How Charlene Helps Clients
Charlene Gedeus represents private and public employers in labor and employment-related disputes in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, as well as in the arbitral forum. Experienced in both single-plaintiff matters and class actions, her practice includes defending claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, unlawful harassment and hostile work environment claims. Charlene counsels employers from industries as diverse as retail, food service, education and manufacturing.
As a complement to her litigation practice, Charlene also provides extensive pre-litigation day-to-day advice and tailored counseling to employers with the objective of preventing and managing litigation risks. She counsels management and Human Resources personnel on a myriad of employment-related issues, including performance management/discipline, workplace accommodations, FMLA compliance, terminations and employment best practices. Charlene also assists employers in developing and implementing employment policies and programs in accordance with state and federal employment laws.
In 2017, Charlene was named one of Philly Biz’s Women to Watch. Additionally, Charlene has been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® list each year since 2019.
What Clients Can Expect
Charlene prides herself on being responsive and providing candid counseling with plain English advice that clients are able to put into practice with ease. Understanding that litigation is inherently tense, she takes great care to keep her clients well-informed to limit surprises. Her main goal is to collaborate with clients to learn their business, understand their goals and craft practical solutions.
Outside the Office
A native New Yorker of Haitian descent, Charlene enjoys cooking and entertaining, and considers herself a Caribbean Martha Stewart. Charlene is a mother of two boys.
Previously, Charlene served as a law clerk to the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- Secured motion to dismiss in a breach of contract action on behalf of a global luxury fashion and lifestyle brand.
- Won motion to compel arbitration for a global luxury fashion and lifestyle brand in a suit alleging racial discrimination and retaliation claims.
- Won summary judgment on behalf of Drexel University on claims asserted under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA).
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Drexel University in contract matter.
- Successfully defended a national telecommunications company in an arbitration matter involving claims of gender and race discrimination.
- Won summary judgment on behalf of Drexel University on claims asserted under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a large healthcare system in an ADA and FMLA case.
- Represented a national telecommunications company in several arbitrations.
- Successfully defended shareholders and a law firm in a complex FLSA matter.
- Represented a major university in handling federal employment discrimination litigation.
- Successfully defended a national retail company in a ADEA case.
- Represented a national oil company in an FLSA class action for “misclassification” and “off the clock” claims.
New York Law School, J.D., 2010, magna cum laude; Alfred L. Rose Award for Excellence
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, M.P.A., 2005
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, B.A., 2004
- New Jersey
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
American Bar Association, Member
National African American Insurance Association, Member
Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Board Member
National Employment Law Council (2017 Fellow)
Defense Research Institute, Member (2015-2016)
New York Civil Liberties Union, Board Member (2012 – 2014)
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow (2022)
Willow Grove YMCA, Board Member
Received certificate of appreciation for participation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Attorney Panel for Pro Se Prisoner Civil Rights cases
Committed to social justice, Charlene was selected as the 2009 New York Law School Racial Justice Project Amicus Fellow and later served as a Volunteer Attorney with the Racial Justice Project, where she drafted an amicus curiae filed with the District of Columbia Circuit in Shelby v. Holder et al., and co-authored "Unshared Bounty: How Structural Racism Contributes to The Creation and Persistence of Food Deserts."
- Haitian Creole