Overview

Casey Kurtz represents management clients in a wide range of labor and employment matters arising under both federal and state laws. His litigation experience includes appearing in court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission to defend claims alleging:

  • Wrongful discharge
  • Discrimination
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodations
  • Interference or retaliation under the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Harassment
  • Defamation
  • Unfair competition

In his traditional labor law practice, Casey represents companies in arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations, union organizational campaigns and in various proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

As co-chair of Littler’s Leaves of Absence and Disability Accommodation Practice Group, Casey has extensive experience assisting clients with the design and administration of leave of absence and accommodation policies and procedures; counseling employers regarding day-to-day leave and accommodation issues; training management and HR staff in these areas; and defending claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and related state laws. He also counsels clients regarding other personnel matters, litigation avoidance and compliance with various federal and state laws, including:

  • Title VII
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act

He conducts in-house training sessions to help employers avoid employment-related liability. Casey most often works with clients in the following industries: retail, healthcare, higher education, manufacturing and transportation. 

Casey is a frequent speaker on various labor and employment law topics before human resources professionals and other business groups. In law school, he was a managing editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Allegheny County Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Heartwood Institute

2004-2014

Recognition

Named, Rising Star in Employment Litigation

Pennsylvania

Super Lawyers

2010 and 2011

Order of the Coif

Recipient, Dean's Scholarship

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

1996-1999

News, Analysis & Press

Right to FMLA Reinstatement Is Not Absolute

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 27, 2013

Family and Medical Leave Act Update – Key Takeaways from the New Regulations

Legal Insights

Vol. 6, No. 1, National Association of Professional Employer Organizations

June 2013

DOL Issues Rules for Military FMLA, Eases Ability to Revise Forms

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

February 5, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Moving Through the Fog: Handling Complex Issues in Workplace Accommodations Involving "Invisible" Disabilities, Gender Identity and Religious Preferences

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 12, 2017

The FMLA Today: Tackling New and Persistent Leave Issues

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017
15 Employer FMLA Missteps and How to Fix Them

September 22, 2015
Leave Issues for 2015 and Beyond: Avoiding 15 Common FMLA Pitfalls and Preparing for Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Pittsburgh, PA

September 22, 2015

Leave Me Alone – Handling FMLA Intermittent Leave Abuse and Post-FMLA Accommodations

Littler Mendelson, Pittsburgh, PA

October 7, 2014
A Year of FMLA and ADA Developments: Keeping Your Company Out of the Headlines

Pittsburgh, PA

September 23, 2014

No More Half Measures: Getting Serious About Controlling FMLA Abuse

The 2014 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

May 8, 2014
The New FMLA Regulations – What You Need to Know Now

May 16, 2013

Strategies for Managing Employee Leaves and Medical Issues Amid Conflicting Concerns

The 2013 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2013

Troubleshooting the FMLA Abuser

Westmoreland Human Resources Association

April 3, 2013

Troubleshooting the FMLA Abuser

Butler Human Resources Association

February 12, 2013
FMLA Strategy Session – How Retailers Can Curb Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave Abuse

November 1, 2012

FMLA Takes Center Stage

XpertHR Podcast

May 29, 2012

The ADA in Real Life

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

The Retail Industry Summit

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2012

FMLA: Troubleshooting the FMLA Abuser

HR 101 Workshop - Pittsburgh Human Relations Association

February 27, 2012

Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1999 magna cum laude
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1993 With Honors

Bar Admission

Pennsylvania

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida