Lou Chodoff
Lou Chodoff

Louis L. Chodoff

Partner

chodoffl@ballardspahr.com
Tel 856.761.3436
Fax 856.761.1020
New Jersey

Louis L. Chodoff handles labor and employment law counseling and litigation associated with harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, whistleblower, wrongful discharge, and restrictive covenant disputes.

Mr. Chodoff litigates in state and federal courts as well as in various administrative agencies such as the New Jersey Department of Labor, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He counsels his clients on the employment and labor law implications of corporate acquisitions and advises employers on all aspects of labor and employment law, including discharge and discipline decisions, employee safety and workplace violence issues, drug and alcohol testing issues, training protocols, leave of absence decisions, wage and hour issues, and downsizing.

Mr. Chodoff conducts training for clients throughout the country in areas of harassment prevention and union avoidance. He also conducts labor arbitrations, litigates matters before the NLRB, conducts collective bargaining negotiations, conducts representation election campaigns for management, and obtains state court injunctions in strike matters.

Representative Matters

  • Served as co-lead counsel in a national origin discrimination case resulting in a jury defense verdict
  • Served as lead trial counsel in successful defense of client in discrimination case before New Jersey Office of Administrative Law
  • Obtained injunction on behalf of housing authority and supermarket clients halting illegal picketing
  • Concluded collective bargaining negotiations for drug rehabilitation center, obtaining significant give-backs from union, including an increase in employee co-pay for health insurance
  • Conducted harassment prevention training for large property management company
  • Obtained summary judgment for four clients in past two years in cases involving racial discrimination, whistleblower and tortious interference with contractual relations issues
  • Conducted successful representation election campaigns for two employers, one in the entertainment industry and one in the home health industry, in the past two years

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Co-chair, Labor and Employment Law Section, Workplace Harassment Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Publications

Mr. Chodoff has written numerous Ballard Spahr Labor and Employment alerts, including:

"Telecommuting May Be Reasonable ADA Accommodation for Some Workers, Sixth Circuit Holds," April 29, 2014

"N.J. Court Upholds Criminal Indictment against Former Employee Who Took Confidential Documents," January 14, 2014

"New Jersey Enacts Notice and Posting Requirements for Gender Equality in Pay and Other Terms and Conditions of Employment," October 3, 2012

"Transgender Employees Protected by Title VII, EEOC Finds," April 26, 2012

"New Regulations for Unemployed Workers in New Jersey," October 24, 2011

"Facebook Gripes About Your Boss May Constitute Protected Activity Under the NLRA," November 10, 2010

"N.J. Law Saves Small Businesses, Other Employers on Unemployment Costs," July 12, 2010

"Newly Approved N.J. Medical Marijuana Bill Raises Employment Issues," January 12, 2010

"President Signs First Bill–the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009," January 29, 2009

Co-author, "The Risky Business of Screening Social Media in the Hiring Process," New Jersey Law Journal, February 27, 2012  

Co-author, "Weed in the Workplace: Employment Law Nightmare," Executive Counsel, June/July 2011

"Conducting a Sexual Harassment Investigation," New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, Winter 1997

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Chodoff is a frequent lecturer on topics relating to all aspects of labor and employment law, and presenter before business and professional groups throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Presentations include:

"Before You Hit Send: How E-Mail Can Get Employers in Trouble," Ballard Spahr webinar, May 2, 2014

"2013 HR Legal Summit: Labor and Employment Law Compliance for Today's HR Professional," Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, September 20, 2013

"Internships: The College and University Perspective," Ballard Spahr webinar, August 20, 2013

"Spotlight On: The Use of Unpaid Interns," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 30, 2013

"Before You Hit Send: How E-Mail Can Get Employers in Trouble," Ballard Spahr webinar, November 14, 2012

"Labor and Employment Law Developments: The Year in Review," Workplace Law Today, Ballard Spahr seminar, May 9, 2012

"Implications of Medical Marijuana in the Workplace," Lorman Education Services Live Audio Conference, March 27, 2012

"Employee Severance Agreements: Latest Guidance for Employment Counsel," Strafford CLE Teleconference, February 22, 2012

"Workplace Investigations in New Jersey," Lawline CLE, September 14, 2011

"Medical Marijuana in the Workplace," Lorman Education Services, July 7, 2010

"Workplace Investigations: Strategies and Ethical Considerations," Ballard briefing, April 24, 2009

"Employment Law From A to Z in New Jersey," Lorman Education Service, September 25, 2009

"The Sexual Harassment Investigative Process," Lorman Education Services, September 25, 2008

"Healthcare Focused Legislative Update," Philadelphia & Suburban Healthcare Human Resources Association, May 16, 2008

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1988, cum laude)
Editor, Temple Law Review

Ursinus College (B.A. 1985)

New Jersey

Pennsylvania