Jennifer S. Harpole represents and advises employers on a wide variety of employment matters, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour issues. She has extensive litigation experience relating to state and federal wage and hour laws, including claims that have involved attempts by plaintiffs to obtain class or collective action treatment. Jennifer also advises clients on all aspects of current wage and hour law and works closely with clients to revise and implement policies, review position classifications, and coordinate messaging and training to communicate changes to the workforce. She frequently defends employers in independent contractor misclassification claims in litigation and the administrative process.
Jennifer also regularly defends companies against the full spectrum of discrimination claims, including those based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, and sexual orientation, as well as harassment and retaliation claims. She represents employers in federal and state courts, private arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Her experience includes every phase of litigation, from initial case assessment to depositions and discovery, briefing to hearing or trial, and the appeals process. She also regularly obtains favorable settlements for clients through negotiations and mediation. Jennifer additionally advises clients on all aspects of day-to-day personnel matters, including leave and disability issues, employee discipline, and termination.
In law school, Jennifer was lead articles editor for Law and Contemporary Problems.