Richard J. Hafets: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Richard J. Hafets

Office Managing Shareholder
Baltimore,  MD  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Disability
  • Leave and Health Management
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • Education
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial Services
  • Food Processing and Manufacturing
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Technology and Telecom
  • Transportation and Warehousing
University American University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1973
Law SchoolAmerican University Washington College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1976
Admitted1976, Maryland; 1977, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; 1981, District of Columbia; 1977, Maryland - D. Md.; 1980, U.S. Supreme Court; 1997, DC - D. D.C.

Richard J. Hafets is a Shareholder in the Baltimore, Maryland, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He practices in all areas of labor and employment law, including union avoidance, traditional labor-management relations, employment litigation, EEO and affirmative action, OSHA, and general personnel.

Mr. Hafets is primary labor counsel to many Fortune 500 companies, health care institutions, charities, and civic organizations.

Prior to working for Jackson Lewis, Mr. Hafets headed the Labor and Employment practice group in the Baltimore office for a leading global general interest law firm. Earlier on, he worked with the National Labor Relations Board.

Honors and Recognitions

Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore's Best Lawyers”
•Employment and Labor law in Maryland, Client Choice Award (chosen by corporate counsel) (2014 and 2015)
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who Legal: USA - Management Labor & Employment, Maryland

Richard J.

Published Works

•“Is Your Current E-Mail Policy a Ticking Time Bomb Under the NLRA?,” HR Advisor (Thomson/West Publishing) (May/June 2005)
•“An Alternative to Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3 (Winter 2003)
The Developing Labor Law, and How Arbitration Works Cumulative Supplements (BNA) [Chapter Editor]


June 17, 2014

Parental Leave Act Strengthens Maryland Employee Leave Protections

June 17, 2014

Effective October 1, 2014, small employers in Maryland will be required to provide employees with unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child under the Maryland Parental Leave Act (“PLA” or “Act”), a new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly.Covered EmployersThe PLA covers small employers that...

May 22, 2014

Baltimore Enacts 'Ban the Box' Law, Restricts Private Employers' Inquiries into Applicants' Criminal Backgrounds

May 22, 2014

The Baltimore City Council has enacted the “Ban the Box Fair Criminal Record Screening Practices” Ordinance, which restricts the timing of pre-employment inquiries about a job applicant's criminal history by certain private employers. The Ordinance will become effective August 13, 2014, 90 days after Mayor Stephanie...

March 28, 2014

Maryland to Ban Discrimination on Basis of Gender Identity

March 28, 2014

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity, positioning Maryland to join 17 other states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in providing protections from unlawful discrimination to employees based on gender identity. The anti-discrimination laws of certain localities...

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August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective...

May 19, 2015
Chambers & Partners

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide

May 19, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking

Reported CasesSelected Published Cases: McCann v. New World Pasta Co.,2012 U. S. Dist Lexis 44838 ( E. D. Mo. March 30, 2012) (granting summary judgment in race, age, gender, disability and retaliation case). Wyatt v. Maryland Institute College of Art,2012 U. S. Dist Lexis 30465 ( D. Md. March 7, 2012) (granting summary judgment in ADA case). Lapchak v. MICA, Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-10-003549 (3/3/11) (granting summary judgment in ADA case). Talib v. McCormick & Company, Circuit Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-09-005559 (5/21/10) (granting summary judgment in wrongful discharge case; affirmed on appeal; certiorari denied). Garrison v. McCormick & Company, 2010 U. S. Dist Lexis 64920 ( D. Md. June 30, 2010) ( summary judgment granted in ADA case; appeal dismissed). O'Shea v. Teamsters Local 639 and UPS, 210 Fed. Appx. 317 ( 4th Cir. 2006 ) ( aff'g summary judgment in Section 301 suit). Olarinde v. Holy Cross Hospital, 57 Fed. Appx 595 (4th Cir. 2003) (aff'g summary judgment in race discrimination case). Hamilton v. Village of Cross Keys, Inc., 36 Fed. Appx. 515 (4th Cir. 2002 ) (aff'g summary judgment in sex discrimination/wrongful discharge case). Davis v. Exxon Co., 2000 U. S. App. Lexis 371 ( 4th Cir. 2000) (aff'g summary judgment in wrongful discharge/breach of contract case )Guo v. Ryland Group, Inc, 1997 U. S. App. Lexis 22721 (4th Cir. 1997 ) (aff'g summary judgment in race/national origin case ). Jones v. American Red Cross, 1997 U. S. App. Lexis 16273 ( 4th Cir. 1997 ) (aff'g summary judgment in race case ). Banks v. McCormick & Co., 1991 U. S. App. Lexis 11002 ( 4th Cir. 1991 ) (aff'g summary judgment in race case ). Sharma v. Lockheed Engineering & Management Services Co., 862 F. 2d 314 (4th Cir. 1988 ) ( aff'g summary judgment in race/national origin case ). Anderson v. Dunbar Armored, Inc., 2009 U. S. Dist. Lexis 73041 ( ND Ga. 2009 ) ( granting summary judgment in race/sex case ). New World Pasta Co. v. Teamsters Local 688, 2007 U. S. Dist. Lexis 80314 ( ED Mo. 2007 ) ( vacating arbitration award ). Berkley v. New World Pasta Co., 2006 U. S. Dist. Lexis 50695 ( ED Mo. 2006 ) ( granting summary judgment in ADA case ). Hammad v. Tate Access Floors, 31 F. Supp 2d 524 (D. Md. 1999 ) ( dismissing multi-pronged discrimination case ). Seaman v. Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, 991 F. Supp 751 ( D. Md. 1998 ) ( striking down FMLA regulation ). Diamond v. T. Rowe Price Associates, 852 F. Supp. 372 (D. Md. 1994 ) ( granting summary judgment in sex/ Equal Pay Act case ). Douglas v. PHH Fleetamerica Corp., 832 F. Supp. 1002 ( D. Md. 1993) ( granting summary judgment in sex/age discrimination case ).

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Richard J. Hafets

2800 Quarry Lake Drive, Suite 200
BaltimoreMD 21209


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