Businesses large and small seek Jonathan B. Orleans’ thoughtful, practical advice and effective advocacy in employment matters. Jon chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Law practice, and has 35 years of experience representing businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in disputes arising out of employment contracts and restrictive covenants, and in cases arising under federal and state anti-discrimination and wage/hour statutes. Jon advises his clients on compliance with laws and regulations and in the development and application of personnel policies. He negotiates and prepares employment contracts and separation agreements. He offers anti-harassment and other training programs to clients of the firm.
Jon also advises colleges, universities and independent schools concerning both employment-related matters and compliance with Title IX and other statutes regulating campus sexual misconduct and intercollegiate athletics. Jon investigates campus discrimination and harassment complaints, and defends schools in litigation arising out of such matters. He co-chairs the firm’s Colleges, Universities and Independent Schools practice.
Jon believes strongly in the wisdom of resolving disputes by negotiation and compromise when possible, and welcomes opportunities to serve as a mediator in employment and Title IX matters. He has also served as an arbitrator in employment cases.
Jon’s service to the bar and the community has included: chairing the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut; serving on the Federal Grievance Committee; co-chairing the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association; chairing Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, membership on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, and serving as Legal Advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. In 2011-12, Jon taught Civil Procedure as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law.