Joshua C. Vaughn, a Pittsburgh employment defense attorney, represents employers in collective, class, and hybrid actions brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. He has defended employers in the health care, financial services, retail, and technology industries in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Josh has successfully defeated conditional certification in threatened nationwide collective actions, won summary judgment pre-certification, and has successfully resolved many other cases involving complicated legal and business issues that arise in wage and hour litigation. Josh has significant experience defending against claims for overtime (exemption misclassification, off-the-clock, overtime rate calculation), misclassification of independent contractors, minimum wage, meal and rest breaks, “suitable seats,” reporting time and split shifts, expense reimbursements and waiting-time penalties.
In addition to his substantial practice defending and advising employers with respect to complex wage and hour litigation, Josh has helped employers enforce non-compete agreements, and has defended employers against a variety of single plaintiff claims, including claims involving race, age, gender, disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, wrongful termination, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and unjust enrichment.
Josh regularly partners with clients to conduct wage and hour and employment practices audits, provide guidance regarding hiring and terminations, conduct supervisor and management training related to wage-and-hour compliance, and provide advice regarding complex litigation strategy.
In addition to his legal practice, Josh regularly writes and speaks at seminars on employment topics facing employers. In the fall 2018, Josh served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he taught a course on Technology and Employment law.