The firm's Labor & Employment Law Department represents public and private sector clients on a variety of legal issues. It has a reputation for aggressively and successfully defending clients in lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, discrimination/harassment, sexual orientation harassment, whistle blowing, race and national origin discrimination, and disability discrimination. The Department works closely with clients to attempt to resolve these difficult and complex cases in a cost-effective and expeditious manner.
The Department has built an impressive record of having lawsuits dismissed prior to trial. In problematic cases, it has successfully used mediation to resolve them early in the litigation. The ability and willingness to take these kinds of cases to trial, however, remains essential to the successful representation of our clients.
The Department also provides clients with day-to-day advice and counsel on employment law-related matters, including those involving discrimination/harassment investigations, wage and hour disputes, family and medical leave, Americans with Disabilities Act questions, and general personnel/discipline problems. The Department also drafts employee handbooks, personnel guidelines and other policies for our clients. It represents clients on claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Labor Commissioner, the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, and the Office for Civil Rights.
Finally, the Department conducts training seminars for employers in all aspects of employment law, including seminars for managers and employees on topics such as sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, disciplining employees, performing interviews and performance reviews.