Our Labor & Employment Group represents both employees and employers in all types of employment disputes, including state and federal court actions, administrative charges and hearings, arbitrations, class and collective actions, and informal mediations. Our clients in this area operate in a wide range of industries, such as health care, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, not-for-profit and academic institutions, and in the public sector. Our key to success is the depth and breadth of our team’s experience combined with our ability to collaborate with attorneys from other practice groups within the firm.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
We regularly represent clients in litigation involving a variety of claims, including employment discrimination of all kinds, sexual and other types of harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, wage and hour disputes, family and medical leave, breach of contract, non-competitions agreements, emotional distress, and negligence. Our lawyers have appeared before state and federal courts, state and local human rights agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, OHSA, arbitration panels, and various administrative tribunals. We also offer clients the resources to handle employment class actions and other complex litigation matters.
Counseling, Training, and Risk Avoidance
Our lawyers also counsel and train employers on the most effective litigation avoidance practices. We keep our clients informed of the latest developments in labor and employment law, which is constantly changing and varies by locale. By working as a team with our clients, we help ensure compliance. Our efforts enable them to limit, and sometimes completely avoid, exposure to liability in costly lawsuits and government audits. With this goal in mind, our employment lawyers are dedicated to reviewing and advising clients on their employment and pay policies and practices. Our efforts include assistance with drafting and implementing employment policies and procedures; preparing employment, non-competition and severance agreements; training supervisors, managers, and human resource professionals on employment law compliance; and audits of overtime and other pay practices. We tailor our services to the individual needs of each client.
Internal Investigations and Employee Relations
Our lawyers’ accessibility, guidance, and advice enable our clients to address workplace problems in “real time.” We conduct internal investigations for clients when a workplace incident has occurred that requires a thorough and confidential investigation. The speed with which an employer responds to workplace problems, and how effectively it remedies them, frequently determines whether a lawsuit is filed and the resulting liability exposure.
Our clients rely upon our Labor & Employment Group for responsive representation in connection with:
- Employment Contracts
- Discipline & Internal Investigations
- Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation
- Employee Data, Monitoring & Privacy
- Employment Litigation
- Health & Safety
- Leave Law
- Policies & Procedures
- Recruitment & Hiring
- Restrictive Covenants, Confidentiality & IP
- Termination, Layoffs & Plant Closings
- Wage & Hour Law
- Unemployment Compensation
- Public Accommodations