Dr. Susan R. Fiorentino
Dr. Susan Fiorentino is a Professor in the Management Department at West Chester University where she is currently serving as Coordinator for the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program. Dr. Fiorentino was a founding member of the M.S. in HRM program, and since its inception in 2016, the program has experienced tremendous growth, and was recently named a Top 10 Best Online HRM programs by College Consensus. Prior to her transition to academia, she was a full-time attorney with a practice in employment and labor law, where she represented both employers and employees in personnel matters. Dr. Fiorentino teaches courses related to human resource management, such as Employment and Labor Law, Employee Relations, and Issues of Employee Health in the Workplace. Her research is focused primarily in the area of employment risk management. She maintains a limited law practice, providing employment and labor law counseling to clients. She is actively engaged in the HR community and lectures frequently to HR groups.
- J.D., magna cum laude, Villanova University School of Law
- M.A. in Political Science, Villanova University
- Bar admission, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Bar admission, Supreme Court of New Jersey, District of New Jersey, 2004-2014 (retired).
Area of Expertise
- Employment law
- Labor law
- Risk management
Relevant Professional/Applied Experience
Dr. Fiorentino maintains a limited legal consulting practice in the area of employment and labor law in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Prior to transitioning to academia, she was an associate in the law firm of Gallagher, Shoenfeld, Surkin, Chupein & DeMis in Media, PA, and Fox Rothschild, LLP, in Philadelphia, PA, where she practiced in the area of labor and employment law.
- Adding Sexual Harassment Prevention to the Menu: Sexual Harassment Prevention as a Condition of Food Safety Licensing in the Restaurant Industry with Sandra Tomkowicz, Villanova Law Review, Vol. 67 No. 2, June 2022
- Can Millennials Deliver on Equal Pay? Why the Time is Finally Right for Pay Transparency with Sandra Tomkowicz, Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, Vol. 38, June 2021
- E-Petitions and Protected Concerted Activity: The Millennial Response to Organized Labor? with Sandra Tomkowicz, ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law Vol. 34 No. 1, October, 2019. (15% acceptance rate and ranked #2 law journal in this practice area; readership of 27,000)
- Gender Pay Inequality: An Examination of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Six Years Later, Michelle L. Wade and Susan R. Fiorentino, Advancing Women in Leadership Vol. 37, pp. 28-36, June 2017
- Status-Blind Harassment and The Faragher Model: A Comprehensive Managerial Response to Workplace Bullying, Sandra M. Tomkowicz and Susan R. Fiorentino, Southern Law Journal Vol. XXVII No. 1, pp. 1-34, Spring 2017 (Awarded Best Paper for Vol. XXVII)
- Book Chapter: To Screen, or Not to Screen: What Employers Should (and Shouldn’t) Find Out About Prospective Employees in Avoiding Legal Landmines when Screening Job Applicants, PBI No. 2016-9027, The Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, January 2016, with Ronald H. Surkin.
Professional and Community Engagement
- Faculty HR Coordinator, College of Business, spring 2017-present
- Committee member, Strategic Management Committee, spring 2017-present
- Committee member, Graduate Curriculum Management Committee, spring 2017-present
- Committee member, Teaching Excellence Committee, fall 2019-present
- Member, Graduate Council, spring 2017-present
Service to community boards and organizations:
- Chester County Women’s Commission, Chair, Nominating Committee, December, 2020-current
- Chester County Women’s Commission, Committee Member, #ChescoActs, December 2018-current
- Past-president, Chester County Women’s Commission, July 2019-July 2020
- Board Member, Chair of Human Resources Committee, Safe Harbor of Chester County, August 2017-August 2020.
Classes Regularly Taught
- HRM 602 Employment Law & Labor Relations
- HRM 608 Issues of Employee Health in the Workplace
- HRM 699 Capstone Seminar in Human Resource Management