People: Eric J. Janson, Partner

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Eric J. Janson

Partner

Washington, D.C.
Direct: (202) 828-3532
Fax: (202) 828-5393
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Mr. Janson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has extensive experience representing management in single and multi-plaintiff employment litigation before federal and state courts, including matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other federal and state statutes. His practice also includes assisting clients with employment-related tort claims, including defamation, fraud, tortious interference, as well as the enforcement and defense of non-solicitation and non-competition agreements. Mr. Janson also regularly counsels employers on a wide-variety of employment matters, including workplace investigations of claims of discrimination and harassment, leave and accommodation requests, employee discipline and discharge, and employment policies and handbooks.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Janson served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice where he represented federal agencies in civil litigation before the federal district and appellate courts. He also served as lead counsel in employment litigation proceedings before the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) while working for the National Gallery of Art.

Mr. Janson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He has extensive experience representing management in single and multi-plaintiff employment litigation before federal and state courts, including matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and other federal and state statutes. His practice also includes assisting clients with employment-related tort claims, including defamation, fraud, tortious interference, as well as the enforcement and defense of non-solicitation and non-competition agreements. Mr. Janson also regularly counsels employers on a wide-variety of employment matters, including workplace investigations of claims of discrimination and harassment, leave and accommodation requests, employee discipline and discharge, and employment policies and handbooks.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Janson served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice where he represented federal agencies in civil litigation before the federal district and appellate courts. He also served as lead counsel in employment litigation proceedings before the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) while working for the National Gallery of Art.

Education

  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law (2001)
    cum laude
  • B.A., Lehigh University (1998)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Affiliations

  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA) – Employment Practices Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management – Dulles Chapter

Representative Engagements

  • Motir Services Inc. v. Office of D.C. Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, AAA Case No. 16-110-Y-00351-10 (2011).  Secured $1.275 million dollar judgment in multi-faceted commercial and government contracts case against the District of Columbia Office of Public Education Facilities  Modernization (OPEFM)
  • CNN America Inc. and Team Video Services LLC,Case Nos. 5-CA-31828/5-CA-333125 (N.L.R.B. 2008).  Obtained complete dismissal after 81 day hearing on behalf of former contractor regarding allegations of discrimination and retaliation against union-represented video production employees, technicians and engineers. 
  • Emory et al. v. United Airlines, Inc. et al. 1:08-cv-02227 (D.D.C. 2011); 11-7142 (D.C. Cir. 2012).  Secured complete dismissal of ADEA and constitutional claims brought by former airline pilots challenging interpretation of non-retroactivity provisions of “Age 65” rule; affirmed by D.C. Circuit on appeal.
  • Fikerte Kassim v. Inter-Continental Hotel Corp. 1:12-cv-01663 (D.D.C. 2013). Obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment in race, national origin and sex discrimination case brought by bartender at prominent local hotel. 
  • Roecker v. McDonald’s Corporation, 1:12-cv-01651 (D. Md. 2013). Obtained summary judgment in pregnancy discrimination case. 
  • Malik Hodge v. United Airlines, Inc., 1:07-cv-01527 (D.D.C. 2011); 11-7141 (D.C. Cir. 2012)Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in FMLA and race discrimination and retaliation case brought by a former flight attendant; affirmed by D.C. Circuit on appeal.
  • Mozdzierz v. Accenture LLP et al. -- 2:06-cv-2652 / 2:06-cv-3877 (E.D. Pa. 2010).  Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in two related lawsuits alleging ADA retaliation and alleged violations of ERISA. 
  • Shahid Popo v. Giant Food LLC, 1:08-cv-01190 (D. Md. 2009). Secured summary judgment against claims of race, national origin, and religious discrimination and retaliation by former grocery manager.
  • John Dunlap v. Merritt Hospitality LLC, 2:08-cv-2019 (E.D. Pa. 2008).  Obtained summary judgment against claims of race discrimination by former bell clerk at prominent Philadelphia hotel.
  • Lacy Jones v. Giant of Maryland LLC, 1:07-cv-02938 (D. Md. 2008) – Drafted successful  motion for summary judgment regarding former forklift driver who claimed race discrimination and retaliation.
  • Jennebah Ville v. United Airlines, Inc., 1:07-cv-0900 (E.D. Va. 2008) – Obtained complete dismissal of claims of race and sex discrimination by former airline baggage handler; affirmed by Fourth Circuit on appeal.
  • Claude Travis v. U.S. Dept. of Transp./Federal Aviation Administration, 1:03-cv-02118-RMC (D.D.C. 2006).  Secured favorable jury verdict in complex age discrimination and retaliation case brought by former cartographer.

Presentations

  • Global HR Leadership Conference - Best Practices for Employment Investigations (February 2013)
  • Human Resource Leadership Forum Seminar - Diversity in Workplace Panel Discussion (January 2013)
  • Client Briefing:  Recent Developments in Social Media in the Workplace (June 2012)
  • Hotel Association of Washington D.C - Annual HR Continuing Education Seminar (July 2011) - Social Media in the Workplace and Recent NLRB Enforcement Efforts
  • Client Briefing:  Recent Developments in Social Media in the Workplace (September 2011)
  • Client Briefing:  Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of Social Media in the Workplace (September 2010)

Publications

  • “You (Don’t) Have the Right to Remain Silent -- How New Unemployment Insurance Integrity Laws May Effect Your Settlement Negotiations” Employment Law Lookout Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 2013)
  • “How Fast is Fast Enough? Fourth Circuit Examines Employer’s Response To Racially Hostile Work Environment Allegations” Workplace Class Action Blog, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 2011)
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust -- Law, Accounting & Finance Conference (2012) - Sourcebook - Social Media in the Workplace