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  • EDUCATION+
    • Tulane University Law School
      Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2013
    • University of Pennsylvania
      Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Anthropology, 2010
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • CLERKSHIP+

Rebecca Sha, an associate in the New Orleans office, practices in the area of Labor & Employment. She focuses on wage and hour disputes as well as defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims for age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, and other protected categories.

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Rebecca Sha, an associate in the New Orleans office, practices in the area of Labor & Employment. She focuses on wage and hour disputes as well as defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims for age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, and other protected categories.

As part of her practice, she represents public and private clients in a wide array of industries including hospitality, oil and gas, education, and health care. She also counsels management on general employment matters including employment policies, drug-testing, termination, leave policy, accommodations, waivers and releases of employment claims, as well as the classification of employees for the payment of minimum wage and overtime.

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, Rebecca worked for a New Orleans law firm in commercial general litigation including defending and advising clients in labor and employment disputes. During law school, she interned for the Honorable Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana as well as clerked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Practice Focus

Experience

  • Represented companies in discrimination claims associated with reduction in force.
  • Defended a housing company against collective action complaint alleging violation of federal minimum wage and overtime requirements.
  • Represented employers against administrative complaints with the EEOC of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Drafted employment agreements and employment termination agreements that are compliant with the ADEA and OWBPA.
  • Reviewed and updated work place policies and handbook.
  • Counseled employers on compliance with the ADA, the FMLA, and PDA, including matters related to employees who have been injured or sick and require reasonable accommodations such as light duty or leave.
  • Counseled employers on employee wage payment and overtime issues relating to exempt and nonexempt employees.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Leadership Class 2015-2016)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Minorities in the Profession Committee, Young Lawyer Division, Association for Women Advocates (AWA), Member)
  • Antidefamation League (ADL) (Glass Leadership Institute, Class Member 2017-2018)
  • Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans (EPNO) (Arts and Culture Committee, Liaison 2017-2018, Education and Youth Development Committee, Member 2016-2017)
  • Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) (40 Under 40 Cohort, 2017-2018)
  • Young Leadership Council (YLC) (YLC Assists and Volunteer in the Arts, 2015-2018)

Recognition

  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2019

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2013
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Anthropology, 2010

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Represented companies in discrimination claims associated with reduction in force.
  • Defended a housing company against collective action complaint alleging violation of federal minimum wage and overtime requirements.
  • Represented employers against administrative complaints with the EEOC of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
  • Drafted employment agreements and employment termination agreements that are compliant with the ADEA and OWBPA.
  • Reviewed and updated work place policies and handbook.
  • Counseled employers on compliance with the ADA, the FMLA, and PDA, including matters related to employees who have been injured or sick and require reasonable accommodations such as light duty or leave.
  • Counseled employers on employee wage payment and overtime issues relating to exempt and nonexempt employees.
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Leadership Class 2015-2016)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Minorities in the Profession Committee, Young Lawyer Division, Association for Women Advocates (AWA), Member)
  • Antidefamation League (ADL) (Glass Leadership Institute, Class Member 2017-2018)
  • Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans (EPNO) (Arts and Culture Committee, Liaison 2017-2018, Education and Youth Development Committee, Member 2016-2017)
  • Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) (40 Under 40 Cohort, 2017-2018)
  • Young Leadership Council (YLC) (YLC Assists and Volunteer in the Arts, 2015-2018)
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2019