Bethany C. Salvatore



(412) 620-6516

(412) 275-2369

Bethany focuses her practice on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including agency investigations, state and federal single-plaintiff actions, class and collective actions, and arbitrations covering harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, constructive discharge, breach of fiduciary duty, restrictive covenants, and breach of contract actions.

In addition to representing clients in employment litigation matters, Bethany helps clients avoid the courthouse steps by developing preventative strategies to keep employers compliant with labor, employment, and wage and hour laws. Bethany counsels employers and provides on-site management and employee training on a variety of personnel issues, including but not limited to compliance with discrimination laws, family and medical leave laws, and wage and hour laws.

Bethany also drafts executive agreements, restrictive covenant and confidentiality agreements, severance packages, and personnel policies and procedures for private and public companies.

Finally, Bethany conducts and advises employers on workplace investigations, including discrimination, harassment, and Title IX investigations.

Bethany serves as a chapter editor for two highly regarded employment treatises: BNA's Employment Discrimination Law treatise and The Fair Labor Standards Act treatise. She regularly contributes to other employment law publications and presents at organizations such as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Pittsburgh Human Resources Association on various employment topics.

Bethany is proud to serve as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity mentor. She has been featured in The Best Lawyers in America for Employment Law for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Bethany earned her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College. She earned her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During law school, Bethany served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Arthur J. Schwab, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. 



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).

Vermont gov. orders in-state employees to take health, safety training ahead of reopening

May 12, 2020

Cozen O'Connor Labor & Employment attorneys were mentioned in HR Dive discussing re-opening guidelines from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor & Employment Law Update: 2019 in Review and a Look Ahead to 2020

December 05, 2019

Jake Rubinstein, Bethany Salvatore, and Walter Stella presented a webinar about the substantial changes in labor and employment law at the federal, state, and even local levels for 2019.

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.

Internships Unpaid vs Paid

April 24, 2019

Bethany Salvatore joined ABC News to discuss what can happen to employers who are not upfront about unpaid internships.

Cozen O'Connor Continues Rapid Growth in its National Labor & Employment Department and Pittsburgh Office with Four Additional Attorneys from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

August 20, 2018

Four additional attorneys from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Mariah L. Passarelli, Bethany C. Salvatore, Abigail M. Green and Tiffany A. Jenca have joined the firm's highly regarded Labor & Employment Department and will focus on legal issues ranging from employment contracts to agency investigations.


Pennsylvania Department of Health Issues Revised Employer COVID-19 FAQs [Alert]

May 06, 2020

Bryant Andrews and Bethany Salvatore discuss the Pennsylvania Department of Health's guidance for the businesses permitted to maintain in-person operations.

Return to Work Post-Coronavirus Checklist

April 24, 2020

Cozen O'Connor Labor and Employment attorneys addressed how employers should plan returning to work post-coronavirus.

The Do's and Don'ts of Interviewing Applicants [HR Headaches Blog]

June 05, 2019

What questions are considered illegal to ask during the interview process? Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews discuss interview do's and don'ts as well as best practices....

Navigating Background Checks in the Hiring Process [The National Law Journal]

June 01, 2019

Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews wrote about conducting criminal background checks during the hiring process.

4 Steps Employers Must Take to Ensure FCRA Compliance [HR Headaches Blog]

April 03, 2019

What are the four primary steps that employers must take in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) process for onboarding an applicant? Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews discuss FCRA requirements and how employers can protect themselves from liability....

How to Conduct Criminal Background Checks the Right Way [HR Headaches Blog]

February 08, 2019

Criminal background checks are helpful in not only identifying applicants who might not be suitable for a job, but in limiting the potential liability associated with negligent hiring claims. Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews answer your questions about when to conduct criminal background checks,...

Job Description Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make [HR Headaches Blog]

January 10, 2019

A good job description can equip an employer with the best possible workforce available. Inaccuracies and oversights, however, can entangle your company in litigation for years. Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews talk us through the importance of job descriptions here....


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • Allegheny College, B.A., 2004

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2019-2021

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

American Bar Association L&E Section

American Bar Association Fair Labor Standards Committee

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Allegheny County Bar Association 

DePaul School for Hearing and Speech Young Executive Committee

Alexis Joy D’Achille Foundation for Postpartum Depression Advocate

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentor