Employment Litigation/Administrative Hearings

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.

Representative Experience:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Achieved voluntarily dismissal with prejudice in Jackson County, Missouri, for publicly traded consumer products company in case where former maintenance employee charged age discrimination, workers’ compensation retaliation and COBRA violations.
  • Obtained complete dismissals by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of our client, a publicly traded, multi-billion-dollar company.
  • Prevailed for a publicly traded financial services client in a contested appeal before the Oregon Employment Department, convincing the hearing officer to overturn the lower decision, which we argued had erroneously awarded benefits to a terminated agent.
  • Successfully resolved various federal and state law claims actions against a manufacturing company client, arising from the alleged misclassification of approximately 50 individuals who were treated by the client as independent contractors. We negotiated a class-wide settlement for a fraction of the plaintiff’s opening demand before discovery or class certification.
  • Represented several manufacturing and food service industry clients in Missouri and other states in arbitrations relating to the discharge of employees or the interpretation of work rules.
  • Represent employers in various industries in wage-and-hour collective actions involving claims of misclassification, off-the-clock work, minimum wage, and miscalculation of overtime.