Managing the ever-changing workplace is a relentless but achievable challenge. As unemployment grows so do individual suits, and class actions continue to be filed at a record pace.

Our Labor and Employment team can help you resolve present challenges, anticipate future issues and needs, and stay ahead of the curve. Whether it’s ensuring employment law compliance, managing labor issues or litigating single plaintiff or class actions, our team provides creative, practical and timely solutions to clients.

Our clients include a broad range of foreign and domestic corporations, including industrial manufacturers, retailers, nonprofit educational and public institutions, health care organizations, financial services providers and consulting firms. For many of these clients, we serve as national counsel for labor and employment matters, especially in the retail and financial services industries.

Labor and Employment

The core of our practice focuses on:

Wage and Hour Class Actions

We have one of the nation’s premier wage and hour class action practices, and have defended employers in hundreds of national and state class, collective, representative and multi-plaintiff actions across the country. Our long track record includes defeating class and collective certification attempts, prevailing on dispositive motions, compelling matters to arbitration on an individual basis, reaching early modest settlements and/or winning at trial.

Employment Litigation

Our trial lawyers have tried hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States and before state and federal administrative agencies. We have successfully litigated employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wrongful termination claims based on sex, sexual orientation, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, citizenship, family and medical leave status and other statutorily-protected characteristics.

Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

We regularly counsel clients on traditional labor matters, for clients with and without unionized workforces. Our team’s wide-ranging experience includes protected concerted activity, solicitation and distribution, union access, labor relations policy development, persuader reporting obligations and management training.

Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition

We have extensive experience in one of the most rapidly evolving areas of employment law – employee restrictive covenants. We help our clients proactively protect their assets through the creation and enforcement of restrictive covenants – including non-compete agreements and non-solicitation and confidentiality restrictions – and counsel them in employee raiding, unfair competition and computer fraud and abuse matters.

Due Diligence and Audits

We work with clients on their employment agreements, policies and handbooks, and conduct audits of personnel policies and practices ranging from specific issues to comprehensive audits of all the company’s employment law practices.

Counseling and Compliance Training

We believe we can best serve our clients by anticipating and resolving employment issues before they ripen into litigation. In collaboration with in-house legal counsel, executives and human resources professionals, we regularly counsel our clients on such issues as EEO compliance, employee discipline and termination, anti-harassment education and training, reductions in force, and much more.

Crisis Management

Unfortunately, employee-related or caused crises – such as employee raiding, trade secret theft, fraud and embezzlement, drug use, violence, sexual and other forms of harassment, data breaches and workplace accidents – happen all too often. We work with clients to manage these crises through various prevention, response and recovery measures.