Her practice covers the spectrum of employment litigation, including both state and federal claims, and individual and class action suits. Her class action, collective action, and multi-plaintiff experience includes both suits by private parties and by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She has handled cases involving claims of race, age, disability, and sex discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, wage and hour, and non-compete/restrictive covenant issues. She has broad experience dealing with the EEOC and the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as state and local labor and employment agencies throughout the United States. She has an extensive appellate practice, including oral arguments before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Courts, and the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Ms. McFetridge also routinely counsels clients on a variety of employment practices including employment contracts and employee handbooks and policies. She conducts employee training seminars, harassment investigations, and frequently speaks on employment-related topics.
Ms. McFetridge testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions regarding the pending Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 182). In her testimony, she stressed that our existing laws, including the EPA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, provide robust protection against gender-based pay discrimination. She also emphasized that the employer community is already committed to ensuring gender pay parity.
Ms. McFetridge is also a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to attending law school, she worked for six years as an accountant and financial analyst with a major accounting firm and with a multinational pharmaceutical corporation.
•Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation. 2 ed. VA: Bureau of National Affairs, 2001. [Contributing Author]
•“Employment Law Implications of Mental Health Issues in Law Firms and Legal Departments,” The Practical Lawyer (April 2010) [Author]
•“Pending Pay Equity Legislation Would Do More Harm than Good,” The Job Description (DRI, November 15, 2010) [Author]
• Jury Instructions for Employment Defense Litigators, Defense Library Series (DRI, May, 2007) [Editor]
•“Avoiding and Attacking 'Junk Science' in Employment Litigation,” Mental and Emotion Injuries in Employment Litigation, Second Edition, Bureau of National Affairs (2001) [Author]
• Federal Court Rejects Overtime Claims of Table Games Supervisors, Gaming Law Review 11.2 (4/2007) [Author]
• When are Superiors Personally Liable for Employment Law Violations? Illinois Bar Journal (1/2004) [Author]
•“Employment Litigation: Psychological 'Junk Science,'” For the Defense (DRI, October 2001) [Author]
• After September 11th: Religious Discrimination in the Workplace, For the Defense (10/2002) [Author]
Honors and Recognitions
•BTI Client Service All-Stars (2011 and 2014)
In the News
August 15, 2016
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2017
WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 - Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm's 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the...
May 27, 2016
Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA Guide
WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 27, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide which ranks leading law firms in the United States. In addition to the firm's national...
December 17, 2015
Jane McFetridge Discusses Legal Liabilities of Workplace Holiday Parties
Jane McFetridge discusses legal liabilities of workplace holiday parties in the Chicago Tribune's Learn to stop worrying and love the office holiday party.
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association's National Institute on Sexual Harassment, Faculty Member
•Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Committee Member, 2004 Annual Employment Law Seminar Program Chair