Lynn F. Jacob has been defending employers in employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, employee benefit, unlawful retaliation, workplace tort and contractual employment matters for more than 20 years. She concentrates her practice on labor and employment matters.
Ms. Jacob has extensive litigation experience in federal and local courts in Virginia and the District of Columbia and before federal and state administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
She serves as lead counsel in litigation involving claims of workplace discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, race, pregnancy and religion, as well as claims of hostile work environments; violations of the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Family Medical Leave Act; defamation; and unlawful retaliation for whistleblowing.
She defends multi-million dollar breach of employment agreement claims and lawsuits alleging violations of ERISA prohibited transaction prohibitions and violations of the False Claims Act. She served as lead counsel in Doss v Jamco, Inc. and Graham v Central Fidelity Bank – landmark Virginia Supreme Court decisions limiting exceptions to the employment at will doctrine. Ms. Jacob has represented employers throughout the country in more than 100 commercial and labor arbitrations.
Ms. Jacob also provides general employment advice to employers on complex legal issues in all areas of employment and traditional labor law. She represents companies throughout the country in all aspects of labor-management issues including union avoidance, work stoppages, contract negotiations, grievances and arbitrations.
She assists government contractors with all aspects of affirmative action compliance including developing and maintaining affirmative action plans and defending them in OFCCP audits. With the goal of avoiding litigation, Ms. Jacob routinely provides proactive advice on employment practices and compliance issues including containing absenteeism and performance management.
Ms. Jacob works extensively with clients in developing and drafting employment contracts, restrictive covenant agreements and severance agreements and releases as well as prosecuting and defending actions involving breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee raiding, misappropriation of confidential information, tortious interference with contract and related business claims.
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