Jacob M. Sitman

Chair - Employment Law and Labor Relations

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Jacob M. Sitman is a shareholder in the Employment Law and Labor Relations group. He represents employers in a wide array of employment law and traditional labor matters.  Mr. Sitman litigates claims of discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, breach of contract, wrongful discharge and workplace safety claims filed in state and federal courts, with administrative agencies and in arbitration. He has also been successful in noncompete and trade secret litigation and appeals.

Mr. Sitman counsels and trains business owners, executives, human resource managers and supervisors in matters of wage and hour compliance, reductions in force, family and medical leave, sexual harassment avoidance and investigations, employee benefits, disability accommodations, employee health and workplace safety, and labor-management relations, including collective bargaining, alleged unfair labor practice charges, and union grievance arbitrations.  Mr. Sitman is experienced in drafting employment and severance agreements, noncompete agreements, employee handbooks and personnel policies of all kinds, including those dealing with social media and employee use of technology in the workplace. He is an author and frequent speaker on labor and employment law topics for clients and various industry groups.

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., Economics and International Studies, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Reported Decisions

  • Joseph W. Davis, Inc. v. Int’l Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542, 636 F. Supp. 2d 403 (E.D. Pa. 2008)
  • Strickland v. Trion Group, Inc., 463 F. Supp. 2d 921 (E.D. Pa. 2006)

Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell Lawyers’ Rating “AV® Preeminent,” highest professional ranking
  • Named a Select Lawyer in Employment Discrimination Law and Labor & Employment Law, 2014
  • 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment by American Lawyer Media
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission trained and approved mediator of employment disputes
  • Selected for inclusion, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition, 2008, 2011
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economic Honor Society
  • Chapter Author, Wage and Hour Laws, A State-by-State Survey (BNA Books) (2006-2009)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Workplace Investigations in Pennsylvania,” Lorman Education Services
  • Nonprofit Business Partner Council presenter, “Must Interns Be Paid?” Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Presenter, “Employees & Lawsuits – Are you prepared?” FLB Client Seminar
  • Seminar co-presenter, “Minding the Store: Protecting Your Company’s Confidential Information (and Debunking Common Myths About Noncompetes),” Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
  • Small Business Series Program Panelist, “Finding & Hiring Employees,” Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce
  • Schuylkill Human Resources Roundtable Seminar presenter, “Employee Handbooks:  An Important Tool to Improve Productivity and Reduce Risk of Employee Claims,” Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association
  • Annual Labor and Employment Law Summit Seminar presenter, “Employment Law Update,” Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association
  • Seminar presenter, “Wage and Hour Law: Avoiding Hitches, Glitches and Snags,” Medical Office Managers Society of South Jersey

Community Activity

  • Member, Board of Associates, Muhlenberg College
  • Member, Board of Directors, Temple Sinai Men’s Club
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Developmental Enterprises Corporation
  • Volunteer advisor and coach, Upper Dublin Soccer Club
 

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