Labor & Employment Counseling

Lewis Rice provides labor and employment counseling for numerous educational institutions, including one of St. Louis’ largest public school districts, one of the area’s oldest and highest performing private schools, and top-ranked private and public universities. Our attorneys have successfully represented these clients in state and federal courts regarding matters such as:

  • Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, ERISA, the FMLA, the PDA, and state anti-discrimination statutes
  • Representations before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and local civil rights agencies, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Advising on day-to-day employment issues
  • Reduction in force planning and implementation
  • Faculty and staff termination issues, including wrongful discharge claims, severance contracts and benefits, and non-competition disputes
  • Union matters, including collective bargaining
  • Employee benefit and performance counseling
  • Immigration issues

Our attorneys enable schools to take proactive steps to avoid litigation. We help them encourage an open and productive workplace, draft and modify employee handbooks and personnel policies, and resolve employee disputes at mediation whenever possible.