Wendy Johnson Lario represents employers in litigation involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and whistleblowing, among others. She appears regularly in federal and state courts in New Jersey and New York and defends employers against charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR) and the New York Division of Human Rights (NYDHR). Wendy also provides advice and training to management and in-house counsel on employment issues, including hiring, firing, harassment, misconduct, leave and attendance, employee accommodations, employment and severance agreements, executive contracts, independent contractors, internal investigations, background checks, employee handbooks and policies, social networking, reductions in force, and employer requirements under identity theft statutes. She has represented companies in the telecommunications, retail, automotive, pharmaceutical, consumer electronics and chemical industries, among others.
Wendy has appeared on national television, including CBS's The Early Show and CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight. She has commented on employment law issues in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey Law Journal, Star-Ledger, The Record, the Courier News, New Jersey Business, NJ Biz and the Asbury Park Press.
Wendy lectures extensively and conducts seminars and training sessions concerning numerous employment law issues, including anti-discrimination laws, wrongful discharge, sexual and other harassment, and diversity training. She also trains and lectures on women's leadership, performance management, social networking, state and federal laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination, New York's Human Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), New Jersey's Family Leave Act, and New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act.
Areas of Concentration
· Employment litigation
· Agency litigation (EEOC, NJDCR, NYDHR)
· Employment counseling and training
· ADA, FMLA, Workers' Compensation
· Employment and severance agreements
· Data privacy and protection
Professional & Community Involvement
· New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
- Immediate Past President and Nominations Chair, 2012-2013
- President, 2011-2012
- President-Elect, 2010-2011
- Secretary, 2009-2010
- Board member, 2007-2009
· Trustee, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
· Member, Board of Visitors, Seton Hall University School of Law
· Member, American Bar Association
· Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
· Member, New York State Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law - Management, 2013-2014
· Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2013
· Recipient, "Alice Paul Equality Award," Alice Paul Institute, 2013
· Team Member, Lexology's Client Choice Award USA & Canada, United States: New Jersey, 2013
· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2011-2013
· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2005-2009, 2011-2013
- Corporate Counsel edition, 2010
· Recipient, "Salute to the Policy Makers Award," Executive Women of New Jersey, 2012
· Listed, NJBIZ, "Best 50 Women in Business," 2012
· Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011
· Selected, "Professional Lawyer of the Year," NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law, 2010
· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
· Cornelius v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained dismissal of the complaint in this military and age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
· Banks v. United Parcel Service, et al.; obtained summary judgment for UPS and various individually named defendants in this race and disability discrimination and failure to accommodate matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County.
· Young v. United Parcel Service; obtained dismissal for UPS based on lack of subject matter jurisdiction in connection with this race, age and national origin-based discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
· St. Jean v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained summary judgment for UPS in this race-based harassment and discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
· Pych v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; represented UPS in trial where jury returned a no cause of action verdict in an age discrimination and hostile work environment harassment matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County.
· DeVille v. Givaudan Fragrances Corporation; summary judgment awarded to Givaudan in this age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Sanctions were also obtained against plaintiff's counsel in connection with an expert deposition and report. Both orders were affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
· Parikh v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained summary judgment for UPS in this national origin and age discrimination matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
· Milliman v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained no cause determination for UPS following a protracted public hearing before an administrative law judge in this New York Division of Human Rights action alleging sexual harassment.
· Babcock v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained no cause of action ruling for UPS in this age discrimination arbitration at the American Arbitration Association.
· Whitehead v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; obtained summary judgment for UPS in ADA disability discrimination and failure to accommodate case in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
· Cunningham v. Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co., 386 N.J. Super. 423 (App. Div.), certif. denied, 188 N.J. 492 (2006); established the legal standard requiring petitioners seeking an award of workers' compensation temporary disability benefits to prove actual wage loss due to the disability.
· Wallace v. United Parcel Service, Inc.; represented UPS in jury trial where jury returned a no cause of action verdict in a race-based hostile work environment harassment matter in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
· Noto v. AT&T Corp., et. al.; represented AT&T Corp. in jury trial where jury returned a no cause of action verdict in a disability discrimination matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County.
· Clarke v. Ford Motor Co.; represented Ford Motor Co. in jury trial involving race discrimination and retaliation where a jury returned a no cause of action verdict in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.
· Dickerson v. Frontier Communications; obtained summary judgment for Frontier Communications/Global Crossing, Inc., in pregnancy discrimination matter in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County.
· Cadet v. Bosal USA; settled multi-plaintiff national origin and race discrimination case on the eve of trial in Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.
· Purefoy v. P.C. Richard & Son; obtained summary judgment for P.C. Richard in race discrimination case in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.
· Chelly v. Knoll Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 295 N.J. Super. 478 (App. Div. 1996); trial of public policy wrongful termination matter in Superior Court of New Jersey, Morris County; appellate division upheld trial court's dismissal of claims against Knoll Pharmaceuticals.
°The above representations were handled by Ms. Lario prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
· Former Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law
· Law Clerk, Hon. David S. Baime, New Jersey Appellate Division, 1992-1993
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Quoted, "Privacy Bill Veto Gives NJ Employers Reprieve From Litigation," Law360, May 7, 2013
· Author, "Criminal Background Checks Are More Restricted Than Ever: Beware of Making Adverse Employment Decisions Based on an Applicant's Past Criminal Conduct," New Jersey Law Journal, February 18, 2013
· Quoted, "Supreme Court Panel Recommends Allowing 'Virtual' Bona Fide Offices," New Jersey Law Journal, February 13, 2012
· Quoted, "Employment Lawyers Weigh in on Wal-Mart V. Dukes," Law360, June 20, 2011
· Featured, "Sanction Upheld for Discovery Conduct Called Abusive and Obstructionist," New Jersey Law Journal, April 4, 2011
· Author, "Accessibility to Court Documents Via the Web: Committee Recommends Internet Posting of Court Information," New Jersey Law Journal, March 17, 2008
· Co-author, "A New Day For The FMLA," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, March 2008
· Quoted, "Draft a Legal Plan Before Trouble Starts," NJ Biz, August 28, 2006
· Quoted, "Breach of Security," Asbury Park Press, July 16, 2006
· Quoted, "The War against Identity Theft Comes to Small Business," NJ Biz, January 9, 2006
· Quoted, "New Jersey Allows Freeze on Access to Credit Reports," The Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2006
· Quoted, "New Law Aims to Clamp Down on Identity Theft," Philadelphia Inquirer, January 2, 2006
· Quoted, "Lawyers Mobilize as Identity Theft Law Takes Effect," New Jersey Law Journal, January 2, 2006
· Quoted, "New year rings in for law and order in N.J.," Star-Ledger, January 1, 2006
· Quoted, "N.J. set to crack down on identity theft cases," Courier News, December 30, 2005
· Quoted, "New Safeguards on ID theft will take effect in N.J. Sunday," The Record, December 30, 2005
· Co-Author, "New Jersey Employers Must Take Steps to Prevent Identity Theft," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2005
· Featured, "Taking the Right Steps to Counter Harassment & Discrimination," New Jersey Business, August 2005
· Quoted, "When Pregnancy Leads to Bias Suits," NJ Biz, December 2, 2003
· Moderator, "Mediating Civil Cases," Morris County Bar Association MCLE Seminar, May 7, 2013
· Presenter, "How to Avoid the Firing Squad: Keeping Your Job When Bad Things Happen," NJCCA, September 21, 2012
· Presenter, "Seminar on Defining Leadership," UPS' New Jersey Management Team, July 18, 2012
· Presenter, "Mean Girls in the Hallways and Bad Boys in the Lunchroom... What Employers Can Do When Bullies Come to Work," NJCCA's Spring Reception, West Orange, NJ, May 16-17, 2012
· Presenter, "ADA Compliance in the Employee Lifecycle," New Jersey "Taking Care of Business" Breakfast Series, February 16, 2012