William J. Leahy provides assistance with all issues that arise out of the employer-employee relationship, including those involving discrimination and harassment. He has successfully handled employment-related disputes through trial and appeal, including extensive litigation in federal and state courts with claims arising under:
- Title VII
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The Uniform Trade Secrets Act
- The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Will’s trial practice has included defense verdicts in jury trials involving:
- Claims for retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act and Pennsylvania common law
- A claim for discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- A retaliation claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Will also has represented companies, often in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and hospitality industries, in matters relating to the protection of trade secrets and confidential information and the enforcement of covenants not to compete.
In addition to litigation, Will devotes a substantial portion of his practice to advising employers on day-to-day compliance with federal, state and local laws, as well as protection of confidential information. This includes:
- Drafting and reviewing policies
- Preparing employment and severance agreements
- Providing advice on harassment and employee leave issues
He frequently presents seminars on these and other topics.
Office managing shareholder of Littler's Philadelphia office, Will previously served on the firm's Associates Committee and is a member of the firm's Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group.
Will began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert F. Kelly of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.