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Career Biography

Jill Fisher is chair of the Zarwin Baum employment law practice group. Her focus is employment law and human resources management to support both large and small companies. Prior to joining the firm, Jill led her own practice specializing in a full spectrum of employment law and human resources management. Before that, she was a shareholder in a Philadelphia law firm, litigating a broad range of employment-related issues, such as sexual harassment, religious discrimination, race discrimination, disability discrimination and pregnancy discrimination in both state and federal court and at the agency level.

 

In addition to litigation, Jill relies on years of practical experience and helps employers find creative solutions to day-to-day challenges and delicate situations that arise in the workplace. She advises, educates and trains business owners and management in the areas of harassment, discrimination and other employment-related issues, including wage and payment, family and medical leave and employee discipline and discharge. The goal of providing on-going customized training seminars for managers is to educate them about the various employment laws that affect the workplace and help them develop and improve their managerial and leadership skills to foster a more respectful workplace environment.

 

Jill has drafted numerous employee handbooks, employment agreements and personnel policies for a wide range of industries. She has conducted seminars for various trade associations and seminar companies and she has authored articles on diverse topics, including privacy in the workplace and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

 

Jill graduated from Widener University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey along with the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. She is a member of the Employment Law and Human Resources Sections of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Society for Human Resource Management and Lehigh County Chamber of Commerce.

Representative Matters

Counseled and presented in-house training seminars for numerous companies on all matters of employment law compliance, including wage and hour laws, leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act and anti-harassment policies.

 

Drafted and updated employee handbooks and personnel policies for several large and small for profit and nonprofit employers in a variety of industries.

 

Won the dismissal of numerous discrimination claims filed against area employers at the Equal Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations with findings of “no probable cause.”

 

Assisted a local chapter of a national union in successfully defending an election grievance in which a member alleged violations of local and national election rules.

 

Obtained substantial settlements in an invasion of privacy lawsuit filed against a company owner who spied on a female employee through a hole in the restroom wall and a sexual harassment claim against a major commercial real estate company.

 

Successfully represented two plaintiffs against a school district stet. and the agency that contracted with it, in a First Amendment Retaliation and Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law case in which the plaintiffs asserted that they were fired in retaliation for reporting wrongdoing on the part of a teacher.

 

Successfully represented a deaf employee against the United States Postal Service in a failure to promote claim.    

 

Successfully negotiated settlement of a wage and hour lawsuit filed against a construction company that failed to pay a former employee for overtime wages stet.

On appeal to the Third Circuit, successfully defended a “Motion to Stay Reinstatement Pending Appeal” filed by a Fortune 50 employer appealing an award of back pay, attorneys’ fees and costs, and reinstatement in a disability discrimination lawsuit.

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

February 28, 2011

“Social Media Sites and Legal Implications”

Webinar, Workforce Strategy: A Division of The Sierra Group, Inc.

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

 

February 17, 2011

“Recognizing and Preventing Illegal and Inappropriate Workplace Behavior”

Family Service Association of Bucks County

Langhorne, Pennsylvania

 

January 21, 2011

“Recognizing and Dealing with Violence in the Workplace”

Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

January 13, 2011

“Hot Topics in Employment Law and Best Practices for 2011”

Presented with Janet Fiore and Mary Tiernan

Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer& Toddy Breakfast Series

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

November 22, 2010

“Safely Navigating ADA, FMLA and WC Overlap in the Workplace”

Philadelphia Federal Executive Board, Partners in Equality

14th Annual EEO/Diversity Day of Training, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

June 15, 2010

“Leadership Without Liability”

Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

May 10, 2010

“Demystifying the ADA, FMLA, WC Conundrum”

Webinar, The Sierra Group, Inc.

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

 

RECENT ARTICLES

 

“Taking the Dread Out of Firing Employees,” PA Auto and Insider News, January, 2011

 

“The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008,” Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2010 (Reprinted from Counterpoint, July, 2009)

 

“The Logistics of Paying Mechanics and Technicians,” PA Auto and Insider News, July, 2010

 

What’s on the Horizon for Disability Discrimination Cases?, July, 2010

“Is It Still a Man’s World? (From a Woman’s Perspective),” Women in the Profession Supplement to the Legal Intelligencer, April, 2010

 

“Privacy in the 21st Century Workplace,” Counterpoint (The Official Publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute), January, 2007

News & Events:

Jill Fisher

Shareholder; Chair - Employment Practice Group
P: 215.569.2800 x1186
F: 267.765.9674
jfisher@zarwin.com

Office:
Philadelphia, PA

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