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Jenna Bedsole represents employers in a broad range of employment matters, including the defense of cases under federal and state discrimination laws, and the enforcement of non-compete agreements.

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Transgender Individuals in the Workplace September 27, 2016
Compliance with U.S. Employment Laws March 24, 2016
2015 FLSA Changes Webinar: How to Plan, Budget and Prepare July 6, 2015

Featured Experience

Successfully negotiated resolution of individual wage and hour law claim when employer failed to appropriately classify the employee.

Successfully defended employer in a RICO and collective action case.

Defeated EEOC in a same-sex harassment and retaliation case for a petroleum recycling company on a motion for summary judgment and the EEOC withdrew its appeal.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Bedsole is a shareholder in the Birmingham office and leads the Firm's Labor & Employment Group. With the recent increase of wage and hour law cases, she has defended employers successfully in both single plaintiff cases and collective actions.

Ms. Bedsole is originally from Montreal. She advises U.S. companies with U.S. workers in foreign jurisdictions about the effect of U.S. law on those workers, and advises foreign companies in the U.S. on compliance with U.S. labor and employment laws. Ms. Bedsole conducts management and employee training relating to employment issues in the workplace, drafts handbooks and employment agreements, provides policy review and regularly counsels employers to ensure compliance with applicable employment and labor laws.

Ms. Bedsole also represents educational institutions and school boards regarding issues with the Teacher Tenure Act, the Fair Dismissal Act, No Child Left Behind, the IDEA, due process proceedings, special education, FERPA issues, truancy proceedings, attendance zoning and the First Amendment. She has defended education clients before the EEOC, the Office of Civil Rights and FMCS Arbitrators.

Ms. Bedsole is also a registered mediator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully negotiated resolution of individual wage and hour law claim when employer failed to appropriately classify the employee.

  • Successfully defended employer in a RICO and collective action case.

  • Defeated EEOC in a same-sex harassment and retaliation case for a petroleum recycling company on a motion for summary judgment and the EEOC withdrew its appeal.

  • After employees left and began their own defense contracting company, successfully represented new entity against multi-billion dollar former defense contractor-employer who was intent on crushing the small business. 

  • Won jury trial in an age discrimination case on behalf of a media company. 

  • Won jury trial in race discrimination case for a national movie theater company.

  • Won jury trial in an age discrimination claim for computer software company which included successfully demonstrating after-acquired evidence.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a publicly traded energy company for allegations of sexual harassment, race discrimination and retaliation.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a school district in a case filed by the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program alleging violations of § 504.

  • Served as lead counsel in a trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty claim against a former employee of a major regional petroleum products distributor. Successfully argued to temporarily restrain and then preliminarily enjoin the former employee from soliciting client's customers. Obtained civil contempt sanctions against the former employee for violating the temporary restraining order. Negotiated settlement in favor of the client against the employee and his subsequent employer to compensate employer for theft of its trade secrets.

  • Served as co-counsel in a trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty claim representing a heavy machinery distributor. Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the rogue former vice president of sales and his competing company. The rogue former employee and his competing company conspired with a Chinese-based manufacturer to steal trade secrets. On the eve of trial, the rogue former employee and his company declared bankruptcy. Ultimately, due to the successful litigation, the court entered a $13.1 million default judgment against the Chinese-based manufacturer.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2015 in Labor and Employment Litigation; Employment Law - Management
  • Listed in Birmingham Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" (2019)
  • Named by Birmingham magazine as one of "Birmingham's Top Attorneys" in Employment Law (2014 – 2015)
  • Recipient of the Alabama State Bar's Edward M. Patterson Servant Leadership Award (2018)
  • Named by B-Metro Magazine as a "Top Flight Attorney" (2018)
  • Named by B-Metro Magazine as one of "Birmingham's Top Women Lawyers" (2015 – 2018)
  • Recipient – Birmingham Business Journal's 2015 Women to Watch Award
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Labor & Employment (2014 – 2018); listed as one of the top 50 female attorneys (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Listed in Alabama Rising Stars, Labor & Employment (2011)
  • Recipient of the Susan E. Rich Women's Initiative Award (2015)
  • Named by National Diversity Council as one of the "Top 15 Business Women in Alabama" (2015)
  • Chairwoman – Women's Business Council
  • Member – Alabama Bar Association
    • 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Task Force (2018 – 2019)
    • Leadership Forum (inaugural class)
    • Former Member – MCLE Committee
    • Former Member – Mentoring Task Force
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association
    • Women's Section
    • Long Range Planning Committee
    • Federal Court Practice Task Force
    • Board of Directors – Birmingham Bar Foundation
  • Member – Economic Development Association of Alabama
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Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1993, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Alabama, 1997
  • Alabama State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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