Teresa Wright is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents numerous employers in both litigation and administrative proceedings and advises clients with respect to state and federal employment laws.
Ms. Wright 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. She 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).
Honors and Recognitions
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Northern Virginia Family Services, Oakton, VA, Pro bono attorney
•The Shepherd's Table, Silver Spring, MD, Pro bono attorney
• 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]
June 3, 2015
Two District of Columbia Agencies Will Enforce New Protections for Pregnant Workers
June 3, 2015
The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) and the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced on June 1, 2015, a joint effort to investigate and enforce the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 (“PPWFA” or “Act”). An individual may now file a PPWFA complaint with...
April 8, 2015
District of Columbia Ban-the-Box Law Traps Employers
April 8, 2015
Employers are seeing charges mount against them under the District of Columbia's recent “Ban the Box” law, the Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014, which became effective December 17, 2014. The Act requires employers to remove criminal background questions from all job application forms and...
March 16, 2015
District of Columbia Passes Legislation Allowing Employees to Discuss Wages
March 16, 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 13665, mandating that federal contractors...
In the News
February 27, 2015 Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report
Teresa Burke Wright Discusses Provisions to Ensure Compliance With New Paid Sick Leave Laws
February 27, 2015
Teresa Burke Wright is quoted in “States, Localities Enacted a Host of Private Sector Leave Laws in 2014,” published in Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report.View Article (subscription may be required)