City of Philadelphia: Labor and Employment Unit
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Labor and Employment Unit

Nicole S. Morris, Chief Deputy City Solicitor

Nicole received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After law school, she represented the New Jersey Department of Corrections and Parole Board as a Deputy Attorney General in the Department of Public Safety, Division of Law. After leaving the Attorney General’s Office in 2005, she worked for Dechert LLP in the Mass Tort and Products Liability Department, managing teams of attorneys in large-scale document productions.

In April 2007, she joined the Civil Rights Unit for the City of Philadelphia Law Department as an Assistant City Solicitor and tried cases to a jury in both state and federal court. In March 2010, she transferred to the Labor & Employment Unit of the Department and became the chief in 2015. In her role as chief, Nicole supervises attorneys and support staff in the representation of management in federal and state court litigation, before the Civil Service Commission, the American Arbitration Association, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.

The Labor and Employment Unit deals with the many employment issues affecting the City’s large and diverse workforce. Lawyers in the Unit represent the City and its departments in federal and state courts in discrimination lawsuits under Title VII, and other pertinent federal and state statutes and local ordinances, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Practices Ordinance. Unit lawyers represent the City in the agency proceedings that precede the lawsuits. In addition, the unit handles suits against the City before the Civil Service Commission and in grievance arbitrations by unions. Unit lawyers represent the City as well as at the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board against union unfair labor practices and other labor matters. An important aspect of the unit’s practice is counseling the City’s human resources professionals and others in matters involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Family Medical Leave Act and the ADA, among others.
Phone: 215-683-5075
Fax: 215-683-5099