Clark Whitney

Shareholder Philadelphia

Clark Whitney represents employers in litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings before government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Clark’s practice includes a wide range of employment law issues, including matters involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower claims, wage and hour issues, as well as interference with rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Clark also regularly counsels employers to avoid and minimize litigation on employment issues and the implementation and application of policies consistent with federal, state, and local employment laws.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Clark was an associate with a national employment law firm and prior to that an associate in the construction litigation group of a large full practice firm in Philadelphia where she concentrated her practice in litigation and contract matters related to the design and construction of commercial and industrial facilities.


Experience

Clark has a broad range of experience in employment law, including:

  • Defending employers in single plaintiff and multi-party actions involving alleged violations of federal and state employment laws.
  • Defending companies against employment-related charges and complaints before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.  
  • Advising employers on best practices for handling issues related to hiring, discipline, termination, employee leave, and accommodation requests. Serving as part-time in-house counsel in employment litigation team for large media and entertainment company.
  • Representing companies in connection with wage and hour audits by the state and federal Department of Labor.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Temple American Inn of Court
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Speeches:

  • Corporate Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Wearing Two Hats? Navigating the Dual-Hat Dilemma'' - La Quinta - November 09, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation: How Much Is Enough and Is Anything Unreasonable?'' - Hershey - September 2014
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute 11th Annual Nonprofit Institute - ''Hiring, Firing, and Evaluations'' - Philadelphia - May 21, 2013

Published Works

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Media

Media Quotes

May 08, 2014 - SHRM.org - "Ignoring Reinstatement Requests Not Retaliation"

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