Sarah C. Yerger
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D.
  • Juniata College, B.A.
  • University of Barcelona (study abroad program)

Practice Area

Recognitions

  • Lynette Norton Award, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession, (2014)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Central Penn Business Journal, Women of Influence Award (2017)
  • Excellence in Public Service Award, Widener University Commonwealth Law School (2016)
  • Women of the Year, The Legal Intelligencer (2014)
  • MS Leadership Class of 2013
  • YWCA Woman of Excellence Award (2012)
  • Spirit of the Heart Award (2008)
  • Women Who Care Award, The Open Stage of Harrisburg Education Department (2010)
  • Government Lawyer of the Year, Pennsylvania Bar Association (2005)
  • American Heart Association, Capital Region Division, Volunteer of the Year (2003)

Expertise & Certification

  • U.S. Middle District of Pennsylvania, certified mediator

Memberships

  • Human Resource Professionals of Central Pennsylvania, board member
  • James S. Bowman American Inns of Court, past president
  • Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter, past president
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, co-chair, Commission on Women in the Profession; Government Lawyer's Committee
  • Inn of Court Third Circuit Advisory Committee

Presentations

  • "NLRB Update", Barley Snyder Employment Law Seminar (May 2019)
  • "Human Resources Essential Resources (For the Emerging HR Professional),” HRP of CPA Fall Conference (October 2018)
  • "Marijuana in the Workplace," HRP of CPA Fall Conference (October 2018)
  • “Representing Clients before the PHRC — Respondent’s Perspective,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute (October 2018)
  • “Nuts & Bolts of Employment Law,” Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association Webinar (September 2018)
  • "Time's Up for Sexual Harassment in Hospitality," Keystone Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PR&LA) (July 2018)
  • “Time’s Up for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Creating a Culture of Respect and Inclusion," Association of Corporate Counsel's (ACC) Central Pennsylvania Chapter (April 2018)
  • "Time's Up for Sexual Harassment in Hospitality: Creating a Culture of Respect & Inclusion,” PR&LA Chapter Meetings (2018)
  • “Keep Calm and Carry On: Corporate Management in the Social Media Age," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) of Central Pennsylvania (May 2015)
  • "A Few Good Men: Developing and Presenting Your Case," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (August 2014)

Community Involvement

  • Widener Law Commonwealth Advisory Board, member
  • American Heart Association, Capital Region Division, former board member and past president
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal School, former board of directors
  • Dauphin County Children and Youth Gift Program, coordinator
  • Civics Alliance Program, team leader
  • Widener University Mentoring Program, volunteer
  • Bowman Inn of Court community outreach coordinator
  • PBA WIP Mentoring Program

Sarah C. Yerger

Of Counsel(717) 231-6612
syerger@barley.com
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Twenty-five years of experience in employment and labor law and litigation has equipped Sarah with a wide range of knowledge and abilities to effectively advise both her public and private-sector clients in local, state and federal courts in addition to administrative matters before the EEOC, PHRC, PLRB, and NLRB. She routinely handles litigation in the federal district courts in both the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. She has litigated commercial disputes, licensing issues, regulatory concerns and employment-related matters. She is also certified as an appointed mediator in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

She serves as both a litigator and counselor, advising clients in matters such as:

  • Labor negotiations, arbitration and other union disputes
  • Employment discrimination and harassment litigation
  • Non-compete and other restrictive covenant litigation
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance and litigation
  • Wage and hour compliance and litigation
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Statutory and regulatory compliance
  • Business torts
  • Unfair competition
  • Fraud and consumer fraud statutes
  • Government program litigation
  • Workplace investigations
  • Staff training
  • Right-to-Know Law counseling and compliance

Before moving into private practice, Sarah worked as an attorney in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Litigation Division for more than 13 years. She also worked as the attorney general’s Right-to-Know Law Appeals Officer, giving her a deep-seeded knowledge of the law that allows her to advise her public and private-sector clients on Right-to-Know issues.

Her community service is a string of successes and honors throughout central Pennsylvania. In 2017 she was named a “Woman of Influence” by the Central Penn Business Journal and in 2016 her law school alma mater Widener University Commonwealth Law School honored her with its Excellence in Public Service Award. The Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2014 awarded her the Lynette Norton Award for excellence in litigation and for mentoring female attorneys.

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