Charlene A. Barker focuses her practice on employment and labor law litigation, defending employers in federal and state court in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. Her employment practice is focused primarily on civil actions arising under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA), the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL) and the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL). Ms. Barker also represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) in discrimination, harassment and retaliation matters.
Her experience includes:
•Counseling clients on compliance with federal, state and local laws
•Advising clients on drafting employee handbooks and manuals, employee/workplace privacy matters, drug testing, and conducting internal investigations
•Protecting trade secrets and confidential information through the enforcement of restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Barker worked at another Philadelphia firm in their Business Law & Litigation Department where she focused on employment litigation. Prior to that, she was an attorney at an AmLaw 100 firm in New York City where she practiced complex commercial litigation and real estate litigation.
Directly after law school, Ms. Barker clerked for the Hon. Petrese B. Tucker, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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