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Joanna M. Rodriguez


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Joanna M. Rodriguez is an Associate in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She focuses her practice on employment-related litigation in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 

Ms. Rodriguez has represented management in all phases of employment litigation, in both jury and non-jury proceedings, and before state and federal administrative agencies. Ms. Rodriguez dedicates a significant portion of her practice to defending employers in complex class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, state wage and hour laws, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In this role, she also works with employers to ensure compliance with the FLSA and its state law counterparts.

In addition to providing employers with day-to-day advice and counsel, Ms. Rodriguez reviews employment policies, performs wage and hour audits, and conducts third-party investigations. She frequently provides training to managers in all areas of employment law, including leave management, sexual harassment prevention, harassment investigations, and supervisory training.  


Professional Associations and Activities

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • ACBA Civil Litigation Section Council Member 
  • Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Wills for Heroes Program Coordinator 
  • Children’s Hospital of UPMC, Children’s Trust Member 
  • Your Child’s Place, Pathways of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Board Member

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November 25, 2019

Fluctuating Workweek Pay Method Not Available in Pennsylvania, State Supreme Court Holds

November 25, 2019

In a long-awaited decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has concluded that the fluctuating workweek (FWW) pay method is not a proper method of overtime pay calculation under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA). Chevalier v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., 2019 Pa. LEXIS 6521 (Nov. 20, 2019). As a result, the Court affirmed the... Read More

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Criticizing Lower Court, Third Circuit Reverses Class Certification in Suit Alleging Pay Violations
January 4, 2019

A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit has struck down U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab’s decision granting class certification in a suit brought by mortgage loan officers claiming they were denied overtime pay by their employer. Reinig v. RBS Citizens, NA, No. 17-3464 (3d Cir. Dec. 31, 2018). Read More

Rule 23 Amendments Awaiting Congressional Review
July 16, 2018

The final amendments to the Federal Civil Rules of Procedure, including amendments to Rule 23 class actions, are waiting for approval from Congress. The primary changes to Rule 23 affect the class action notice and settlement processes. Read More

Pennsylvania Governor Seeks to Expand Overtime Pay to Currently Exempt Employees
January 22, 2018

Frustrated by years of unsuccessful efforts to raise the minimum wage through the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, and in response to the recent federal court invalidation of the Obama-era DOL’s rule that would have doubled the minimum salary requirement for the executive, administrative and professional exemptions (i.e. Read More