As a member at Cozen O'Connor, Peter J. Ennis represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies involving such claims as sexual harassment, race, sex, age and disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, and breaches of covenants not to compete; cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and ERISA; and various types of injunction proceedings. He has also handled many labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges involving a broad range of contract interpretation and disciplinary issues, including discharges arising from drug and alcohol related offenses, theft, fraud, insubordination, and absenteeism.
His practice includes counseling employers on such diverse personnel-related issues as compliance with discrimination laws, hiring, evaluating and discharging employees, drug and alcohol testing, developing record-keeping and personnel policies and employee handbooks, pay practices and employee benefits, negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, and health and safety issues. He is also responsible for advising employers of their affirmative action obligations, if any, under federal and state law. In this regard, he has drafted and revised affirmative action obligations and assisted clients in responding to OFCCP audits.
As general outside counsel to two nonprofits and special counsel to numerous additional nonprofits, Peter has been involved in a wide range of issues, including reviewing and revising corporate by-laws; training board members on fiduciary obligations; drafting and revising employee handbooks and numerous other policies relating to board members, staff, and clients; succession planning; responding to government claims of misuse of funds and failure to comply with applicable regulations; real estate acquisition and development; obtaining status as an institute of purely public charity under Pennsylvania law; advising and responding to allegations of sexual abuse against clients; custody issues; and determining "in loco parentis" status.
Upon graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur H. Healy of the Supreme Court of Connecticut. He has also been honored by his peers and selected multiple times to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list.