- Leave and Health Management
- General Employment Litigation
- Management and Employee Training
|University ||Muhlenberg College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1986 Member, Phi Beta Kappa|
|Law School||Harvard Law School, J.D., with honors, 1989|
|Admitted||1989, Virginia; 1991, District of Columbia; 1998, Maryland; 1991, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1992, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia and District of Columbia; 1994, U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court|
Teresa Wright is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is the Regional Chair of the Firm's Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Ms. Wright represents numerous employers in both litigation and administrative proceedings and advises clients with respect to state and federal employment laws. She has handled jury trials and other litigation involving discrimination, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and wrongful termination. Ms. Wright also counsels management regarding employment issues, including employee discipline and termination; preparation of employment contracts, personnel policies and handbooks; investigation of employee misconduct; management training; and preventing unlawful harassment.
Ms. Wright is a popular lecturer on a wide variety of employment-related topics, including employee accommodations and leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and state/local leave laws; avoiding unlawful harassment; preparing effective and enforceable severance agreements; and avoiding liability through appropriate performance evaluations, discipline and discharge practices. She was the author of a monthly column for Credit Union Magazine from 1998 through 2002, and previously served on the advisory panel for the Fair Employment Practices Guidelines. Ms. Wright is a frequent speaker for such groups as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), Lorman Education Services, and the National Business Institute.
Before joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Wright was a partner with Krupin, Greenbaum & O'Brien LLC, a management-side labor and employment firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., and an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Bingham Dana, LLP (now Bingham McCutcheon, LLP). She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the D.C. and Fourth Circuits, and the state and federal courts for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Ms. Wright has been designated by Law and Politics magazine as a “Super Lawyer” for Employment & Labor Law in Virginia from 2011-2013.
After graduating summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 1986, Ms. Wright earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, with honors, in 1989.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
•Pro bono attorney, Northern Virginia Family Services; Oakton, VA
•Pro bono attorney, The Shepherd's Table; Silver Spring, MD
•Author, Credit Union Magazine, monthly column, 1998-2002
•Member, Adisory Panel, Disability Leave and Absence Reporter and Fair Employment Practices Guidelines
FMLA Myths and Misconceptions
Credit Union Magazine (May 2003) [Author]
ADA Trumps Seniority Plan
Credit Union Magazine (July 2002) [Author]
ADA Restricts Medical Inquiries
Credit Union Magazine (March 2002) [Author]
Privacy Is Key to EAPs
Credit Union Magazine (January 2002) [Co-Author]
A Supreme Court Preview
Credit Union Magazine (November 2001) [Author]
Does the ADA Require Businesses to Allow Employees to Work at Home?
Disability Leave and Absence Reporter (October 2001) [Author]
Is Arbitration Right for You?
Credit Union Magazine (July 2001) [Author]
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District of Columbia Ban-the-Box Law Traps Employers
Robin C. Terry,Teresa Burke Wright, April 16, 2015
The Act requires employers to remove criminal background questions from all job application forms and restricts employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. (For more information, see our article, District of...
District of Columbia Passes Legislation Allowing Employees to Discuss Wages
Kesia M. Brown,Daniel D. Schudroff,Teresa Burke Wright, March 31, 2015
The District of Columbia has passed the Wage Transparency Act of 2014. The Act prohibits all private employers within the District from implementing workplace policies that forbid employees from discussing their wages with coworkers. The Act echoes President Barack Obama’s Executive Order...
District of Columbia Increases Protections for Pregnant Workers
Alta M. Ray,Teresa Burke Wright, February 26, 2015
A new District of Columbia law will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions and prohibit employers from requiring an employee to take leave if it is possible for the employee to continue...
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