After graduating from college and law school with honors, Jacob M. Sitman spent a year learning about what it means to be successful in a courtroom a civil trial judge. Since that time, he has honed his skills practicing, Labor and Employment law. He worked at a labor and employment boutique firm, and then at a large Philadelphia law firm for more than a decade. Mr. Sitman is also the former Northampton County Assistant Solicitor for Labor & Employment Matters.
Now as a Shareholder and the Chair of the Firm’s Employment Law & Labor Relations Group, Mr. Sitman represents employers and executives in a wide array of employment law and traditional labor matters. A skilled litigator, Mr. Sitman often represents employers in federal and state court in defense of claims of discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, wrongful discharge and workplace safety claims filed in state and federal courts, with administrative agencies and in arbitration (union grievance, Act 111 and private employment claims), including but not limited to matters filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, EEOC, PHRC, NLRB and OSHA. He has also been successful in wage and hour, noncompete and trade secret litigation and appeals.
Mr. Sitman also counsels and trains business owners, executives and human resource managers in ways to reduce the risk of legal claims and how to make smart, strategic and cost-effective personnel-related decisions. He relies on his varied experience 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 drafts 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 various chambers of commerce and industry trade groups, has been awarded a “preeminent” rating, and is regularly recognized by his peers as one of Pennsylvania’s leading attorneys practicing labor and employment law.
Following an extensive discovery process and a multi-day arbitration hearing, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba won dismissal of a wrongful and retaliatory discharge claim by the former controller of our client, a Pennsylvania-based startup company. The former employee claimed that the company fired her in retaliation for objecting to the company’s alleged fraudulent submissions to a […]
by Juan P. Camacho and Jacob M. Sitman On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule concerning overtime pay requirements, something that has not happened since 2004. You can find highlights of the final rule from the DOL here. Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), covered nonexempt […]
Business owners, corporate executives and managers are often focused on promoting a great work culture while keeping employees committed and productive. However, at every stage of an employee’s engagement, there are legal pitfalls that could derail an employer’s efforts. Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba’s Employment Law team of Jacob M. Sitman, Stephanie A. Koenig and Juan P. Camacho can help guide you through […]
Each summer, thousands of college students look to advance their careers by landing the perfect internship. For a variety of reasons, many local employers can only offer these students an unpaid internship. Presumably, this is a win for both sides: the student gains valuable experience and the employer does not have to budget for an […]
A former development research analyst for Lehigh University sued the school in state court for employment discrimination, alleging that after almost 13 years of employment, the school harassed her and terminated her employment based on her age, disabilities (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and sleep apnea), and retaliated against her for requesting leave to address her […]