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Teresa Burke Wright

Washington, D.C. Region

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Teresa Wright is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents numerous employers in both litigation and administrative proceedings and advises clients with respect to state and federal employment laws.

Ms. Wright has handled jury trials and other litigation involving discrimination, harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and wrongful termination. She also counsels management regarding employment issues, including employee discipline and termination; preparation of employment contracts, personnel policies and handbooks; investigation of employee misconduct; management training; and preventing unlawful harassment.

Ms. Wright is a popular lecturer on a wide variety of employment-related topics, including employee accommodations and leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and state/local leave laws; avoiding unlawful harassment; preparing effective and enforceable severance agreements; and avoiding liability through appropriate performance evaluations, discipline and discharge practices. She was the author of a monthly column for Credit Union Magazine from 1998 through 2002, and previously served on the advisory panel for the Fair Employment Practices Guidelines. Ms. Wright is a frequent speaker for such groups as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), Lorman Education Services, and the National Business Institute.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Wright was a partner with Krupin, Greenbaum & O’Brien LLC, a management-side labor and employment firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., and an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Bingham Dana, LLP (now Bingham McCutcheon, LLP).

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Northern Virginia Family Services, Oakton, VA, Pro bono attorney
  • The Shepherd’s Table, Silver Spring, MD, Pro bono attorney

Published Works

  • "FMLA Myths and Misconceptions," Credit Union Magazine (May 2003) [Author]
  • "ADA Trumps Seniority Plan," Credit Union Magazine (July 2002) [Author]
  • "ADA Restricts Medical Inquiries," Credit Union Magazine (March 2002) [Author]
  • "Privacy Is Key to EAPs," Credit Union Magazine (January 2002) [Co-Author]
  • "A Supreme Court Preview," Credit Union Magazine (November 2001) [Author]
  • "Does the ADA Require Businesses to Allow Employees to Work at Home?" Disability Leave and Absence Reporter (October 2001) [Author]
  • "Is Arbitration Right for You?" Credit Union Magazine (July 2001) [Author]

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August 15, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

January 22, 2016

Teresa Burke Wright Discusses Paid Sick Leave

January 22, 2016

Teresa Burke Wright discusses paid sick leave laws in SHRM's "Employers Adjust to Implementation of Paid-Sick-Leave Laws." Subscription may be required to view article Read More

February 27, 2015
Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

Teresa Burke Wright Discusses Provisions to Ensure Compliance With New Paid Sick Leave Laws

February 27, 2015

Teresa Burke Wright is quoted in “States, Localities Enacted a Host of Private Sector Leave Laws in 2014,” published in Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report. View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

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January 16, 2018

Maryland Paid Sick Leave Effective February 11

January 16, 2018

Certain Maryland employers must begin offering paid sick and safe leave to their employees under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act beginning February 11, 2018. The Act requires Maryland businesses with at least 15 employees to offer paid sick and safe leave. Smaller businesses must provide unpaid sick and safe leave. On... Read More

June 3, 2015

Two District of Columbia Agencies Will Enforce New Protections for Pregnant Workers

June 3, 2015

The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) and the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced on June 1, 2015, a joint effort to investigate and enforce the Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 (“PPWFA” or “Act”). An individual may now file a PPWFA complaint with... Read More

April 8, 2015

District of Columbia Ban-the-Box Law Traps Employers

April 8, 2015

Employers are seeing charges mount against them under the District of Columbia’s recent “Ban the Box” law, the Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014, which became effective December 17, 2014.  The Act requires employers to remove criminal background questions from all job application forms and... Read More

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January 20th and Beyond: Workplace Law Under President-Elect Donald Trump

January 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST

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Are You Coming In Today? An FMLA Intermittent Leave Toolkit
April 3, 2017

            Intermittent leave continues to present some of the most exasperating FMLA issues. In March, the San Diego-based Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) issued a white paper showing the findings of its annual 2016 Employer Leave Management Survey, which involved 1,132 U.S. employers of all sizes. Read More

Disability and Leave Law Under President Trump: What’s Next?
January 26, 2017

Since Election Day, prognosticators and pundits have been speculating about how the Trump Administration’s actions will impact existing laws and regulations. Read More