Overview

A highly-skilled and successful litigator Jean L. Schmidt has successfully represented and counseled employers in all aspects of employment law for more than 20 years. Her litigation experience includes the successful defense of:

  • An airline in claims involving race, age and disability discrimination
  • A national manufacturing company against sex discrimination claims
  • An insurance company in health benefit claims under ERISA

She also has represented technology companies, catalog companies, and IT service providers in disputes involving the enforcement of non-competition agreements, confidentiality agreements and non-solicitation agreements, including obtaining and defending against preliminary injunctions.

Jean owned her own business prior to receiving her law degree, which has made her particularly effective in understanding clients' businesses and helping them achieve their business goals in ways that minimize the risk of employment litigation and liability.

She provides counseling and advice to clients on a daily basis in all aspects of employment matters, including:

  • Sexual harassment investigations
  • Preparation of employment contracts
  • Managing reductions-in-force
  • Plant closings and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Title VII
  • Other federal, state and local employment laws

Jean has lectured on a variety of employment law topics, including coordinating the Family and Medical Leave Act with the federal and state disability and workers compensation laws. She also conducts training seminars for supervisory and managerial employees on equal employment laws and sexual harassment and frequently serves as a program speaker for professional associations.

Jean began her legal career with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was appointed the acting regional attorney in New York, and was the Commission's lead attorney in a nationwide class action sex discrimination law suit against a major food corporation.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

New York City Bar Association

Member

American Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families

Recognition

Named, Super Lawyer

New York

Super Lawyers

2012

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2018-2019

News, Analysis & Press

Same-Sex Married Couples Now Have Equal Rights to FMLA Leave Regardless of Their Residence

Association of Corporate Counsel North Florida Chapter, First Quarter Newsletter 2015

A Look at Changes to New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal Employment

May 13, 2014

FMLA: After DOMA ruling, employee’s residence matters

Business Management Daily

July 22, 2013

New York City Passes New Sick Leave Law

New York Law Journal

July 12, 2013

DOMA Ruling Will Change FMLA Administration

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

July 2, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Healthcare Roundtable

New York, NY

June 2, 2016

Conducting Lawful Investigations: Facing New Challenges, Refining Your Techniques and Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

Closing the Gender Pay Gap: The Role of State Fair Pay Laws

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016
2016 Hot Topics for New York Employers

New York, NY

March 1, 2016
Corporate Compliance & Financial Services Update

New York, NY

November 19, 2015
2015 Tri-State Employer Conference

New York, NY

November 5, 2015
DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

New York, NY

September 10, 2015
DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

New York, NY

August 13, 2015
DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

New York, NY

July 23, 2015
The Demise of On-Call Shifts? New York, San Francisco & Beyond

June 18, 2015
Annual NY Legal Update: The Top Employment and Labor Issues Affecting New York Employers

New York, NY

October 16, 2014
No More Half Measures: Getting Serious About Controlling Abuse of Leaves Under the FMLA, ADA and Local Laws

New York, NY

June 18, 2014

Critical Employment Law Issues Facing Healthcare Employers Today

2012 Healthcare Summit - Littler Mendelson

September 12, 2012
A Look Back / A Look Forward Legal Update: The Top Employment and Labor Issues Affecting New York Employers

New York, NY

March 14, 2012
The 2011 Littler Health Care Summit

New York, NY

June 8, 2011
Alternatives to Reductions in Force: Getting it Right in Recessionary Times

New York, NY

May 13, 2009

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., Miami University

Bar Admission

New York
New Jersey
California

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona