Meredith S. Dante

Partner

dantem@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8132
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Meredith S. Dante represents employers across industries including technology, life sciences, health care, consumer products, hospitality, financial services, manufacturing, higher education, and retail in a broad range of labor and employment disputes. She partners with clients to proactively identify issues and devise legal solutions that are specifically tailored to the client's workforce and business needs. She regularly advises clients in matters involving discrimination, harassment, whistleblower complaints and retaliation, wage and hour issues, reductions in force, compliance issues, restrictive covenants, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other leave laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other accessibility issues, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and related state laws, and diversity and inclusion programs.

She has extensive experience conducting audits and internal investigations, as well as defending clients in single plaintiff, class, and collective actions across the spectrum of employment laws. She regularly advises clients in employment and corporate policies and guidelines including the review and development of codes of conduct, handbooks, and other internal policies. She has represented a number of publicly traded companies in enhancing various components of their corporate compliance programs. She also works with her clients to devise training programs that effectively communicate corporate policies and principles to employees and other key stakeholders. She frequently works with emerging growth clients to provide practical guidance on the unique issues faced by these companies as they grow and build successful businesses.

Meredith also advises both public and private employers on traditional labor issues, including union-organizing campaigns, unfair labor practices, and collective bargaining. She has experience handling interest arbitrations and grievance arbitrations, as well as representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, and Delaware Public Employment Relations Board.

Representative Matters

  • Conducts internal investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, and employee misconduct
  • Represents publicly traded companies in enhancing various components of their corporate compliance programs, including drafting and revising Codes of Conduct, sexual harassment programs, and other internal policies
  • Assists employers in conducting wage and hour audits
  • Represents employers in wage and hour class and collective actions
  • Represents public and private health systems in a broad range of traditional labor and employment matters
  • Represents a public utility company and health care institutions in an array of grievance arbitrations involving discipline and contract interpretation matters
  • Provides advice and counseling to emerging growth companies with respect to restrictive covenants, employment agreements, and other employment-related issues
  • Represents universities in union organizing campaigns and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board
  • Provides training on several topics, including prohibited harassment and discrimination, the FMLA, and ADA
  • Represented a manufacturer against allegations of discrimination and retaliation; obtained dismissal of the complaint
  • Represented a company in the prosecution of tortious interference, defamation, trade libel, and unfair competition claims; obtained favorable settlement for the client
  • Represented a company and its founders against allegations of unfair competition and breach of restrictive covenants; obtained favorable settlement for the client
  • Represented a hospital in litigation involving allegations of invasion of privacy and defamation in connection with an employee's termination; obtained dismissal of the complaint

Meredith is a member of the firm's Hiring Committee and has been involved in managing the firm's summer program. Meredith also is Co-Chair of Ballard Women Philadelphia.

Pro Bono Experience

Meredith maintains an active pro bono practice, assisting clients in a variety of matters ranging from child adoption proceedings to internal investigations.

Judicial Internships

Hon. Russell F. Canan, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named by Benchmark Litigation as a "Future Star" in litigation, 2019

Named among Philadelphia Business Journal's "25 Young Lawyers On The Rise," 2017

Named to the The Legal Intelligencer's "Lawyer on the Fast Track," 2017

Named among Super Lawyers Pennsylvania "Rising Stars" in the area of Employment and Labor for 2013-2018

First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Roll of Honor, 2010-2011, 2017

Publications

Co-author, "Employers, Beware: DOJ, FTC Mean Business With Enhanced Antitrust Enforcement Efforts," Ballard Spahr alert, October 30, 2018

Co-author, "Updates to New York State Guidance to Employers on Sexual Harassment Policies and Trainings," Ballard Spahr alert, October 8, 2018

Co-author, "NY State Issues Guidance to Employers on Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Requirements," Ballard Spahr alert, August 27, 2018

Co-author, "Fate of Public Union Agency Fees In Hands of High Court," Law360, March 6, 2018

Chapter co-author, "Sanctions," Pennsylvania eDiscovery, (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Editions)

Chapter co-author, "Federal Employment Laws and Benefits, a Primer for ERISA Lawyers" (2012 and 2013 editions), ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide (4th Edition)

Meredith is also the co-author of numerous recent Ballard Spahr Labor and Employment alerts:

"Workplace Equity: The State of the Law on Protections Against Sex-Based Discrimination," Ballard Spahr alert, August 30, 2018

"Supreme Court Axes Mandatory Agency Fees for Public Sector Employees," Ballard Spahr alert, June 27, 2018

"Supreme Court Hands Employers 'Epic' Win in Class Action Waivers Dispute," Ballard Spahr alert, May 22, 2018

"Significant Changes in Store for New York Employers When It Comes to Sexual Harassment," Ballard Spahr alert, May 17, 2018

"CA Supreme Court Decision Calls for Reevaluation of Worker Classifications," Ballard Spahr alert, May 15, 2018

"State Legislatures Tackle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," Ballard Spahr alert, April 10, 2018

"New Legal Challenges to Public Union Agency Fees," January 19, 2017

"Third Circuit Expands Liability Under the ADEA for Disparate Impact Claims," January 13, 2017

Speaking Engagements

"The Trouble with Trebles," Ballard Spahr CLE program, October 16, 2018

"How #MeToo and Pay Equity News is Changing the Legal Landscape for Employers" and "Employee Leave: Navigating the Interplay Between the ADA and the FMLA," Minneapolis Fall Employment Law Seminar, Ballard Spahr event, October 10, 2018

"FCRA Compliance: What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks," Ballard Spahr webinar, July 26, 2018

"Employee Leave: Navigating the Interplay Between the ADA and the FMLA," American Bar Association: 5th National Conference: Disability Issues in Employment and Education Law, Philadelphia, June 22, 2018

"Compliance Roundtable: MLO Overtime Litigation and FLSA Forum," Mortgage Bankers Association's Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference, Los Angeles, May 1, 2018

"Loan Originator Compensation - Guidance and Q&A with the Experts," Mortgage Bankers Association Education and the Compliance Essentials webinar, April 26, 2018

"Employment Issues," Philly Startup Leaders, Accelerator Program, March 6, 2018

"Compensation Issues," Mortgage Bankers Association's Accounting & Financial Management Conference 2017, November 14, 2017

"What You Need to Know About the Application of the FCRA to Non-Credit Products and Services," Ballard Spahr webinar, October 17, 2017

"Everyday Antitrust Issues: You Don't Know What You Don't Know," Ballard Spahr CLE program, October 12, 2017

"Other Issues: Employee Agreements, Class Action Waivers and Diversity," Mortgage Bankers Association's 2017 Human Resources Symposium, September 15, 2017

"Hot Topics - Diversity and Inclusion and Class Action Waivers," Mortgage Bankers Association's Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference, Miami, May 10, 2017

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D. 2008, cum laude)
Associate Editor, Catholic University Law Review

University of Michigan (B.A. 2005)

New Jersey

Pennsylvania