Costly litigation, bad publicity, and workplace disruptions—these and other challenges can adversely affect productivity, business profitability, and employee morale. Attorneys in this practice group help business clients develop and implement policies that will reduce the risk of employment claims and litigation.
Our attorneys provide advice and guidance to management and human-resources professionals on practically all aspects of employee relations. When claims are made or suits are filed by employees, our attorneys have successfully defended employers before state and federal trial and appellate courts (including the United States Supreme Court), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations.
The attorneys in this practice group advise clients about the following laws (among many others):
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Reconstruction Era Civil Rights Acts (§ 1983 claims).
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
- Equal Pay Act (EPA).
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
- Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA).
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
- Drug-Free Workplace Act (DFWA).
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).
- Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA).
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
- Alabama Workers' Compensation Act.
In addition, attorneys who practice in this area have experience handling litigation arising out of breach-of-contract claims, negligent or tortious interference with employment contracts or employee relations, breach of covenants not to compete, breach of confidentiality agreements, and other state and federal claims that may arise out of the employment relationship.