Tiffanie C. Benfer

Tiffanie C. Benfer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Doylestown, PA

Hardwick Benfer, LLC
 | 179 N Broad Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-230-1912
Fax: 215-230-1913
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2014, 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%)
Attorney Profile

Tiffanie C. Benfer represents clients in all areas of employment discrimination, including issues related to race, gender/sex, national origin, pregnancy, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, and wage and hour matters under the FLSA. She also counsels both employees and employers on employment issues, severance agreements, and non-competition agreements. Tiffanie has successfully brought and defended claims in the federal and state courts of Pennsylvania and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Tiffanie is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section of the ABA, National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Bucks County Bar Association. She has presented CLE programs on employment law, discovery of electronically stored information and the use of social media in litigation.

About Tiffanie Benfer

Admitted: 2006, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.hardwickbenfer.com/tiffanie-benfer/

Honors/Awards:

  • Heuisler Honor Society, University of Baltimore, 2003
  • Excellence in Clinical Education Award, University of Baltimore, 2003

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate of Completion - The Training Institute for Workplace Investigators, 2016
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Certificate for Completing the Trials Skills Program, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2014
  • Admitted to the United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • Admitted to the United State District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 2003
  • Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, 2006

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presented CLE programs at the Bucks Co. Bar Association on the following topics: Discovery of Electronically Stored information and The Use of Social Network Sites in Litigation., 2011
  • Presented a CLE program at the Bucks Co. Bar Association titled How to Recognize a Valid Employment Discrimination Claim & What to do About it , 2008
  • Presented a CLE at the Bucks Co. Bar Assoc. titled Discovery of Electronically Stored Information, Presenter, 2012
  • The paper discussed employees' protections or lack thereof under the state laws that have legalized marijeruana, Author, Budding Issue: Do the State Laws Legalizing Medical Marijuana Provide Job Protection?, ABA, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, Labor And Employment Law Section, 2015
  • The paper discussed the history of sex-plus claims and why “sex-plus” discrimination is “ultimately premised on sex” and therefore should be analyzed like any sex discrimination claim under Title VII, Author, The Gross Decision Does Not Impact the Analysis of Sex-Plus Age Discrimination Claims, ABA, Labor And Employment Law Section, 2014
  • The panel addressed the multiple strategic and practical complications that arise when an employee claims discrimination on multiple bases, including: Are employee's claims weakened or enhanced when the emplyee raises mulitple claims? What is the status of "sex plus" and similar theories of discrimination? Does an employee risk losing on all claims if the jury cannot find that any one type of discrimination was the "but for" cause of the adverse job action? Should employers handle these mulitple claims any differently?, Panelist, Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Disability Discrimination, 8th Annual Labor And Employment Conference, ABA, 2014
  • The panel discussed under what circumstances FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation must all be considered by the parties , Panelist, Detangling the Web of FMLA, ADA and Workers' Compensation, Annual Bench Bar Conference, Bucks County Bar Assoc., 2013
  • The panel discussed state laws that protect employee privacy in the workplace, Panelist, Navigating the Everglades: A Survey of State Laws Protecting Worker Privacy, ABB, ERR Midwinter Meeting, Labor And Employment Law Section, 2013
  • The panel discussed what to do when employees raise employment concerns through the employer's internal reporting mechanisms while at the same time using engaged counsel.  This can create a sticky wicket for corporate clients - and in-house counsel.  The panel reviewed ABA Model Rule of Professinal Conduct Rule 4.2 that addresses communicating with represented parties and discussed how attorneys must be mindful of their obligation under this rule and the advice they give their clients on communicating with represented employees, Panelist, How to Manage Internal Communications with a Represented Party, ABA 10th Annual Labor And Employment Law Conference, 2016
  • The panel discussed employees' protections or lack thereof under the state laws that have legalized marijuana, Panelist, Takin' It to the States: A Look at Budding Issues from State Laws Legalizing Marijuana, 2015, ABA, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, Labor And Employment Law Section, 2015
  • The panel discussed how advances in technology have enabled more and more employees to perform job duties outside of the traditional "workplace." As a result, employers may find themselves in need of policies that effectively address issues that may be implicated when an employee performs a substantial amount of work remotely.  From performance management challenges, to ADA accommodation issues, to compensable time questions under the FLSA, remote work often adds a layer of complexity to the employer-employee dynamic and to legal questions regarding employment, Panelist, Effectively Managing Remote Work, 9th Annual Labor And Employment Conference, ABA, 2015
  • The paper discussed compliance with Rule 4.2 during internal investigations, Author, Navigating Compliance with Rule 4.2 During Internal Investigations, ABA 10th Annual Labor And Employment Law Conference, 2016
  • The panel addressed the rise of drug addiction and its impact on the workforce.  In particular, the panel discussed how the ADA's treatment of drug addiction issues is complex - status as an addict is protected, current use of drugs is not, an addict in rehab may be protected, and a casual user of drugs is not protected by the law. The panel also discussed how the courts applied these principles and made these distincitons in real cases to determine whether an employee with an alcohol or substance problem get statutory protection, Panelist, Addiction under the ADA, ABA 11th Annual Labor And Employment Conference, 2017
  • The panel discussed the rise of drug addiction and its impact on the workforce.  In particular, the panel discussed how the ADA's treatment of drug addiction issues is complex - status as an addict is protected, current use of drugs is not, an addict in rehab may be protected, and a casual user of drugs is not protected by the law. The panel also discussed how the courts applied these principles and made these distincitons in real cases to determine whether an employee with an alcohol or substance problem get statutory protection , Speaker, 35th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. & Edwin R. Render Labor And Employment Law Institute, 2018
  • The paper discussed the use of public policy in wrongful termination cases from the employee perspective, Author, Public Policy Exception Can Be an Employee's Friend, ABA Labor And Employment Law Section, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, 2017
  • The panel discussed state laws and the status of at-will employment, Panelist, The Status of Employment At-Will: So Many Exceptions, So Little Time, ABA Labor And Employment Law Section, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, 2017

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Graham v. Hendrix ISA. This pregnancy discrimination case settled for a confidential amount after successfully opposing Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment, 2017
  • Fleck v. Wilmac Corpet al. This disability/FMLA case settled for a confidential amount after successfully opposing Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment, 2012
  • Diaz v. Saucon Valley Manor, Inc. et al. - Jury Verdict for Plaintiff on FMLA and ADA Claims, 2013
  • Sacavage v. Rite Aid, Inc. This age discrimination case settled for a confidential amount after successfully opposing Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment, 2017

Educational Background:

  • Dickinson College, B.A. (Policy Management Studies and American Studies), 1994
Office Location for Tiffanie C. Benfer

179 N Broad Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

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Last Updated: 12/19/2018

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