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Bryan P. O'Connor

Office Managing Principal
Seattle

P 206-405-0404
F 206-405-4450
Bryan.OConnor@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Bryan P. O’Connor is the Office Managing Principal in the Seattle, Washington, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law his entire legal career.

Mr. O'Connor serves in many different capacities depending upon client needs. He has advised and represented both large and small employers in all aspects of traditional labor law across numerous industries, including construction, manufacturing, retail, health care, utility, food distribution, and government-related services. His roles include advising and representing management in union organizing campaigns, elections and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, other legal proceedings before federal and state courts, and other administrative agencies. He has served as a chief spokesperson and advisor for numerous employers involved in collective bargaining and contract administration, including grievance processing and arbitrations.

In addition to traditional labor law, Mr. O’Connor’s practice includes a wide spectrum of employment law advice and litigation, including both state and federal claims, and individual and class action suits. He has handled administrative charges and lawsuits involving race, age, religion, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation and wage and hour claims. Mr. O’Connor has broad experience dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington State Human Rights Commission, and other state and local agencies.

Mr. O’Connor regularly conducts employee and management training seminars, and frequently lectures on labor and employment topics. He has drafted articles for various publications and groups, including The Ohio Labor Citizen, South Snohomish Chamber of Commerce, and South King County Chapter of SHRM.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. O’Connor practiced labor and employment law with two other law firms – one located in Seattle and the other in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a partner. Mr. O’Connor is a Maryland native.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Associated General Contractors of America
  • Cleveland Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Former Secretary/Treasurer
  • Cleveland Employment Inns of Court, Master of the Bench
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • South Snohomish Chamber of Commerce
  • South Snohomish Chapter of SHRM

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December 7, 2017
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Michael Griffin and Bryan O'Connor Author "Washington Supreme Court: State Law Bars Retaliation Against Job Applicants"

December 7, 2017

Michael Griffin and Bryan O'Connor author "Washington Supreme Court: State Law Bars Retaliation Against Job Applicants," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

July 26, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Bryan O'Connor Discusses Ruling on Local 689 Election

July 26, 2017

Bryan O'Connor discusses labor union Local 689 ordered to redo officer election because it didn't fairly give members a chance to run or vote in "DC Transit System's Union Ordered to Redo Officer Election," published by Bloomberg BNA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 15, 2016
SHRM

Bryan O'Connor Comments on Seattle's Newly Approved Paid Sick Leave Measures

November 15, 2016

 Bryan O'Connor comments on Seattle's new paid sick leave rules in "Arizona and Washington Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measures," published in SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

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December 18, 2017

New Year Brings Paid Sick and Safe Leave to Washington

December 18, 2017

Washington has joined the growing list of jurisdictions requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees. All Washington employers, regardless of size, must provide their employees paid sick and safe leave (“PSSL”) starting January 1, 2018. Which Employees are Covered? In general, every non-exempt employee engaged in... Read More

November 28, 2017

Washington Law Bars Retaliatory Discrimination against Job Applicants, State Supreme Court Holds

November 28, 2017

Employers who refuse to hire job applicants who opposed discrimination in a prior job may be sued for retaliation under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), the Washington Supreme Court has held in a unanimous decision. Zhu v. North Central Educ. Servs. – ESD 171, No. 94209-9 (Nov. 9, 2017). The Court ruled that WLAD creates... Read More

September 8, 2017

Washington Enacts Healthy Starts Act: New Workplace Accommodation Protections for Pregnant Employees

September 8, 2017

Washington recently enacted new workplace accommodation protections for pregnant employees. The Healthy Starts Act (RCW 43.10.005):[1] Applies to employers of 15 or more employees.  Specifies four accommodations for which employers MAY NOT (1) ask for medical verification; (2) claim undue hardship. Specifies four... Read More

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