Wanda L. Ellert is a senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department. She has practiced labor and employment law for over 20 years.
Wanda has represented management in all facets of labor and equal employment opportunity law. She has litigated employment lawsuits in state and federal courts based on race, sex, age, national origin, disability and religious discrimination; sexual, national origin and age harassment; whistle-blower retaliation; family and medical leave laws; employment contracts; wrongful discharge; wage and hour laws; plant closing laws; covenants not to compete; benefit contributions; privacy claims; drug-testing; union duty of fair representation and contract violations; and enforcement and vacation of arbitration awards. Her experience includes class actions, as well as individual claims, and she also has handled federal and state hearings and investigations of complaints concerning employment discrimination, workers’ compensation discrimination, child labor laws, wage and hour laws, and family and medical leave laws.
Wanda has represented employers in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board on such matters as unfair labor practice charges, representation petitions, unit clarification and secondary boycotts. She also has handled arbitrations with respect to discharges and other disciplinary grievances, failure to promote, and contract interpretation.
In addition, Wanda counsels employers with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including discharge, discipline and other personnel problems; sexual harassment investigations; family and medical leave issues; employment agreements; separation agreements; reductions-in-force; contract administration; plant relocations or closings; wage-hour audits, labor issues in acquisitions; independent contractor status; drug-testing; alternative dispute resolution programs; and protective review and revision of handbooks, leave policies, harassment policies, employment applications, and other personnel materials.
A frequent speaker and lecturer, Wanda has conducted seminars for professional groups on such topics as state and federal equal employment opportunity law; sexual harassment; disability accommodation; preparing a case under investigation by a discrimination agency; comparable worth; pandemic flu planning; managing problem employees; and employee protections under the National Labor Relations Act. She has co-authored articles on such subjects as investigating sexual harassment complaints; compelling arbitration of discrimination claims; the requirements for a valid release of employment claims; pandemic flu planning; discrimination against minority or women-owned businesses; and labor law developments in the health care field. She also wrote the New Jersey section of a treatise on independent contractor law.