Benjamin L. Shechtman

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-2046

(215) 665-2013

Recent Publication:

Good-Faith Defense Affirmed as to Claims Against Unions Representing Pennsylvania Public Employees [Alert]

Michael Hanlon and Benjamin L. Shechtman discuss the Third Circuit's consolidated opinions in Diamond et al. v. PSEA et al. and Wenzig et al. v. SEIU Local 668 et al.

Ben focuses his practice on counseling and representing employers in claims brought under every major employment statute, including Title VII, the ADEA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, NLRA, and their state and local counterparts. He also counsels employers regarding compliance with these statutes and regulations, including but not limited to pre-litigation issues involving employee discipline, leaves of absence, and bonus payments. 

Ben’s experience includes litigation in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide. He also regularly guides employers through administrative charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agencies nationally, including fact-findings and drafting position statements in response to allegations of unlawful discrimination and retaliation. In addition, Ben has assisted in labor arbitration hearings and represented public utilities before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in consumer complaint cases.

Ben was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for Employment Litigation Defense in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Ben earned his undergraduate degree from Haverford College, and his law degree from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law where he was an associate editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, as well as a member of the Jessup Moot Court Honor Society, the Jewish Law Students Association, Brehon Society, and Prima Facie newspaper and was a class senator from 2010-2011. He also served as a judicial intern with the Honorable Berle M. Schiller (EDPA).

Experience

News

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).

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.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 20 to Membership

April 08, 2020

Cozen O'Connor is pleased to recognize 20 attorneys with the promotion to member.

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.

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.

Publications

Good-Faith Defense Affirmed as to Claims Against Unions Representing Pennsylvania Public Employees [Alert]

September 15, 2020

Michael Hanlon and Benjamin L. Shechtman discuss the Third Circuit's consolidated opinions in Diamond et al. v. PSEA et al. and Wenzig et al. v. SEIU Local 668 et al.

EEOC Issues Guidelines on COVID-19 Testing of Employees [Alert]

April 29, 2020

Benjamin L. Shechtman discusses the EEOC's recent guidance allowing ADA-covered employers to administer a COVID-19 test to an employee prior to permitting the employee to enter the workplace, without running afoul of EEO laws.

New Jersey Federal Court Finds That Employee Medical Marijuana Use Need Not Be Accommodated at Work

January 17, 2019

George Voegele and Ben Shechtman discuss a New Jersey court's dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, and retaliation and what this could mean for other states including Pennsylvania, Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Connecticut.

Third Circuit Reversal on Sexual Harassment Claim References Revelations of “Me-Too” Era [Labor & Employment Alert]

July 11, 2018

Joe Quinn and Ben Shechtman discuss the Third Circuit's ruling in Minarsky v. Susquehanna County et al., and how employers should respond with regular training related to their anti-harassment policies and specifically address the issues of non-retaliation and fear of coming forward.

Supreme Court Issues Janus Decision [Labor & Employment Alert]

June 27, 2018

Michael Hanlon, Lauren Fox, and Benjamin Shechtman discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule Abood; public employers with unionized workplaces may no longer deduct state-mandated agency or fair share fees from employees.

New Jersey Employment Law Updates: The Equal Pay Act and Paid Sick Leave Act [Labor & Employment Alert]

May 08, 2018

Ben Shechtman discusses two important pieces of legislation recently enacted in New Jersey that meaningfully alter the legal landscape for employers.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

2018 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Haverford College, B.A., 2008

Awards & Honors

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2015-2020

Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch 2021

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Jewish Relief Agency 

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Haverford College Lawyers Network

Temple Law Alumni Association

Haverford College Young Alumni Advisory Group