Bill Simmons has represented employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, ranging from nationwide wage and hour class and collective actions to individual lawsuits. He has handled numerous claims alleging violations of state and federal anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation statutes, such as:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act
- The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
- The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
- The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
He regularly defends employers in connection with discrimination charges filed at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state administrative agencies around the country, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.
A large portion of Bill’s practice now concerns compliance with the array of laws governing background checks in hiring, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), state, and local “ban the box” laws, state social media privacy laws, and state fair credit reporting acts. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in a variety of putative class action cases against employers for alleged violation of the FCRA’s disclosure, authorization and pre-adverse action requirements. He has also defended employers against class action claims alleging disparate impact in background checks, individual claims under state laws such as the Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act, and discrimination charges related to background checks. Bill frequently trains in-house legal departments and human resources departments on background check processes and substantive decision-making. He is a regular speaker on background check related practices. Bill also leverages knowledge of consumer reporting agencies in his practice, having advised several consumer reporting agencies on compliance matters and conducted an in-depth consumer reporting agency audit.