Overview

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:

  • Misclassification
  • “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.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Colorado Bar Association

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Super Lawyers

2012-2019

Books & Book Chapters

  • A Guide for Colorado Nonprofit Organizations, Colorado Bar Association, Employment Law, Co-Author: Charles Weese, 2009-present

Speaking Engagements

Federal Employment Law Update

2019 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

Colorado Employment Law Update

2019 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference, Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

The Pay Equity Wave Continues: What You Need to Know to Stay Afloat

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2018

Wage and Hour Class Action Avoidance: Lessons from Litigators

2017 Littler Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

October 3, 2017

Preparing for Change: Revisions to the FLSA Overtime Regulations

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2016

DOL Changes Force Increased Focus on Wage and Hour Compliance

2015 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference, Denver, CO

October 7, 2015

The 2014 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Denver, CO

October 30, 2014

Education

  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 2005With Honors
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2002With Honors

Bar Admission

Colorado
Virginia
District of Columbia

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado