We counsel and represent employers across the country in the breadth of employment litigation and administrative hearings involving claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, unfair labor practices, covenants not to compete and protection of confidential and trade secret information.
We appear regularly in state and federal courts and before governmental administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Labor Relations Board, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and their state and local counterparts when applicable.
- Handle allegations involving cutting-edge issues such as sexual orientation discrimination for a national vehicle manufacturer. Lathrop & Gage represents this client, one of the world’s largest automakers, in the 30+ states where it has manufacturing facilities with regard to labor and employment issues, class actions and complex litigation.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a variety store chain in an age-discrimination case. The court ruled that our client did not engage in age discrimination when it terminated two of the highest-paid executives along with a number of other individuals as part of a reduction in force, nor did it breach its employment contracts with these individuals when it refused to pay certain expenses that were not earned prior to the executives’ termination.
- Opposing class-action claims in an employment matter for a major telecommunications company. An employee claimed other employees were improperly accessing sexually-explicit photos, some of which were of her, stored on a company server and the company was not properly protecting customer information.
- Achieved summary judgment on behalf of a major motorcycle manufacturer in a lawsuit involving claims under the Family Medical Leave Act and race, gender and retaliatory discrimination following the plaintiff’s termination from the company. The decision was affirmed by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Resolved a high-stakes case with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration involving our client, an excavating company, which experienced a trench collapse that killed one of its employees. We worked with OSHA to reduce the fines and obtain settlement terms that allowed the company to remain in business. The number of serious citations was reduced as part of the settlement process, and two of the seven citations were withdrawn.