Our labor and employment practice group represents management in employment-related litigation in federal and state courts in actions involving Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, ERISA, the FMLA, the PDA, state anti-discrimination statutes, and various state law theories, such as wrongful discharge claims and non-competition disputes. Our representation includes defending against individual and class actions in various courts throughout the country. We also represent employers before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as state and local civil rights agencies, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
We have a broad experience base in representing and advising employers in all aspects of labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations, union avoidance, unfair labor practice charges, unlawful union activities, and labor arbitrations. Our labor and employment attorneys provide consultation to clients on various day-to-day employment issues, and we also conduct on-site seminars for clients on relevant employment topics, such as the 2009 amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations. Our clients include large and small manufacturers, banks, hospitals, insurance companies, universities, newspapers, construction companies, service providers, television stations, and a number of other businesses. We also provide services to businesses and individuals on immigration-related matters.
The primary areas of our practice include:
We defend employers in wrongful discharge lawsuits alleging various theories such as discharges in violation of employment contracts and/or public policy, retaliatory discharges (based on whistle blowing, safety-related activities, or exercising rights under workers’ compensation laws, etc.), interference with employment contracts, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Our practice also includes working with employers to take proactive steps to avoid litigation by assisting clients in drafting and modifying employee handbooks and personnel policies, evaluating workforce reduction programs for compliance with EEO requirements and other statutory obligations, such as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act. We assist federal contractor clients with drafting and maintaining affirmative action programs, as required by Executive Order 11246.
Our attorneys are experienced in both drafting contractual provisions governing trade secrets, non-solicitation, and non-competition and providing ongoing consultation to employers and employees concerning their rights and obligations with respect to customers, suppliers, and trade secrets under existing contracts.
We have a wide range of experience in collective bargaining negotiations in multiple industries including: healthcare and hospitals, social agency and nonprofit or tax exempt organizations, broadcast and media, janitorial, maintenance, construction, manufacturing, municipalities and governments, and other service industries.
Our attorneys have also defended employers in hundreds of arbitration hearings and grievance matters on issues such as discharge, discipline, and contract interpretation.