Julie A. Uebler

Partner

Employment Law

Civil Rights Litigation

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Julie A. Uebler is a partner in the Firm’s Employment Law Practice. Ms. Uebler’s practice is focused on all aspects of protecting and enforcing the legal rights of individuals in the workplace. As a litigator, Ms. Uebler holds employers accountable for violating the rights of individual employees, and maximizes their legal remedies, by pursuing claims based on:

  • Discrimination (age, sex/gender, pregnancy, gender identity, familial status, marital status, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status);
  • Harassment, including sexual harassment;
  • Retaliation, including whistleblower claims;
  • Wrongful termination;
  • Employee benefits, including ERISA,
  • Equity and/or executive compensation;
  • Breach of contract and other employment-related claims, such as violations of the wage and hour laws, and protections for family and medical or military leaves of absence.

Often, employment disputes can be resolved without litigation. Ms. Uebler regularly advises individual employees, professionals, and executives who are facing workplace disputes with a focus on protecting legal rights, maximizing opportunities, and minimizing disruption to career goals. As a powerful advocate, and a practical and thoughtful advisor, Ms. Uebler’s legal support can level the playing field when an individual is at odds with an employer, for example:

  • Assisting clients to proactively address and resolve employment problems, such as harassment on the job;
  • Working with clients to evaluate and request leaves of absence or accommodations for a disability;
  • Constructively addressing pay disparities, disparate treatment, or other discriminatory practices.

Ms. Uebler also advises and negotiates on behalf of executives and professionals who are facing employment transitions, including leveraging the best employment terms at the start of an employment relationship, and protecting rights and entitlements when employment ends.

Ms. Uebler brings significant depth and breadth of experience to her representation of each client. For her first ten years of practice, Ms. Uebler worked as defense counsel for employers and then as in-house employment and benefits counsel for a pharmaceutical company. Ms. Uebler has served as a neutral independent investigator of workplace issues, and is also a trained mediator.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Ms. Uebler regularly handles matters in the federal courts in the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania, as well as the state courts in Philadelphia, and the surrounding five county area.

Ms. Uebler, has earned a preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer for Labor Law” by Main Line Today. She received her undergraduate and law (cum laude) degrees from Georgetown University. In addition, she is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia (Core Class 2014), and lives in Berwyn, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.

Honors

Honors:

  • AV (Preeminent) peer review rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell
  • Main Line Today Top Lawyer for Labor Law (2016, 2012)
  • 2012 “Clients Choice” designation by attorney rating service AVVO
Professional Activities

Professional Activities:

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Professional Memberships & Leadership Positions

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers AssociationSociety of Human Resources Professionals
  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
  • Women’s Way, Board of Directors (2011-2015)
Presentations

Presentations:

Recent Speaking Engagements

      • Upcoming Speaker, PBI, Employment Law Institute: “What Every Employment Lawyer Needs To Know About Labor Trafficking” (April 2017).
      • Speaker, PBI, Employment Law Institute: “The Art of the Deal – Negotiating the Executive Employment Agreement” (April 2015).
      • Speaker, PBI, Employment Law Institute: “What are you Leaving on the Table? Maximizing Mediation and Negotiation Outcomes” and “Anatomy of a Termination: Legal and Practical Tips for Employers and Employees” (April 2014).
      • Speaker, New Leaf Club: “Employment Law 101” (February 2014).
      • Speaker, PBI, Employment Law Institute: “Getting the Most Out of Employment Mediation – Simple Tools to Become a More Effective Mediation Advocate” (April 2013).
      • Speaker, Women’s Way Women & Influence Conference: “Employment Rights 101: What Every Employee Needs to Know” (November 2011).
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Representative Matters

Representative Matters:

Cases

      • Settlement of race harassment and constructive discharge claim for retail manager who resigned after employer failed to respond to his internal complaints.
      • Settlement of wrongful termination claims under Surface Transportation Assistance Act and Pennsylvania common law for transportation manager terminated after calling corporate hotline to complain about employer’s failure to comply with driver drug testing laws.
      • Settlement of claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy on behalf of day care center manager terminated for refusing to falsify employee records at the direction of her supervisor.
      • Settlement of family status discrimination claim for marketing manager terminated after she announced intent to become single parent.
      • Settlement of Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law claim for unpaid severance where employer of non-profit executive claimed termination was for cause.
      • Recovery for former sales representative in lawsuit to recover unpaid commissions, and to challenge termination as motivated by age and gender discrimination.
      • Recovery for internal sales employee in a lawsuit alleging her termination was due to age discrimination and retaliation.
      • Settlement on morning of trial in lawsuit for violations of Family Medical and Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act following bank executive’s leave of absence for knee replacement surgery.
      • Settlement of gender/age discrimination and retaliation claim on behalf of in-house attorney.
      • Settlement of gender discrimination and retaliation claim for pharmaceutical sales representative following her constructive discharge after her complaints about supervisor resulted in his termination of employment.

Advice and Negotiation

      • Represented Chief Executive Officer of private international company in negotiating renewal of his employment agreement and executive compensation arrangements.
      • Negotiated resolution of bank manager’s claim for breach of contract relating to underpayment of long-term incentive plan.
      • Negotiated separation arrangement for university faculty member following internal whistleblower complaint.
      • Negotiated promotion, raise, elimination of negative performance review, and payment for emotional distress for middle manager following internal and EEOC complaints of race discrimination and retaliation.
      • Negotiated renewal of surgeon’s employment agreement with medical center.
      • Negotiated severance arrangement for attorney terminated from law firm based on sexual orientation.
      • Provided advice to sales professional subjected to quid pro quo sexual harassment by immediate supervisor which resulted in termination of the harasser and client’s continued employment on desired career path.
      • Negotiated resolution of unpaid annual bonus claim pursuant to the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law without the need to file suit.
      • Advice to bank executive during internal investigation of allegations of harassment and discrimination against her.
      • Advice and counseling relating to rights pursuant to Americans with Disabilities Act to a manager experiencing deteriorating vision.