W. Jan Pietruszka

Partner, Labor and Employment National Service Line Leader

Jan’s unique blend of employment law counseling and litigation allows him to effectively and efficiently advise employers and executives on a wide variety of employment issues, including:

  • Wage and hour
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Breach of contract
  • Workplace torts
  • Unpaid wage lawsuits

He regularly litigates to enforce non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and he has extensive experience representing clients being investigated by the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

Jan communicates and forges relationships with all sorts of individuals, and gains an understanding of his clients' businesses, culture, and values, allowing him to identify future issues and find solutions that support long-term client strategies and keep clients out of trouble. He prides himself on helping clients avoid liability by offering in-house training to management and employees, and counseling them on the numerous state and federal laws regulating the workplace, such as:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • General employment issues, including employee discipline, terminations, and workplace investigations

Furthermore, Jan routinely drafts employment contracts, restrictive covenant agreements, independent contractor agreements, severance agreements, and employee handbooks and policies.

Along with employment law, Jan defends and advises commercial property owners and tenants on Title III of the ADA, which details the structural and design requirements for disabled access and public accommodations. He has represented more than 100 landlords and tenants in federal Title III ADA cases in Florida and Ohio.

When he’s not working with clients, Jan enjoys spending time fishing and cooking with his wife and three children. He is also an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Rays.

Media Mentions

  • Obtained injunction for medical practice as to multiple physicians for breach of non-competition duties.
  • Obtained injunction and damages for client against multiple former employees and their subsequent employer for breach of non-competition and non-solicitation duties.
  • Obtained summary judgment for client as to independent contractor’s claims of breach of contract, false imprisonment, defamation, and conversion.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims against client in federal lawsuit alleging religious discrimination and breach of contract for employee’s termination.