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Katharine Thomas Batista


P 267-319-7802
F 215-399-2249


Katharine Thomas Batista is an Associate in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. The majority of Ms. Batista’s time is devoted to litigation, representing management in the spectrum of employment matters in state and federal court, as well as before administrative agencies. Specifically, Ms. Batista has experience litigating Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), restrictive covenant and breach of contract cases, as well as both single plaintiff and class actions.

In addition, Ms. Batista has significant experience providing advice and counseling on employment and labor issues such as hiring and termination decisions, wage and hour, union negotiations, non-competition agreements, reductions in force, and disability and medical leave. Ms. Batista also assists with drafting and revising employment agreements, releases, personnel policies, communications and trainings. Finally, Ms. Batista has presented seminars and trainings on topics such as employment law basics, sexual harassment, internal investigations, Department of Labor audits and emerging trends.  Ms. Batista recently focused on this area of her practice by completing a secondment as the only in-house employment and labor counsel at a global chemical, science and engineering company.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Batista worked at a prominent mid-sized firm in Stamford, Connecticut, representing clients in employment and commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Ms. Batista clerked at the Connecticut Appellate Court for the Honorable Richard A. Robinson, now Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, where she drafted criminal and civil appeals. While attending law school, Ms. Batista served as the Chief Articles Editor of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review. She was also recognized as a Pro Bono Scholar, received the Distinguished Oral Advocate Award, and was named to the Dean’s List every semester.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Federal Bar Council
  • Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Network
  • Southeastern Philadelphia Society of Human Resource Management, Board Member
  • University of Connecticut, Philadelphia Alumni Advisory Board, Member

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Junior League of Philadelphia
  • Literacy Volunteers Greater Hartford, Volunteer Teacher
  • Yerwood Center (Connecticut), Academic Writing Instructor

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November 2, 2015

Katharine Batista Comments on Pregnancy Accommodation

November 2, 2015

Katharine Batista discusses pregnancy accommodation in SHRM's "States Require Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Workers." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

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December 8, 2015

Officers’ Meal Breaks Not Compensable, Third Circuit Finds, Adopts Predominant Benefit Test

December 8, 2015

Formally adopting the fact-sensitive predominant benefit test to determine whether a meal period is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal appeals court in Philadelphia has held that correction officers who were not “primarily engaged in work-related duties” during their daily meal breaks need not be paid... Read More

September 15, 2014

Delaware Mandates Pregnancy Accommodations

September 15, 2014

Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell (D) has signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, S.B. 212, extending workplace protections afforded to pregnant employees, and employees who have recently given birth, to include requiring employers provide reasonable accommodations to such employees.  The new law, signed on September 9... Read More

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Philadelphia Mayor Signs into Law Legislation to Ban Inquiries into Wage History – Update
February 3, 2017

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Kenney signed the Wage History Ordinance into law, making Philadelphia the first major U.S. city to make it illegal for employers to inquire about a potential employee’s salary history. Employers have 120 days to comply as the bill will be effective as of May 23, 2017. Read More