Benjamin Teris concentrates his practice on labor and employment law and civil litigation. While Ben is able to counsel clients nationwide on a wide range of federal, state, and local laws, he is known as a trusted advisor to New Jersey employers who seek guidance in labor and employment matters or face litigation with current or former employees.
Labor and Employment Litigation
Ben’s experience includes defending New Jersey and Pennsylvania employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, wage and hour violations, and retaliation under the ADA, Title VII, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, NJLAD, CEPA, and PHRA, in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state administrative agencies.
He also has experience representing public employers before the Public Employment Relations Commission and the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law. Additionally, Ben has fully litigated multiple disputes before labor arbitrators. This includes the first successful removal of a tenured teacher for inefficiency under the TEACHNJ Act.
Labor and Employment Counseling
Litigation is costly and time consuming. Staying current on ever changing labor and employment laws and regulations is essential for employers to avoid unnecessary litigation. Accordingly, Ben is able to provide counseling services to provide compliance insights with employment laws.
Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets
Ben has experience negotiating and litigating matters involving employer confidential information and trade secrets and employee restrictive covenant agreements.
For employers with unionized workforces, Ben has experience counseling employers on collective bargaining negotiations and issues, contract interpretation, grievances, and unfair labor practice charges.
Ben’s investigation experience includes a wide range of matters, such as internal complaints involving harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, whistleblowing, and alleged employer misconduct. His investigation process is thorough and objective. This generally includes a review of relevant documents, interviews of witnesses, and a comprehensive report.
Executive and Professional Employee Counseling
While Ben primarily represents employers, he also provides services to executive and professional employees, such as physicians and corporate officers, who seek counseling on employment issues, negotiation of severance packages, and navigation of restrictive covenant obligations.
Judicial System Experience
Colleagues and clients often consult with Ben due to the inside knowledge of the New Jersey court system he gained through his clerkships. His appellate clerkship experience has translated into several victories for clients in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, where he has briefed and argued multiple matters.
This experience includes judicial clerkships with the Honorable Anne McDonnell, Presiding Judge, Chancery, Superior Court of New Jersey, Gloucester County and the Honorable Richard S. Hoffman, Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.
Ben received his BA and JD from Rutgers University.