Our Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice encompasses the representation of management exclusively in the full range of employment litigation matters that can arise out of the employer-employee relationship, including issues involving:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- The Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981)
- The Equal Pay Act
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Executive Order 11246 (the Contract Compliance Program)
- The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- The Fair Labor Standards Act
- The Occupational Safety and Health Act
- The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (or "ERISA")
- The Family and Medical Leave Act
- The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
- The Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification (or "WARN") Act
- The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
We also handle the full panoply of state and local laws that regulate the workplace.
Our litigators defend individual and class action cases in judicial, administrative, and arbitral forums. We have litigated cases successfully throughout the country with respect to complaints alleging wrongful discharge; breach of employment contract; misclassification of individuals as independent contractors; theft of trade secrets; breach of confidentiality and non-compete agreements; workplace violence; negligent hiring and retention; product and consumer boycotts; discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability/handicap, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, compensation and benefits; and virtually any other matter relating to the relationship between employers and their applicants, employees, and former employees. We also have extensive experience successfully litigating cases of libel, slander, defamation, assault and battery, false arrest, and any other issue that arises out of or relates to the employment relationship.
All EBG offices are managed by partners who have experience with jury and non-jury trial litigation, most of whom have come to us from the Office of the U.S. Attorneys or other departments within the U.S. Justice and Labor Departments, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or National Labor Relations Board, or have otherwise garnered substantial experience in litigation matters.
EBG has an extraordinarily long history and high volume of employment litigation experience in each of its offices. We pride ourselves on the efficiency of our efforts in this regard. There are few types of employment claims we have not seen and, as all of our offices are interconnected by database and word and data processing systems, all of our attorneys take advantage of our collective experience. We have research and forms for most litigation situations, which can be tailored economically to our clients' needs in particular circumstances. The number of highly experienced labor and employment attorneys in EBG offices around the country enables us to provide our clients with assistance in virtually every aspect of labor, employment and ERISA law or litigation at a moment's notice.
Because we are well established as employment litigators nationwide, we have relationships with counsel across the country prominent in the employment law area representing employers, which have taken many years to develop. Our clients reap immediate and substantial benefits from these relationships. Likewise, we are familiar on a nationwide basis with counsel representing employees and our other adversaries, and our experience and track record are well known to them. This often proves helpful in effecting expeditious resolution of matters that can be adjudicated amicably.
EBG has developed "model" responses to EEOC/state and local human rights deferral agency charges and complaints, which are easily adaptable for use in virtually every jurisdiction. If a client so desires, we will provide them with these models so that they may utilize their internal resources to fashion a draft response using the model format. We will then edit and refine the draft, as appropriate, into a final form. We pride ourselves on the efficiency of our efforts in this regard.