Overview

Martha Keon counsels employers of all sizes regarding compliance with the many local, state and federal laws and regulations that govern the workplace. Her advice practice is informed by her many years of experience defending employers in wage and hour investigations, lawsuits and class and collective actions and discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges, arbitrations and lawsuits. She effectively leverages Littler’s nationwide practice based on relationships she has developed in her over 20 years working in three different Littler offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

Martha has a broad legal background, ranging from wage and hour, ADA accommodations, performance management, and workplace investigations to the nuts and bolts of responding to garnishments and subpoenas. She is nationally recognized for her knowledge of English-only and English proficiency rules, salary history bans and predictive scheduling obligations. Martha tracks new Philadelphia Ordinances such as those imposing rights of recall and COVID-19 health and safety obligations. She is continually developing new areas of understanding, as the laws governing employers develop and change, and writes and speaks on these issues.

Martha is an active member of Littler’s Retail Industry Practice Group, EEO Practice Group and Wage and Hour Practice Group, and serves as one of the firm’s Associate General Counsel.

In law school, Martha was an associate editor of the Law Review. As an undergraduate, she played on the women’s varsity softball team.

News, Analysis & Press

Books & Book Chapters

  • Retaliation and Whistleblowing: A Guide for Human Resources Professionals & Counsel, Contributor, LexisNexis, 2010

Speaking Engagements

2019 Philadelphia Regional Employer Conference

Philadelphia, PA

April 2, 2019

Local Law Headaches: Philadelphia and Beyond

Philadelphia, PA

March 14, 2019

Retail Industry Roundtable

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 12, 2017

A Top 10 Update on National Origin Discrimination

23rd Annual Employment Law Institute – Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

April 28, 2017

Presenter, Litigating the Employment Discrimination Case

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Feb. 1, 2017

Presenter, Avoiding Employment Litigation Landmines

Bryn Mawr Trust Breakfast Seminar, Haverford, PA

Oct. 5, 2016

Preventing Discrimination Claims: Who is Protected and How to Maintain Compliance

August 31, 2016

Retail Industry Roundtable

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 6, 2016

The Joint Employer Standard: New Tests, New Challenges

22nd Annual Employment Law Institute – Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

April 28, 2016

Panelist, Penn Law Women’s Summit

University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA

March 21, 2016

DOL's Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now?

Philadelphia, PA

July 14, 2015

The Immigrant Workforce: What Every Employment Lawyer Must Know

21st Annual Employment Law Institute - Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

April 28, 2015

English Only and English Proficiency: Some Rules of the Road for Employers

April 1, 2014

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1993
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1985

Bar Admission

Pennsylvania
California
Minnesota
New York

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • California Supreme Court
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • New York Supreme Court