Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Introducing Guest Blogger Jason Bent

BentWe are proud to introduce Jason Bent as Workplace Prof Blog's Inaugural Distinguished Guest Blogger.  He'll be blogging with us over the next month or so. 

Jason's practice includes complex commercial and employment litigation in federal and state courts, at both the federal and state level.

Jason's employment litigation experience includes defending an employer against a novel class action brought by the United States EEOC alleging a "pattern or practice" of sexual harassment in the workplace. Jason has represented a number of employers against discrimination claims before the EEOC and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Jason has also represented an employer in connection with a Department of Labor audit of the employer's wage and overtime payment practices under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Prior to forming Smith & Bent, Jason was an associate at Foley & Lardner, LLP. Before entering private practice, Jason clerked for Judge Cornelia Kennedy of the Sixth Circuit, and for Judge Joan Gottschall in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Jason received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School (2000), where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also served as Notes Editor of the Michigan Law Review. He earned his B.A. in Economics (1997) from Grinnell College.

Jason is the author of Systemic Harassment (forthcoming Tennessee L. Rev. 2009) and What the Lilly Ledbetter Act Doesn’t Do: “Discrete Acts” and the Future of Pattern or Practice Litigation (Rutgers Law Record 2009).  He serves on the Editorial Board of The Labor Lawyer.

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