Jeffrey I. Pasek

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2072

(215) 701-2072

New York

(212) 453-3835

Jeffrey is a past chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Department. He maintains a national practice of representing employers in all facets of labor and employment law, including the negotiating and drafting of employment agreements for C-suite executives. Jeff has handled collective bargaining negotiations and grievance arbitrations in a variety of industries, including apparel, construction, education, entertainment, food, health care, retail, and transportation. A former management trustee of a nationwide retirement plan, Jeff also has extensive experience in handling withdrawal liability claims involving multi-employer pension plans and litigating fiduciary liability claims under ERISA. 

An active litigator, Jeff has tried cases and argued appeals in the federal courts throughout the United States, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Among the types of claims he has successfully tried to verdict are cases alleging:

  • Race discrimination   • Disability discrimination      • Retaliation

  • Age discrimination     • FMLA discrimination           • National Origin

  • Sex discrimination     • Religious discrimination     • Whistleblower

Jeff advises management of compliance with a variety of workplace laws ranging from occupational safety and health, wage and hour, and affirmative action compliance.

Jeff's experience includes litigation of numerous class action cases involving allegations of race, sex, age, and national origin discrimination. He has successfully resolved nationwide pattern and practice injunction proceedings with the EEOC and class-wide investigations with the Office of Federal Compliance Programs. Jeff has also handled class claims under federal and state overtime laws, employment benefits and fiduciary liability claims under ERISA, and suits involving public accommodations and the Fair Housing Act.

In addition to labor and employment law, Jeff has an extensive background in legal issues relating to the role of religion in public life. He has authored and contributed to dozens of amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal Courts of Appeals dealing with the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment and rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Called upon regularly as a course planner and speaker in continuing legal education programs, Jeff has served as a speaker on labor and employment law and on legal ethics for such groups as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the American Arbitration Association, the University of Pennsylvania Law School Center of Professionalism, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Meat Institute, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the and the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section and the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits. On behalf of the ABA Labor and Employment Section Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Jeff served as regional liaison and helped train lawyers and investigators from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jeff has written on a variety of legal topics and his articles have been published in French, Spanish, German, and Chinese legal publications. Since 2009, he has been the editor of the Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual, published by American Chamber of Commerce Resources, LLC in conjunction with Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, and for 10 years served as the editor of the New York Human Resources Manual, published in conjunction with the Business Council of New York State. He is also a long-time contributor to the Employment Discrimination Law textbook, the Developing Labor Law textbook, and their annual supplements published by Bloomberg Law in conjunction with the American Bar Association

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973 and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1976.

Jeff is active in the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, where he has served as a member of the executive committee of the board of directors, the Nominating Committee, and the Policy Committee, and the board of the Chamber PAC. He also served as chairman of the Industrial Relations, Education, Amicus Briefing, and  Government Affairs Committees, and chaired the Chamber's Task Force on Antitrust policy.

Experience

News

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

47 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 28, 2021

Super Lawyers has selected 47 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Jeffrey Pasek Reelected to Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry Board

December 10, 2020

Jeffrey Pasek was reelected to a three-year term on the board of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Nine Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2021 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

August 20, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that nine of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-Eight Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 05, 2020

Super Lawyers has selected 58 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

64 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 21, 2019

Super Lawyers has selected 64 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Jeff Pasek Reelected to Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

December 11, 2018

At its board meeting in Pittsburgh last week, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry recognized Jeff Pasek, past chair of Cozen O'Connor’s Labor & Employment department, for 30 years of service as a member of the board.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

5 Employee Handbook Issues to Watch in 2018

January 02, 2018

Jeff Pasek, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in SHRM regarding handbook issues to watch in the new year.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers By Law & Politics

May 29, 2008

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that 42 attorneys from the firm’s Philadelphia and West Conshohocken offices have been named 2008 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics, and will appear in the June 2008 issues of Philadelphia magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Cozen O’Connor Names Its 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll

April 08, 2008

Cozen O’Connor has announced that 61 attorneys and 8 paralegals have been named to the firm’s 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll.

Publications

An Election Agenda for Management if Biden Becomes President [Alert]

November 02, 2020

Jeff Pasek, Diane Thompson, Michael Corgan, and Anne Greene discuss the significant changes affecting a host of executive employment issues that could be implemented by a Biden administration.

Exec Employment Considerations Under A Biden White House [Law360]

October 30, 2020

Jeff Pasek, Diane Thompson, Anne Green, and Michael Corgan wrote an article about what a Joe Biden administration would look like for companies.

When is Obesity a Disability under the ADA? [Alert]

June 26, 2019

Jeff Pasek discusses the Seventh Circuit's decision in Richardson v. Chicago Transit Authority and what employers need to know when making decisions related to employee disability claims.

Third Circuit Rules Employer Cannot be Forced to Arbitrate Retiree Health Care Claims [Labor & Employment Alert]

September 04, 2018

Jeff Pasek discusses the Third Circuit's decision in Cup v. Ampco that states, notwithstanding an agreement letter between the parties referencing such benefits, companies are not required to arbitrate the union’s claim for retiree health care benefits.

Sexual Harassment Update: New Requirements for New York Employers [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 29, 2018

Jeffrey I. Pasek discusses New York City and state's higher requirements on employers than those required by federal law.

A New Roadmap to Avoid Hefty OSHA Fines for Repeat Violations [OSHA Chronicle Blog]

August 28, 2018

The Angelica Textile case had been kicking around OSHA for almost ten years before it was decided by the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission on June 24th by a 2-1 vote with Commissioner James Sullivan,[1] the newest member of the Commission, casting the deciding vote.  The case provides...

A New Roadmap to Avoid Hefty OSHA Fines for Repeat Violations [Labor & Employment Alert]

August 28, 2018

Jeff Pasek and John Ho discuss how the decision in Angelica Textile may impact manufacturers, particularly those businesses with multiple locations.

Pennsylvania Proposes Significant Changes to Its Minimum Wage And Overtime Rules [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 29, 2018

George Voegele discusses Pennsylvania Governor Wolf’s Executive Order that raises the minimum wage for employees of the Commonwealth and its agencies, as well as for employees of certain government contractors and lessors of Commonwealth property.

Pennsylvania Overtime Rules Will Be in Flux [Labor & Employment Alert]

January 18, 2018

Kate Ericsson, Jeff Pasek, and Jim Davis discuss the Wolf administration's proposal to raise the salary for exempt status from the federal minimum for salaried employees to nearly double that amount in incremental shifts over the next three years.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

ERISA Basics National Institute

June 05, 2019 - Washington, D.C.

2018 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

24th Annual Employment Law Institute

April 27, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1976
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1973

Awards & Honors

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Selected to Chambers & Partners USA 2008-2021. This award is conferred by Chambers & Partners. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2004-2021. This award is conferred by Super Lawyers. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • New York Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Vermont
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry - Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs - Board of Directors and past Vice-Chair
  • American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education - Elected Public Member (2016-2022)
  • The Marc Sanders Foundation - Lifetime Trustee (2016 - Present)
  • JEVS Human Services - Past Board Chair
  • Children First PA (formerly known as Public Citizens for Children and Youth)