Jennifer S. Harpole represents and advises employers on a wide variety of employment matters, with a particular emphasis on class, collective, and multiplaintiff actions. She has substantial litigation experience relating to state and federal wage and hour laws, including claims regarding:
- “Off-the-clock” work
- Commission and bonus plans
- Joint employment with respect to wage and hour issues
- Enforceability of arbitration agreements
Jennifer also advises clients on all aspects of human resources and wage and hour law and works closely with clients to implement policies, prepare and revise incentive compensation plans, review position classifications, and advise on day-to-day personnel matters from leaves of absence to employee discipline. She defends employers in independent contractor misclassification claims in litigation and the administrative process, including unemployment and workers’ compensation cases.
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. These include multiplaintiff and statistics-based adverse impact cases. 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 also serves as a liaison for Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI). She focuses on Colorado state legislative and regulatory developments in employment and labor law, as well as municipal ordinances and regulation of the workplace. Jennifer assists the employer community in understanding and impacting Colorado legislation before it becomes law.
In law school, Jennifer was lead articles editor for Law and Contemporary Problems.