Joseph Harkins

Littler Mendelson PC

$ $$$

Connecticut Avenue Northwest 815
Washington 20006 DC US

Joseph P. Harkins is a litigator who defends employers in individual and class action cases in all areas of employment law in judicial, administrative, and arbitral settings. Joe also serves as Associate General Counsel to Littler.

Joe frequently defends employers in claims of sex, sexual orientation, race, age, disability and leave discrimination, and retaliation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state fair employment practices agencies, and in federal and state courts. Joe also litigates wage and hour collective actions and FCRA and COBRA class actions.

He has civil jury trial experience in several jurisdictions and has conducted numerous labor arbitrations and arbitration enforcement actions. Additionally, Joe represents employers before the U.S. Department of Justice in citizenship discrimination proceedings.

In addition to litigation, Joe advises private sector employers, non-profit associations, law firms and background check companies on federal and state laws regulating employee screening. Overall, he counsels employers on :

  • Family and Medical Leave Act / Americans with Disabilities Act compliance
  • Fair Labor Standards Act compliance
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • Disparate impact analyses under various anti-discrimination statutes

Prior to his 30 years as a management labor and employment lawyer, Joe served for six years as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York. There he gained extensive jury trial experience, including the prosecution of homicide cases for two years. Based on this experience, Joe often advises employers when they or their employees interact with the criminal justice system.

Education :

  • J.D., Georgetown University, 1982
  • A.B., Princeton University, 1976

Courts :

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland


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