Richard L. Hackman, Esq.
Richard L. Hackman, Esq., Chair of the Labor and Employment Group, has dedicated 20 years of his practice to representing employers and management in all aspects of employment law. Rick’s experience includes representation of clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, similar state and local agencies, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor and numerous federal and state courts throughout the country. He frequently litigates claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Rick routinely defends employers in class and collective action lawsuits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Pennsylvania Law. He also regularly represents corporate clients who seek to enforce the trade secret and non-competition obligations of former employees. Rick represents entities of all size and type, including healthcare organizations, manufacturers, retailers and service industry businesses.
As an employment counselor, Rick advises clients with respect to compliance with federal, state and local employment laws, including the FMLA, OSHA and the FLSA and provides training to employers on all issues related to employment law compliance. Rick also counsels employers on minimizing risk during both the discipline and termination process, with a focus on being proactive versus reactive. Further, a substantial portion of his practice is dedicated to the review and revision of various employment documents and policies, including employment agreements, handbooks and non-competition agreements.
A frequent lecturer, Rick presents to human resource groups and management on workplace investigations, terminations and layoffs, union matters, social media, as well as other employment law related issues.
Rick is a member of many professional associations, including the Pennsylvania, Maryland State, York County and Lancaster Bar Associations. He is active in the community, serving as a Board Member for Family First Health and a HR Committee member for TrueNorth Wellness. In 2016, Rick was recognized as a Select Lawyer in the area of Employment Discrimination Law.
Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, Rick was a Partner at Barley Snyder and served as Vice-Chair of the firm’s Employment Law group.
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
University of Dallas, B.A., cum laude, 1992
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Lancaster Bar Association
York County Bar Association
Family First Health, Board Member
TrueNorth Wellness, HR Committee
Select Lawyer – 2016
Central PA HFMA Meeting, Harassment in the Workplace and Conducting an Internal Investigation, January 23, 2020
Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), PA Construction Law Update, January 2019
ABC Keystone, Navigating the Top Legal Issues Facing HR Professionals, December 2018
Twenty years’ experience counseling employers regarding labor and employment matters including harassment, discrimination, leaves of absence, and terminations
Litigated in excess of 80 employment litigation matters nationwide
Defended large restaurant franchise group in a wage and hour collective action matter brought by approximately 2,000 servers alleging violations of the FLSA and Pennsylvania state law
Defended restaurant franchise group in a wage and hour collective action matter brought by approximately 300 servers alleging violations of the FLSA and Pennsylvania state law
Defended quick lube franchise group in a wage and hour collective action matter brought by approximately 50 technicians alleging violations of the FLSA, Maryland, and Pennsylvania state law
Defended turkey farm in a wage and hour collective action matter brought by laborers for unpaid wages pursuant to the FLSA and Pennsylvania law
Defended employers and benefits plans in ERISA actions brought by plan participants in both Maryland and Pennsylvania Federal courts
Defended numerous employers in multi-plaintiff sexual harassment matters
Represented the benefits plan of a multi-national telecom company to seek repayment of overpaid benefits
Represented large national corporation in seeking to enforce non-competition agreements against multiple former employees
Defended numerous large and small employers in age, sex, religion, and disability discrimination matters in Federal and State courts in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, and New Jersey
Defended large employers in complaints brought employees alleging FMLA violations
Defended numerous employers in matters brought by employees alleging breach of contract
Handled EEOC, NLRB, DOL, and OSHA administrative charges for employers in approximately 25 different states
Represented private employers and municipalities during arbitration proceedings
Defended numerous healthcare organizations and medical practices with respect to harassment and wage and hour issues
Frequently provides training to medical practices with respect to employee relations and minimizing harassment in the workplace
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