Cozen O’Connor: Goltz, Jenny R.

Jenny R. Goltz

Member

Chicago

(312) 474-7884

(312) 878-2001

Jenny represents management’s labor and employment interests for a diverse client base of employers in the finance, higher education, health care, and manufacturing industries, among others.

Jenny defends employers in a wide variety of employment litigation, including discrimination matters, wage and hour class action litigation, restrictive covenant disputes, and wrongful termination actions in both state and federal court. She also regularly handles charges and lawsuits before administrative agencies. She also has experience defending employers in labor arbitrations. In addition to her litigation practice, Jenny regularly counsels employers regarding compliance matters arising under state and federal laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the WARN Act, state wage and hour laws, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and various federal and state civil rights laws. Jenny also handles traditional labor matters for employers, including labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges. She regularly tries cases in arbitration, administrative hearings, and in court.

Jenny is on the firm’s Technology Committee and one of the chairs of the Labor & Employment Department’s Innovation Committee. She is chair of the planning committee for the American Bar Association Annual Symposium on Technology in the Workplace.

Jenny earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Experience

News

McBride: Investigate harassment accusations against Stuart Grant

April 09, 2018

Jenny Goltz, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in Delaware Online discussing sexual harassment claims in the workplace.

Fingerprint, Retinal Scan Privacy Claim Hits Hospital

March 28, 2018

Jenny Goltz, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing a massive litigation wave in Illinois that has ensnared at least three Chicago area health care industry employers.

About faces: Facial geometry, voiceprints and retinal scans - how much biometric data can an employer legally keep?

February 07, 2018

Jenny Goltz, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in Chicago Lawyer about biometric privacy.

Biometric Workplace Privacy Suits Erupt in Illinois State Court

October 30, 2017

Jenny Goltz, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, was quoted in Bloomberg Law about the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Publications

Employers Buckle Up: Six Flags Ruling Bound to Launch Rollercoaster Litigation in Illinois [Alert]

January 29, 2019

Jenny Goltz explains why employers should ensure BIPA compliance to ward off liability following this decision by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Contractors Should Note: Seventh Circuit Sets Up Sexual Orientation Split for SCOTUS [The OFCCP Digest]

May 19, 2017

Brian Bulger and Jenny Goltz, both members of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discuss this issue in The OFCCP Digest.

Seventh Circuit Sets Up Sexual Orientation Split for SCOTUS [ABA]

April 26, 2017

Jenny Goltz, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, discusses this topic in the ABA Labor and Employment Law Flash.

Trump Transition Brings Good News for “Gig Economy” Employers, But Dramatic Change May Be Unlikely [Labor & Employment Observer]

December 23, 2016

Jenny R. Goltz discusses obstacles facing the gig economy under a Trump administration.

Department of Labor’s New Persuader Rule Permanently Enjoined by Federal Court [Labor & Employment Alert]

November 23, 2016

Jeremy J. Glenn and Jenny R. Goltz discuss a November 16 decision from a federal judge in Texas that granted a motion for summary judgment filed by a group of business associations and law firms against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new interpretation of the so-called “persuader rule,” and entered a nationwide permanent injunction barring the rule’s application.

What the Union Persuader Rule’s “Indirect Persuasion” Focus Means for Employers

March 25, 2016

Jeremy J. Glenn and Jenny R. Goltz discuss the DOL's final “union persuader” rule which would expand the reporting requirements under Section 203(b) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act to include employers and the labor relations consultants, including lawyers, with whom they work to counter unionization efforts.

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2003

Awards & Honors

2007 CVLS Distinguished Service Award

Recipient of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 2010 Young Lawyer of the Year Award

  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Associate Delegate to the Coallition for Women's Initiatives in Law Firms