Joseph T. Charron

Associate || Chicago

J.T. Charron represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on litigating employment claims in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. Mr. Charron has represented employers in litigation involving matters of employment discrimination, unlawful termination, breaches of non-competition agreements, whistleblowing, and wage and hour compliance.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Charron was an HR manager for a large unionized manufacturing company. As an HR Manager Mr. Charron was responsible for all aspects of human resources, including performance management and succession planning, legal compliance, benefits administration, and discipline and discharge decisions. Additionally, Mr. Charron negotiated and administered collective bargaining agreements for two unions, representing approximately 300 employees.

While in law school, Mr. Charron served as Editor of the Tulsa Law Review and received two CALI awards in legal writing. Mr. Charron also interned with Tulsa’s Immigrant Rights Project and the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Children’s Legal Alliance. Mr. Charron graduated with highest honors in 2015 and was awarded Order of the Curule Chair for distinguished service to the university.

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  • Won labor arbitration on former employee’s claim of unjust termination.
  • Won summary judgment in federal court on plaintiff’s claims of race discrimination against a large hospital.
  • Won motion to dismiss on plaintiff’s claims of age discrimination in state court.
  • Defended client in Mine Safety and Health investigation of employee safety complaints.
  • Defended client before the Illinois Department of Human Rights, resulting in dismissal of former employee’s race discrimination claims.
  • Prepared numerous position statements in response to charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC, Missouri Commission on Human Rights (“MCHR”), Illinois Department of Human Rights (“IDHR”), and the Wisconsin Employment Rights Division (“ERD”)
  • Drafted and revised multiple employee handbooks for large multi-state employers, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local law.
  • Drafted numerous post-hearing arbitration briefs regarding contract interpretation disputes as well as discharge decisions.
  • Counseled large and small employers on new developments in state, federal, and local laws and provided advice on the impact to the employer’s operations.
  • Counseled large and small employers on a broad range of employment issues including medical leaves, accommodations, termination decisions, and compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws.
  • Provided analysis and advice to large manufacturing company on how to properly implement reductions in force and avoid liability under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (“WARN”) Act and the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act (“OWBPA”).

Education

  • J.D., highest honors, University of Tulsa College of Law, 2015
  • MHRLR, Michigan State University, 2007
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College, 2005

Admittance to Practice

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • SHRM Member
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Order of the Curule Chair
  • CALI Excellence Award (Legal Writing, Advanced Legal Writing)
  • Highest Honors
  • Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Editor, Tulsa Law Review

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