Karen P. Gaster


E kgaster@rubinfortunato.com
P 610.408.2017
F 610.854.4315
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My approach to employment disputes is to streamline, reduce, and resolve. Oftentimes, litigants get lost in protracted litigation, which does nothing more than drive up litigation costs and increase the inevitable personal hard feelings. I believe that reducing the issues to their core and proactively handling the dispute streamlines the process, reduces costs, and resolves the matter more efficiently.


Karen P. Gaster focuses her practice on claims involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, other related labor and employment claims, civil rights violations, and higher education law. Among others, Karen has litigated cases under Title VII, Title IX, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Pay Act, Wage Payment and Collection Law, Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, and the Rehabilitation Act.

Karen also advises employers on the entire employment relationship with their employees, including employment policies and procedures, progressive discipline, and separation of employment.

In addition to her employment law experience, Karen has represented small and large higher education institutions in myriad claims unique to the higher education setting. Those claims include tenure issues, student assault and harassment claims, civil rights claims, and providing advice on the various educational statutes, such as Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Karen handles matters in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration forums (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, and American Arbitration Association), as well as handles federal and state administrative agency proceedings (the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,  the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Office for Civil Rights).

In her free time, she serves on the Board of the Parents Advisory Network, which provides both emotional and financial support to pregnant mothers on hospital bed rest and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Main Line Health system.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, 2009 Employment Law Institute: “Whistleblower Retaliation Claims Under Sarbanes-Oxley”

Awards and Honors

  • Included on the 2017 Super Lawyers list
  • Included on the 2010 through 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars lists

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