Natalie F. Hrubos represents and counsels management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. She has extensive experience defending companies in class action and other complex litigation matters. Ms. Hrubos also helps employers navigate challenges and develop proactive compliance strategies in a wide range of employment-related areas, including wage and hour issues, employment-dispute arbitration programs, medical leaves and accommodations, and employee relations.

Areas of Practice

  • Wage and Hour Class and Collective Action Litigation
  • Employment Litigation and Arbitration
  • Preventive Employment Law Counseling and Training
  • Employee Handbook and Policy Development
  • Employee Agreement and Contract Development

Representative Matters

  • Represent two national companies in various multi-plaintiff wage and hour litigation matters involving alleged violations of the FLSA.
  • Represent national cosmetology school in Rule 23 consumer class actions involving alleged violations of Pennsylvania and New Jersey consumer protection statutes, as well as purported claims for breach of implied contract, and unjust enrichment/disgorgement.
  • Represent national cosmetology school in matter involving purported nationwide FLSA collective action and multiple Rule 23 state wage and hour law class actions in which students allege they are owed wages for time spent in school.
  • Represented international spa company in purported Connecticut wage and hour class and collective action arbitration in which personal service employees assert multiple causes of action for alleged unpaid wages, including commissions, tips and overtime premium payments; successfully negotiated stipulation for consolidated mediation and arbitration of individual claims of opt-in claimants and achieved voluntary dismissal with prejudice of class allegations.
  • Represented two diners in New York state wage and hour class and collective action in which seven named plaintiffs allege multiple federal and state wage law violations, including unpaid minimum wages, overtime premium payments, and spread of hours payments.
  • Represented restaurant in New York state wage and hour class action in which three restaurant workers alleged failure to pay minimum wages, overtime premium payments, and spread of hours payments; class and collective allegations voluntarily dismissed and individual claims of three named plaintiffs settled on terms favorable to employer.
  • Represented professional staffing services firm in purported nationwide collective action in which financial services industry workers alleged they were misclassified as exempt administrative and/or executive employees in violation of the FLSA; named and purported opt-in plaintiffs stipulated to consolidated mediation and arbitration and individual claims of the plaintiffs settled at mediation on terms favorable to employer.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a nursing and custodial care center in a federal case involving claims of disability discrimination, FMLA retaliation and FMLA interference (affirmed by the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals).
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a financial services company in an arbitration involving claims of FMLA interference and retaliation.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a furniture and electronics rent-to-own company in an arbitration involving claims of disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an industrial services company in a federal case involving claims of disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Obtained dismissal of an EEOC charge alleging age discrimination on behalf of a fitness center.

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 2009
    - Editor-in-Chief, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 2006

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013-2015 and 2017
  • Named one of Pennsylvania's Lawyers on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer, August 2012
  • Craig M. Perry Community Service Award, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2011
  • Sara Weaver Volunteer of the Year Award, Equality Advocates Pennsylvania, 2009

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2015, Philadelphia, May 14, 2015
  • Presenter, "Systemic Approach to Combating Harassment" Duane Morris Institute Seminar, May 7, 2014
  • Presenter, "Workplace Bullying 101: You Might Have A Bully If..." Duane Morris Institute Seminar, May 7, 2014
  • Presenter, "Not In My Workplace! Preventing and Correcting Harassment," Duane Morris Institute Seminar, November 14, 2013
  • Presenter, "Cutting Edge LGBT Workplace Issues," Duane Morris Institute Seminar, November 6, 2013
  • Presenter, "Updates on Equal Employment Opportunity Law and Practices," 2013 EEOC Philadelphia Training Institute Seminar," Philadelphia, September 16, 2013
  • Co-presenter, "Wage-and-Hour Issues You Didn't Know You Had," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice Seminar, Philadelphia, May 22, 2013
  • Presenter, "Not In My Workplace! Preventing and Correcting Harassment," Duane Morris Institute Seminar, Philadelphia, April 30, 2013
  • Presenter, "Harassment in the Workplace: Trans/Gender Focus," Duane Morris Institute Webinar, February 28, 2013
  • Panelist, "Best Practices: Finding the Way Forward," Bullying: Redefining Boundaries, Responsibility and Harm Conference, Temple University School of Law, February 23, 2013
  • Presenter, "Wage and Hour Law Essentials for Hospitality Industry Employers," Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association Webinar, January 22, 2013