Peter J. Ennis represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies involving such claims as sexual harassment, race, sex, age and disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, breaches of covenants not to compete; cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and ERISA, and various types of injunction proceedings.
Peter has also handled many labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges involving a broad range of contract interpretation and disciplinary issues, including discharges arising from drug and alcohol related offenses, theft, fraud, insubordination and absenteeism.
Peter’s practice includes counseling employers on such diverse personnel-related issues as compliance with discrimination laws, hiring, evaluating and discharging employees, drug and alcohol testing, developing record-keeping and personnel policies and employee handbooks, pay practices and employee benefits, negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, and health and safety issues.
He is also responsible for advising employers of their affirmative action obligations, if any, under federal and state law. In this regard, he has drafted and revised affirmative action obligations and assisted clients in responding to OFCCP audits.
As general outside counsel to two non-profits and special counsel to numerous additional non-profits, Peter has been involved in a wide range of issues, including reviewing and revising corporate by-laws; training board members on fiduciary obligations; drafting and revising employee handbooks and numerous other policies relating to board members, staff and clients; succession planning; responding to government claims of misuse of funds and failure to comply with applicable regulations; real estate acquisition and development; obtaining status as an institute of purely public charity under Pennsylvania law; advising and responding to allegations of sexual abuse against clients; custody issues; and determining “in loco parentis” status.
Upon graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur H. Healy of the Supreme Court of Connecticut. Peter also serves as editor-in-chief of Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook, which is currently in its Fourth Edition and published by PBI Press.
- Prevailed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which affirmed the district court’s dismissal of a claim arising under the False Claims Act in which the plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages for alleged false billing by a drug and alcohol treatment center.
- Represented a client in federal court in Orange County, Calif., in which, after a six day trial, he obtained defense verdict in a sales commission case in which the plaintiffs were seeking over $4 million.
- Obtained summary judgment in state court in Allegheny County, Pa. in a negligent hiring claim in a case alleging sexual abuse of a minor.
- Prevailed in labor arbitration where the union claimed that the employer violated the collective bargaining agreement by ceasing to pay cost of living adjustments.
- Drafted affirmative action plans, including the required statistical analysis, for an employer with multiple plants around the country.
- New England School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1982
- Colgate University, B.A., 1978
BAR ADMISSIONS : Pennsylvania; West Virginia
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court — Northern District of West Virginia
- U.S. District Court — Southern District of West Virginia
- Justice Arthur H. Healy, Connecticut Supreme Court
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