verdict in federal and state courts. She also has extensive experience representing clients before administrative agencies and courts and in mediation and arbitration. She provides advice regarding dealing with difficult employees, managing termination of employees, handling internal complaints of harassment or wrongdoing and complying with federal, state and local laws governing all aspects of the employment relationship.

Jeanne has conducted internal investigations of harassment and discrimination claims; mediated resolution of discrimination claims and disputes; prepared and negotiated employment agreements; advised regarding structuring of employment policies and practices, including advice regarding union avoidance; prepared affirmative action plans; and represented employers in OFCCP audits of plans.

Further, Jeanne has represented employers in union organizing campaigns and unionized employers in labor arbitrations and collective bargaining negotiations. 

Jeanne has represented and defended clients with respect to:

  • Harassment claims and suits of various types, including sexual harassment and race-based harassment
  • Discrimination claims of numerous types, including race, sex, age, national origin, age, sexual orientation and retaliation
  • Equal Pay Act claims, Fair Labor Standards Act claims and other claims related to compensation
  • Claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employment—related tort claims, including defamation, misrepresentation and invasion of privacy
  • Investigations by administrative agencies, including discrimination charges, whistleblower claims, NLRB unfair labor practice charges, wage/hour/overtime audits and investigations
  • Contract claims, including restrictive covenants