Overview

Jennifer C. Znosko is an experienced employment attorney whose practice extends to numerous areas of litigation and employment counseling. As a seasoned attorney and former human resources professional, Jen brings a unique and valuable perspective to any employment or personnel challenge faced by her clients.

Wage and Hour/Class Actions

The primary focus of Jen’s employment practice is wage and hour law. Jen’s extensive experience in wage and hour law includes:

  • Litigation - Defending employers in class/collective actions asserting minimum wage and overtime claims and misclassification claims under the Missouri Minimum Wage Law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Client Counseling - Counseling clients on pay practices that comply with the requirements of Missouri, Illinois, and federal law, and the implementation of practices that reduce the risks of wage and hour disputes
  • Audits - Conducting audits and providing counseling advice related to the proper classification of employees as exempt under the FLSA, including the new white collar regulations that were scheduled to go into effect in December of 2016
  • Contingent Workforce - Litigating numerous lawsuits in various federal district courts regarding the proper classification of workers as independent contractors or employees, and counseling clients regarding the benefits and risks in maintaining a contingent workforce
  • Presentations - Frequently speaks on wage and hour developments and compliance

Notably, Jen obtained dismissal of straight time claims under the FLSA asserted by plaintiffs in two different collective/class action lawsuits pending in the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. In one of these cases, the judge also granted a motion for decertification of a conditionally-certified collective under the FLSA.

Discrimination and Harassment

In addition to her wage and hour practice, Jen regularly litigates discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Missouri Human Rights Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act in federal courts and state courts in Missouri and Illinois. She has handled all stages of the litigation process including:

  • Formulating defense strategies
  • Taking and defending depositions
  • Preparing and arguing dispositive motions
  • Representing employers at mediation and negotiating settlements

Jen has conducted fact investigations, prepared position statements, represented witnesses during agency interviews, and represented employers during fact-finding conferences and mediations before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Hiring, Performance Management and Termination

Jen regularly advises employers on various human resources matters, including:

  • Maintaining a compliant hiring process
  • Administering discipline
  • Conducting investigations
  • Discharging employees, including reductions-in-force
  • Responding to requests for leaves of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Navigating requests for accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Reviewing and revising employee handbooks and other policy manuals
  • Maintaining and administering drug testing policies

As a former human resources professional, Jen partners with her clients and provides practical solutions to workforce management challenges encountered by employers. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute. 

Representative Industries

Jen has experience working with clients in numerous national and global industries, including:

  • Telecommunications
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Transportation
  • Retail
  • Non-profit
  • Manufacturing

Professional Experience

After law school, Jen served as a law clerk for the Hon. Mary R. Russell of the Supreme Court of Missouri. While at the University of Missouri School of Law, she was the managing editor of the Missouri Law Review, and a member of the regional mock trial and regional moot court teams.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Missouri Bar

Member

Illinois State Bar Association

Member

Labor and Employment Law Section

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

National Legal Counsel

Alpha Phi Omega

Member, Board of Directors

Alpha Phi Omega

Vice President, Board of Directors

Webster Child Care Center

Chair

Human Resources Committee

Webster Child Care Center

Member

St. Peter Catholic Church

Member

Young Families Committee and Welcoming Committee

St. Peter Catholic Church

Recognition

Recipient, Up & Coming Award

Missouri Lawyers Weekly

2016

Named, Super Lawyer

Missouri and Kansas

Super Lawyers

2013 and 2014

Named, Rising Star

Missouri and Kansas

Super Lawyers

2011 and 2012

Order of the Barristers

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

The Littler State and Federal Legal Update – Wage & Hour Update

Littler St. Louis Employment & Labor Law Conference

October 3, 2018
St. Louis Women's Leadership Initiative Luncheon

St. Louis, MO

August 15, 2018

Weed at Work: Are Marijuana Users the Newest Protected Class?

Missouri SHRM Conference, Lakes of the Ozarks, MO

August 9, 2018

Avoiding Legal Landmines: An Employer’s Guide to Lawful Recruitment & Hiring

AAIM Employer Organization, St. Louis, MO

June 29, 2018

Employee Handbook Do’s and Don’ts: Best Practices to Avoid Common Pitfalls

Human Resources Management of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

February 21, 2018

Strategies for Addressing Sexual Harassment Complaints: Elevating Your Corporate Culture by Embracing a Zero Tolerance Position on Sexual Harassment and Empowering Employees to Speak Up

Webinar - HireLevel

December 6, 2017

Weed at Work: Are Marijuana Users the Next Newest Protected Class?

ILEA, St. Louis, MO

November 16, 2017

What Every Attorney Should Know: Labor, Employment & Tax under the New State & Federal Administrations – The Current Status of Federal Wage & Hour Law

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis CLE, St. Louis, MO

October 4, 2017
2017 Brings Sweeping Changes to Federal and State of Missouri Labor and Employment Laws

St. Louis, MO

June 8, 2017

Effective Wage and Hour Audits: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

Human Resources Management Association of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

February 15, 2017

Preparing for the New Overtime Rule: Final Considerations About Policies, Procedures and Training

Webinar - HireLevel

September 14, 2016

Preparing for the New Overtime Rule: Communication About Reclassification Decisions

Webinar - HireLevel

August 3, 2016

Preparing for the New Overtime Rule: Considerations & Challenges in the Reclassification Process

Webinar - HireLevel

July 13, 2016

Preparing for Change: DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime

Webinar - HireLevel

June 8, 2016

Avoiding Legal Claims in the Hiring Process

2016 IPMA-HR Central Region Conference, St. Louis, MO

June 6, 2016

Working on Overtime: Preparing for DOL’s Changes to the FLSA Overtime Regulations

Human Resources Management Association of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

February 17, 2016

The New DOL Wage & Hour Regulations: Challenges and Opportunities

St. Louis Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis, MO

October 1, 2015
Defending the Discriminator – Ethical and Other Issues Associated With Joint Representation

June 2, 2015

Avoiding the Biggest Pitfalls of HR Investigations

Human Resources Management Association of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

February 18, 2015

What Every HR Professional Needs to Know About the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act

Human Resources Management Association of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

March 20, 2014

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 1999

Bar Admission

Missouri
Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois