Even before COVID-19, litigation of employment laws was on the rise. New types of claims around pay equity, diversity, harassment, and discrimination were the expected result of widespread legislation that expanded the scope of employment laws, and extended them to more protected classes.
Our experienced Employment Litigation group defends employers of all sizes and sectors against these claims and advises employers on how to prevent them. We have successfully litigated cases involving virtually every aspect of the employment relationship, and represented clients before judges, juries, arbitrators, and administrative agencies throughout the United States. And as the wave of COVID-19-related litigation continues to rise, we’re handling all manner of new claims around return to work, company restructuring, and benefits.
Focusing on What Matters
Our approach to litigation is entirely practical, based on the needs and resources of the employers we represent. Our clients count on us to separate what matters from what’s superfluous, and to defend their interests while working within their financial and operational constraints. We help them assess the real-world business consequences of litigation, and plan accordingly.
Interpreting New Legislation
In employment law, the legislative landscape is constantly shifting, and failure to comply with each new rule can attract the attention of the plaintiffs’ bar, too often leading to ruinous class actions. Especially for employers with nationwide footprints, the rules from state to state are imprecise and difficult to interpret. We help employers navigate the gray areas, and when litigation occurs, we defend them in all jurisdictions.
Willingness to Go to Trial
Our reputation in the courtroom precedes us. While employment lawsuits do not often go to trial, there is nonetheless a clear advantage to having a law firm prepared to do so. Plaintiffs’ groups nationwide know us well, and they afford us the sort of deference that encourages settlements and prevents trials.