Jacob M. Sitman

Jacob M. Sitman

Chair - Employment Law and Labor Relations

Discrimination and Civil Rights Law • Employment Law & Labor Relations • Litigation • Workplace Safety and Health • Non-Competition and Trade Secrets

Jacob M. Sitman
Mar. 8, 2018

FLB Wins Summary Judgment for Employer in Federal Age and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

FLB routinely defends employers against employment discrimination and other claims.  In this federal lawsuit filed in Philadelphia, Jacob M. Sitman, Chair of FLB’s Employment Law and Labor Group, successfully defended a King of Prussia-based data analytics and regulatory compliance company against claims by a former sales executive that the company terminated her employment based on […]

Jacob M. Sitman
Jul. 14, 2017

Newly Amended Ordinance Gives Philadelphia Authority to Shut Down Businesses for Violating Anti-Discrimination Laws

by Jacob M. Sitman and Theresa DeAngelis, Summer Associate On May 17, 2017, Bill No. 170334 was signed into law by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.  The Bill amends Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance, which covers Philadelphia employers and prohibits unlawful discrimination practices in employment. The Fair Practices Ordinance already vested the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations […]

Jacob M. Sitman
Jul. 5, 2017

PA Supreme Court Case Clarifies the Scope of Pennsylvania’s Personnel Files Act

by Jacob M. Sitman and Theresa M. DeAngelis, Summer Associate The question of whether a recently terminated employee in Pennsylvania has a statutory right to inspect his or her personnel file has been answered. The Pennsylvania Personnel Files Act (the “Act”) grants employees the statutory right to “at reasonable times” inspect their personnel files used […]

Jacob M. Sitman
Mar. 9, 2016

Employers Must Act More Quickly Than Ever To Thwart Unions

If recent statistics are indicative of a new trend resulting from last year’s changes by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in union election rules and timing, employers must respond more quickly and more effectively than ever to avoid unionization of their workforces.

Jacob M. Sitman
Dec. 14, 2015

Companies That Use Staffing Agencies Must Be Careful to Avoid Joint Employer Liability

Companies that use temporary staffing agencies can and should take steps to mitigate the risk of joint employer liability.

Jacob M. Sitman
Mar. 11, 2014

Protecting Confidential Information Against the Dangers Posed by Departing Employees

Theft of confidential company information by employees is rampant; fortunately, there are steps employers can take to mitigate the risk of employee data theft. The Wall Street Journal recently reported the results of a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute and Symantec Corp., which found that half of the employees surveyed said they had taken […]

Jacob M. Sitman
Jan. 9, 2014

New Year’s Resolutions for the Healthcare Employer

Healthcare employers continued to face employment law compliance challenges and difficulties managing their workforce in 2013. By looking at the employment law trends in 2013, healthcare employers can learn how to mitigate the risks of and have a more productive and successful 2014.  Here is a look at some of the trends of 2013, and […]

Jacob M. Sitman
Dec. 18, 2013

Employers: In Light of New “Ban the Box” Laws, Review Employment Applications and Onboarding Process

In light of new “Ban the Box” laws, employers should review their employment applications and onboarding process.  Several municipalities, including Philadelphia, have enacted ordinances banning or limiting the ability of employers from asking applicants for employment about criminal history, usually until after a job offer is made, and then only to the extent it is job related […]

Jacob M. Sitman
Nov. 13, 2013

Employers Can Reduce Risk of Employee Theft and Fraud

As a recent case of a restaurant general manager stealing from his employer illustrates, employee theft and fraud do happen. While there is nothing that an employer can do to completely eliminate the risk, there are some basic things employers can do to protect their business and significantly reduce the risk. For example, when it comes to employees […]

Jacob M. Sitman
Jun. 3, 2013

Employee or Intern? Why Employers Should Reconsider Their Unpaid Summer Internship Program This Year

The time of year (i.e., graduation and summer vacation) and the economy (i.e., tepid job market and struggling recovery) have created what would appear to be a win-win situation. Students, grads and others who have not found regular employment are “volunteering” to work as interns for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations.