Mr. Zaruta’s practice is focused on a variety of labor & employment matters, including litigation. He works with both private and public employers, counseling clients on compliance with workplace laws, hiring and firing issues, and collective bargaining. His practice also includes representing employers in defense of discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, unemployment compensation, and other employment-related claims. Mr. Zaruta offers sexual harassment training for employers, assists employers in handling sexual harassment complaints, and conducts internal investigations. He has represented employers in unfair labor practices actions, including appearances before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the National Labor Relations Board and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Successfully defended a school against an unfair labor practice charge before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania by securing a reversal of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board’s Final Order
  • Successfully argued on behalf of a county against a labor union’s appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. On appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed the underlying Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board’s Final Order which found that the County did not commit unfair labor practices. It has been estimated this result saved the County a minimum of $6 million
  • Successfully argued against the enforcement of a physician's non-compete agreement
  • Successfully resolved a client's unemployment compensation and workers' compensation tax audits
  • Involved in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts, as well as charges filed with the EEOC and PHRC, including claims for wrongful discharge and race, age, sex, religion and disability discrimination
  • Counseled employers on compliance with federal employment laws, such as FMLA (family medical leave), USERRA (military leave and reemployment) and ADA (disability)
  • Performed internal investigations for employers and provided counsel for dealing with problem employees

Speaking Engagements

  • Firm's Biennial Workplace Law Forum, November 2015 and 2017
  • Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association Region 8 Meeting, October 2017
  • Manufacturer & Business Association HR Conference, October 2017
  • NWIRC Manufacturers Growth Conference, Erie, May 2017
  • HVA Senior Living Alliance Long-Term Care Seminar, May 2017
  • Firm’s Annual Municipal Law Symposium, April 2017
  • HVA Senior Living Alliance Positive Workplace Seminar, October 2016
  • Human Resources Section of the PA/NJ Rural Electric Cooperative, September 2016
  • HVA Senior Living Alliance Long-Term Care Seminar, May 2016
  • Firm’s Annual Municipal Law Symposium, April 2016
  • HR & Employment Law Roundtable, Manufacturer & Business Association, January 2016
  • Firm's Next Generation Happy Hour, September 2015

Community & Professional Service

  • Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF), Board Member
  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Erie Ambassador
  • Junior Achievement, Board Member
  • Multicultural Community Resource Center, Board Member

Practice Area

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.; Dean’s List; Best Advocate Award – Trial Advocacy Class
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S.; cum laude; Dean’s List; Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honors Organization

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Leadership Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW) Junior Lawyer Network, Member

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