Louis L. Chodoff


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.

Lou 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.

Lou 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.

Lou has provided insights on labor and employment issues to many prominent publications, including Bloomberg BNA, Law360, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Westlaw. In September 2019, Lou was asked to testify at a public hearing on sexual harassment held by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (NJDCR). The findings and recommendations issued by the NJDCR in late February 2020 can be found here.

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


Lou has written numerous Ballard Spahr Labor and Employment alerts, including:

Co-author, "Pennsylvania Marijuana Update: Accommodations and Pre-Employment Testing," Ballard Spahr alert, November 20, 2020

Co-author, "New Jersey’s Legalization of Marijuana: Employment Implications for NJ and NY," Ballard Spahr alert, November 9, 2020

Co-author, "NJ Presumes Workers Comp Coverage for NJ Essential Workers Who Contract COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, September 16, 2020

Co-author, "FFCRA Updates," Ballard Spahr alert, September 14, 2020

Co-author, "EEOC Issues New Guidance on Opioid Use and the ADA," Ballard Spahr alert, August 14, 2020

Co-author, "FFCRA Updates," Ballard Spahr alert, April 24, 2020

Co-author, "New Jersey: Unemployment Compensation Update," April 21, 2020

Co-author, "NJ Grants Health Care Professionals and Facilities Immunity in Treating COVID-19 Patients," April 16, 2020

Co-author, "New Jersey Amends Its WARN, Family Leave, and Disability Laws to Address COVID-19 Issues," April 15, 2020

Co-author, "Latest Executive Order Increases Mitigation Requirements for New Jersey Transit and Restaurants," April 14, 2020

Co-author, "Let the Pandemic Employment Lawsuits Begin!," April 14, 2020

Co-author, "New Executive Order Increases Mitigation Requirements on ‘Essential’ Businesses & Stops All ‘Non-Essential’ Construction In New Jersey," April 9, 2020

Co-author, "COVID-19 Triggers New Jersey Employment Legislation," April 6, 2020

Co-author, "FFCRA Updates: U.S. Department Of Labor Issues Guidance And Congress Passes CARES Act With Amendments," March 27, 2020

Co-author, "New Jersey Prohibits Particular Waiver and Non-Disclosure Provisions in Employee Contracts and Settlement Agreements," March 19, 2019

Co-author, "Frequently Asked Questions: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Workplace," March 12, 2020

Co-author, "New Jersey Expands Leave Benefits for Employees," February 21, 2019

Co-author, "Federal Judge in N.J. Dismisses Employee's Claim of Failure to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use," August 15, 2018

Co-author, "The Split Deepens: 2nd Circuit Holds that Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination," February 28, 2018 

Co-author, "A New Governor Takes Office: What NJ Employers Can Expect," January 18, 2018 

Co-author, "Labor Department Hits the Brakes on Class Actions by Interns," January 9, 2018 

Co-author, "Employers Should Have Plan in Place for End of DACA," September 13, 2017

"Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis," July 21, 2017

"Expect Pro-Business, Pro-Employer Changes Under Trump Administration," January 20, 2017

"Mass. Pay Equity Law Brings Wave of Hiring Restrictions," August 15, 2016 

"CFPB Announces Consent Order with Employment Background Screening Report Providers," November 3, 2015

"Second Circuit Deals a Blow to Unpaid Intern Classes," July 7, 2015

"N.J. Supreme Court Decision in Harassment Case Mixed Bag for Employers," February 19, 2015

"NLRB Issues Mixed Decisions When Applying Specialty Healthcare to Retail Industry," July 31, 2014 

"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

"Governor Corzine Signs New Jersey Paid Leave Bill," May 2, 2008

"New Jersey Paid Leave Makes Legislative Advances," Mar 3, 2008

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

Lou 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:

Speaker, "The Next Wave of Employer Liability," Ballard Spahr podcast, February 10, 2021

Speaker, "Let the Lawsuits Begin: Employers Already Are Being Sued Over COVID-19 Issues," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 24, 2020

Speaker, "Workplace Harassment Law: Update 2020," New Jersey State Bar Association webinar, April 21, 2020

Presenter, "COVID-19: The 10 Most Critical Questions Being Asked by Employers," Ballard Spahr webinar March 19, 2020

Speaker, "Restrictive Covenant and Trade Secret Litigation – Lessons from the Front Lines," Ballard Spahr webinar, February 26, 2020

"Retaliation Claims in Real Life – Concrete Examples of Successful Defenses, Investigations, Evidence Collection and Early Resolution," 28th National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance, American Conference Institute, New York, NY, January 29, 2020

Speaker, "Impact of Pharmaceuticals in the Workplace: From Cannabis to Cognition Enhancement," Ballard Spahr webinar, November 13, 2019

Speaker, "Toke It If You Got It: Marijuana in the Workplace," SEPA SHRM Legal Summit, September 27, 2019

"Employee Experience Focused Workplace," Ballard Spahr CLE, July 24, 2019

"Impact of Pharmaceuticals in the Workplace: From Cannabis to Cognition Enhancement," The Future of Human Resources: Cutting Edge Issues for Every Employer, Ballard Spahr webinar, October 31, 2018

"Employee Handbooks: Top 10 Tips for Developing an Effective Handbook," 2017 Ballard Spahr SEPA SHRM HR Legal Summit, September 14, 2017 

"Workplace Law Changes in a Trump Administration: What Employers Need to Know Now," Human Resources Council Committee Meeting Series, Voorhees, NJ, January 24, 2017

"Before You Hit Send: How E-Mail Can Get Employers in Trouble," 2014 HR Legal Summit, Ballard Spahr and SEPA SHRM conference, Langhorne, PA, September 12, 2014

"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