Jennifer Harper utilizes her experience as in-house counsel and as a public policy professional to represent a wide range of companies on the full range of labor and employment matters, including workplace litigation, legislation and regulations. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, mid-size businesses, and smaller and start-up enterprises in industries including technology, finance, sports, media and entertainment, utilities, government contractors, healthcare, hospitality, education and retail.
She advises business executives and HR professionals on all matters affecting employees and contractors in the workplace, including Title VII/anti-discrimination laws, FLSA, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, OSHA, WARN, ERISA, SCA, DBA, OFCCP, USERRA, VEVVRA, immigration, employment classification, job performance, reorganizations, terminations, RIFs, non-competes, and post-employment obligations. Jennifer reviews and drafts employment agreements, separations, consulting contracts, NDAs, restrictive covenants and related agreements. Her experience also extends to advising and assisting with retirement plans, healthcare plans, wellness programs and fringe benefits, as well as developing and conducting employee training on relevant workplace issues. Jennifer has also served as legal counsel to a labor relations team interfacing with five unions.
Her employment litigation experience includes defending and/or managing the defense of all employment-related litigation (single plaintiff and class actions) from inception through appeal, including lawsuits in federal and state courts, arbitrations, administrative hearings, government enforcement actions, mediations, conciliations and other forms of dispute resolution. Jennifer responds to EEOC charges and complaints filed with regulatory agencies, and represents clients in agency in government investigations and audits. She has managed insurance-covered claims and lawsuits, including EPLI, D&O, and General Liability claims. Her efforts to develop and implement risk reduction strategies for a Washington DC government agency led to a 20% reduction in employment lawsuits.
Jennifer has handled more than 100 administrative charges brought before the EEOC and state human rights agencies, with a nearly 100% dismissal rate. She led a US$2 billion agency’s global compliance program with full responsibility for EEO compliance, ethics, corporate governance and internal investigations. Her experience in this regard includes conducting or supervising investigations into workplace complaints, training, advising and leading cross-departmental teams of compliance officers and EEO investigators, and working closely with internal auditors and business units on identifying and mitigating risk. Her responsibilities included ensuring employee compliance with ethics rules and codes of conduct, managing a corporate hotline, whistleblower complaints, and the agency’s fraud, waste and abuse program.
Jennifer has deep experience in Title IV, Title IX and higher education law, having worked with universities, professional sports leagues and individual athletes on matters ranging from sports agent compliance rules to defending athletes before the NCAA.
In addition to her domestic experience, Jennifer has advised companies on cross-border employment issues. She was a founder of the International Institute for Regional Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating jobs through public-private partnerships in Europe and the US.
Jennifer has more than a decade of experience managing legislative and government affairs, including advising clients on public policy strategies. She served as Associate Director and lobbyist for the County Executives of America (CEA) representing more than 700 local governments before Congress and the White House. She also was the Director of Government Relations for the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and served in government affairs for National Industries for the Blind. She also served as a legal fellow for then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Her pro bono activities include serving as Associate General Counsel and a three-term member of the Steering Committee for Virginia’s Promote the Vote campaign.
She is a contributing member of the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC), where she serves and the Communications Co-Chair for the Employment and Labor Law Committee. She also serves as an ACC advisory board member on employment law. In addition, Jennifer is an active member of the DC Bar, where she previously served as Chair of the Sports Law Subcommittee. She participates in the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, VA State Bar's Labor & Employment Section, Fairfax Bar Association, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Association of Women Investigators.