Sarah M. Bachner

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Contact InfoTelephone: 856 874 4255
Fax: 856 874 4375
University Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005
Law SchoolRutgers School of Law - Camden, J.D., with high honors, 2009 Business Editor, Journal of Law and Public Policy
Admitted2009, New Jersey; 2009, Pennsylvania

Sarah M. Bachner practices in the area of labor and employment law, representing clients in the litigation of employment matters and counseling clients with respect to compliance with various laws. Ms. Bachner has represented clients in the litigation of employment discrimination, wage and hour, class and collective action and other employment-related matters both in federal and state court as well as before federal, state and local administrative agencies. In addition, she has represented management clients in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in arbitration proceedings brought pursuant to collective bargaining agreements.

Ms. Bachner additionally provides counseling, advice and training to clients with respect to compliance in a variety of areas of employment and labor law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD), New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA), other state anti-discrimination laws, state wage-and-hour laws, state leave laws, employment contracts and restrictive covenants.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2009-2012, 2014-present
•U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Judicial Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams, 2013

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2015, Philadelphia, May 14, 2015
•Speaker, Developments in Workplace Law and Practice, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2014, Philadelphia, May 8, 2014

Selected Publications

•Author, Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Law Barring Individuals with Convictions from Working with the Elderly, Duane Morris Alert, January 13, 2016
•Co-author, Ban the Box Legislation Signed into Law in New Jersey, Duane Morris Alert, August 15, 2014
•Author, Newark Passes Ordinance Requiring Employers to Give Employees Paid Sick Leave, Duane Morris Alert, March 13, 2014
•Author, Philadelphia Amends Fair Practices Ordinance to Require Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy and Childbirth, Duane Morris Alert, March 10, 2014
•Co-author, New Jersey Adds Pregnancy to List of Classes Protected by Its Law Against Discrimination, Duane Morris Alert, January 28, 2014
• D.C. Circuit Enjoins NLRB's Posting Rule, Pending Appellate Proceedings, Duane Morris Alert, April 18, 2012
•Co-author, Philadelphia Bans the Box : Employers Cannot Ask About Criminal Convictions on Employment Applications, Duane Morris Alert, April 19, 2011
• Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Abusing Federal Jurisdiction? Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, Spring 2009 (Also at Cherry Hill, New Jersey Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Obtained on behalf of a hospital an order granting summary judgment on a former employee's lawsuit in which he alleged that the hospital terminated him in retaliation for complaining about a supervisor's sexual harassment. The court concluded that summary judgment was warranted for the hospital because the plaintiff failed to establish a prima facie case of retaliation and, even if he had established a prima facie case, plaintiff failed to establish that the legitimate reasons given for his termination were a pretext for unlawful retaliation.; Prevailed on motion to dismiss on behalf of healthcare entity in a case involving New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act claim.; Obtained dismissal of Complaint at the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights on behalf of client in a race discrimination case.; Represented a community hospital in a two-week multi-plaintiff jury trial involving claims of retaliation under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and claims of defamation.; Represented a healthcare entity in a case involving defamation and retaliation claims concerning mandatory disclosures under the New Jersey Health Care Professional Responsibility and Reporting Enhancement Act (commonly referred to as the Cullen Law).; Represented banking entity in religious discrimination case under Title VII.; Represented client defending charge of discrimination before the EEOC alleging disability discrimination, national origin discrimination, and retaliation.; Represented a distributor of dialysis products in a trial before an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board; handled factual and legal research and production of documents, participated in development of trial strategy, and drafted pre-trial and post-trial briefs. Drafted brief appealing administrative law judge's decision to the National Labor Relations Board and the response to the General Counsel's cross-appeal.; Represented a drug-and-alcohol treatment center in a suit brought by a former employee under the American with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act in federal court; provided a detailed analysis of the data, conducted factual research, drafted discovery responses and handled production of documents.
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Sarah M. Bachner

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103-7396


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