Homer L. Walton
Homer is a shareholder with the firm and defends clients against claims alleging sexual harassment, employment discrimination based on age, race, sex, religion, national origin, handicap or disability and retaliation in violation of local, state and federal laws. Homer is a Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group and a member of the Litigation Department.
Homer has helped clients with matters related to the following laws.
- The National and PA Labor Relations Acts
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Sections 1981 through 1980 of Title 42 of the United States Code
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
- The Fair Labor Standards Act
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act
- The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law
- The Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act
- The Pennsylvania Equal Pay Law
- The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act
- The Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Act
- Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act
- The WARN Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Homer has extensive experience representing clients in cases filed with the United States Department of Labor, Pennsylvania Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. Homer has had hundreds of cases dismissed by these administrative agencies. He also has been engaged in numerous mediations before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and attended fact-finding conferences before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) where he successfully negotiated the resolution of numerous cases.
Homer has successfully litigated cases in both state and federal courts. He has also participated in the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania mandatory Alternative Dispute Resolution program where he has been successful in resolving employment related complaints.
The Federal Bar Association has certified Homer as a Mediator, particularly in the area of labor and employment.
Homer also represents both public and private employers with unionized workforces. He counsels his clients regarding the administering of disciplinary actions, drafting of Loudermill hearing letters, attendance at Loudermill hearings, as well as, providing representation of his clients at labor arbitration hearings and appeals to the Court of Common Pleas.
In addition to presenting seminars on various employment related issues, Homer also provides training to his clients’ management staff regarding hiring, firing, preparing performance evaluations, drafting performance improvement plans, documenting and administering discipline.
Homer also prepares and reviews Employee Handbooks that are an essential part of every employer’s business. Homer ensures that his clients’ Employee Handbooks remain current and consistent with applicable laws.
Homer’s practice also includes representing clients at unemployment compensation hearings before unemployment compensation referees as well as representation on appeal before the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the firm, Homer was a manager at United Parcel Service where he spent 21 years gaining practical experience in resolving employment and labor-related issues. He was responsible for resolution of labor disputes at the local level and participated in panel and arbitration hearings. Homer’s practical experience in a labor-intensive environment combined with his legal knowledge enables him to resolve employment disputes using strong legal analysis combined with creative ideas and techniques.
Areas of Practice: Labor and Employment
Articles and Presentations: Homer has presented numerous seminars and written various short articles on employment and labor relations matters.
Honors and Awards: Homer was selected for inclusion as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer®. Homer received the 2014 Men of Excellence award by the New Pittsburgh Courier.
Memberships and Activities: Homer is a board member for Breathe Pennsylvania and Auberle. He is also a member of the Northside Rotary Club. Homer is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and National Bar Associations.
Jurisdictions: Homer is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Education and Background: Homer received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984, and his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 1988.