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.


Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


Pennsylvania Bar Association


Labor and Employment Law Section

Allegheny County Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors

Dollar Energy Fund

Member, Board of Governors

Allegheny HYP Club

News, Analysis & Press

Pregnancy, Parenting, and Careers – Leave, Pay and Promotion Bias

ABA National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity Law

April 2013

Oral Complaints May Be Considered Protected Activity Under FLSA Anti-retaliation Provision

California Labor and Employment Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 5

May 2011

Ethical Issues in Class Action Litigation

Practicing Law Institute’s California Employment Law Update


Books & Book Chapters

  • Managing Executive Compensation and ‘Clawbacks', The Regulation of Compensation: Proceedings of the New York University 66th Annual Conference on Labor, NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, coauthor, chapter 9
  • Employment Law Yearbook 2008 – 2012, Practicing Law Institute, co-editor, 2014
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, 2009 Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, contributing editor

Speaking Engagements

Pennsylvania Act 24 of 2020 - Funds for Necessary COVID-19 Related Expenses

Client Presentation

July 31, 2020

Reopening the Workplace: Addressing the Challenges Employers Will Face When Operations Resume

Client Presentation

May 22, 2020

Wage & Hour Law Update, Course Planner and Speaker

Pennsylvania Bar Institute

June 25, 2019

Traps for the Unwary Under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act

Pennsylvania Bar Institute Employment Law West, Pittsburgh, PA

November 13-14, 2018

Pennsylvania's Proposed Changes to Overtime Exemption Eligibility Regulations

August 8, 2018

How PA’s Proposed Overtime Rule Could Affect Your Company

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

July 19, 2018

Wage and Hour Essentials - Federal, State and Local Issues

National Business Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

August 9, 2017

Employment Law 101: The ABCs of Employment Law and Human Resources

Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS)

February 2016; March 2016

A Legal Perspective on Making Accommodations Work for You and Your Workforce

Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association’s 2015 Professional Development Institute

April 2015


  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 2006
  • B.S., Grove City College, 2003

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio