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Jennifer Bombard McGovern

Attorney

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-8351
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Jennifer Bombard McGovern is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Boston office.  

Ms. McGovern has experience representing and advising private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, primarily in the field of employment discrimination and harassment and administrative matters.  She has represented clients before Massachusetts state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as numerous other state and local agencies.  Ms. McGovern has also advised employers on compliance and litigation avoidance in matters involving employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful discharge, separation and severance agreements, non-competition and trade secret litigation, employee investigations and discipline, leaves of absence and disability accommodation, workplace privacy and data security, and wage and hour issues.  Ms. McGovern has particular experience representing employers in the health care, retail and hospitality industries. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. McGovern was a member of client-dedicated service teams for a national law firm and specialized in handling administrative agency charges.  In this capacity, she investigated charge allegations, provided clients with an assessment of the risks associated with each charge, defended charges by drafting persuasive position statements and engaged in strategic settlement discussions, either through formal mediation or informal discussions with mediators, investigators or counsel.  Where appropriate, she prepared witnesses for fact finding conferences and represented clients during on-site agency investigations.

Previously, Ms. McGovern practiced labor and employment law with firms in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Jennifer Bombard McGovern is an attorney in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's Boston office.  

Ms. McGovern has experience representing and advising private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, primarily in the field of employment discrimination and harassment and administrative matters.  She has represented clients before Massachusetts state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as numerous other state and local agencies.  Ms. McGovern has also advised employers on compliance and litigation avoidance in matters involving employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful discharge, separation and severance agreements, non-competition and trade secret litigation, employee investigations and discipline, leaves of absence and disability accommodation, workplace privacy and data security, and wage and hour issues.  Ms. McGovern has particular experience representing employers in the health care, retail and hospitality industries. 

Prior to joining Seyfarth, Ms. McGovern was a member of client-dedicated service teams for a national law firm and specialized in handling administrative agency charges.  In this capacity, she investigated charge allegations, provided clients with an assessment of the risks associated with each charge, defended charges by drafting persuasive position statements and engaged in strategic settlement discussions, either through formal mediation or informal discussions with mediators, investigators or counsel.  Where appropriate, she prepared witnesses for fact finding conferences and represented clients during on-site agency investigations.

Previously, Ms. McGovern practiced labor and employment law with firms in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law  School (2004)
    J. Braxton Craven National Moot Court, National Champion & Best Oralist
  • B.A., Colgate University, summa cum laude (2000)
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia

Courts

  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section Steering Committee, 2009-2010)
  • Northeast Human Resources Association (Legal & Legislative Committee, 2009-2010)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • American Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Representative Engagements

  • Defense of single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment and retaliation charges at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, EEOC and other state and local administrative agencies on behalf of national retailers, hoteliers, hospitals, health care systems, skilled nursing facilities, long-term and short-term care facilities, and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal on behalf of retailer in case brought by former manager alleging race discrimination and retaliation in the Massachusetts Superior Court.
  • Revised severance and separation agreements for life science industry client for use in connection with single employee terminations and large-scale reductions-in-force in various states.
  • Served as second chair at trial before the United Stated District Court for the District of Massachusetts and defended manufacturing employer in suit alleging violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act.
  • Defense of national retailer against putative class allegations of violations of the FLSA and Massachusetts overtime law, and allegations concerning assistant store manager misclassification of overtime exempt.
  • Assisted private hospital management with negotiation of favorable settlement of wrongful discharge grievance brought by terminated union employee.
  • Advised healthcare services client with Massachusetts Fair Share Contribution audit by the Division of Unemployment Assistance to ensure compliance with the Massachusetts Healthcare Reform Act.

Presentations

  • “Social Networking - How To (and Not To) Use it in HR Practices,” Northeast Human Resources Association Workshop (June 2009)

Publications

  • “Legal Pitfalls and Practical Advice for Employers Using Social Networking Sites to Investigate Job Applicants,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Employment Law & Litigation Committee Newsletter (Winter 2007)