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Employment Litigation

When job-related issues cannot be resolved through non-adversary means, we are prepared to aggressively defend employers in state or federal court, as well as the full range of administrative venues. We regularly defend employers in discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related complaints. We are experienced in dealing with both statutory and common law claims, including complex class actions. With the cooperation and assistance of attorneys from our firm's employee benefits and intellectual property practice groups, we have successfully litigated a variety of ERISA, non-compete and trade secrets cases.

Our goal is to resolve contested cases as early in the process as possible, in order to minimize the costs and risks associated with protracted litigation. Our approach to employment litigation involves providing our clients with: 

    • Early assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the case 
    • A projected timetable, cost estimate, and exposure to damages 
    • Review of available alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures 
    • A cost benefit analysis of each significant litigation decision
    • The ability and willingness to pursue the case through trial and
       related appeals

Experience

Summary Judgment Granted on All Counts for Franchisee
Successful Defense Against Hostile Work Environment Same Sex Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Claims
Obtained Favorable Summary Judgment in Action Brought by Union
Successfully Represented Client in Arbitration Involving Employee Misconduct
Successfully Defended Client Against Highly Publicized Appeal
Obtained Post-Trial Verdict for FBI in Lawsuit by Insulin-Dependent Diabetic to Become Special Agent
Defense Against Workers' Compensation Retaliation Lawsuit
Defended Against Sexual Orientation and National Origin Discrimination Suits
Defended Claims of Race Discrimination Before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities
Terms of Employment Separation Negotiations
General Counsel on Personnel and Employee Discipline Matters
Defense of Discrimination Case Before Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO)
Defense of Title VII Suit
Litigation Concerning Overtime Requirements of Fair Labor Standards Act
Defended State Against Union Claims Regarding Treatment of Nursing Homes During Labor Strike
Defended Against Age, Sex and Race Discrimination Suits
Labor Negotiations and Discharge Arbitration
Defense of Discrimination Suits in Multiple States
Counsel of Companies Closing or Downsizing
Defense of Age and Race Discrimination Claims
Disability Discrimination Suit
Defended Reverse Discrimination Claim
Theft of Trade Secrets
Defended State and Federal Claims of Improper Employee Termination
Constitutional Law Challenges to Municipal Labor Contracts
Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claim
Theft of Trade Secrets and Unfair Trade Practices
Challenge to Change in Retiree Medical Insurance
Defended Claim Barred by Res Judicata

Publications

October 23, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2018
July 23, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2018
July 9, 2018  Janus v. AFSCME: Implementation Issues
June 27, 2018  U.S. Supreme Court Declares Compelled Public Sector Agency Fees Unconstitutional
April 5, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2018
March 7, 2018  New "PAID" Program Allows Employers to Resolve FLSA Violations and Avoid Penalties
February 1, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2018
Quarterly Newsletter  Employment Law Letter
October 18, 2017  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2017
November 23, 2016  Breaking News: Judge Stops New Overtime Rule
September 6, 2016  Employers Beware: Shoddy Harassment Investigations Can Still Lead to Liability
January 5, 2016  NLRB Strikes Down Policy Prohibiting Recordings by Employees
November 16, 2015  Anonymous Threats Cannot Be Ignored
Fall 2015  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2015
Summer 2015  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2015
Spring 2015  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2015
March 27, 2015  Time to Reevaluate Employee Handbooks
Fall 2014  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2014
Summer 2014  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2014
Spring 2014  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2014
March 6, 2014  Employers Be Forewarned: The Forms You Use to Obtain Applicant Background Checks May Violate FCRA
February 26, 2014  Make Tenant That Controls Its Space Responsible for Mold Issues
Winter 2014  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2014
February 6, 2014  Federal Court of Appeals Finds Temporary Disabilities Protected Under ADA Amendments Act
January 27, 2014  Courts Weigh In On Analysis of Disabilities
Fall 2013  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2013
July 19, 2013  Employment Litigation Lessons From Lawyers As Employers
Summer 2013  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2013
Spring 2013  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2013
Winter 2013  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2013
Fall 2012  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2012
August 27, 2012  Your Investigation Can Backfire and Lead to Unexpected Problems
Summer 2012  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2012
May 10, 2012  EEOC and NLRB Impose New Rules on Employers
Spring 2012  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2012
February 13, 2012  Supervisors Can Be Personally Liable for Violations of FMLA
Winter 2012  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2012

Events

May 17, 2019  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2019 Public Sector Legal Update
December 12, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Dealing with Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
December 4, 2018  Webinar: The Best-Ever Year-End Employment Law Review that Five Employment Law Bloggers Have Ever Presented
November 13, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: HR Policies in Review: Essential Guide to Employee Handbooks
October 25, 2018  CLE Event: 2018 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 22, 2018  Overcoming Barriers in Employment: Legal Update CHRO Reimagined
September 12, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Employment Contracts and Non-Competes
May 16, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: 2018 Update on Immigration Law
May 4, 2018  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2018 Public Sector Legal Update
April 19, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Opioids and Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: Are Employers Left High and Dry?
February 13, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Are You at Risk? An In-Depth Look at Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention and Company Culture
December 7, 2017  Webinar: Employment Law Year in Review
November 16-17, 2017  2017 IASA Northeastern Chapter 54th Annual Regional Conference
November 2, 2017  CLE Event: 2017 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 24, 2017  Sexual Harassment Prevention Seminar 2017
June 13, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Guide to Employee Discipline
October 27, 2016  2016 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
September 28, 2016   Webinar: Impact of the recent NLRB Decision
November 18, 2015   Webinar: ADA Accommodation Litigation: Employee Requests for Telecommuting, Reassignment, Predictable Shifts and More
October 23, 2015  2015 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 31, 2014  2014 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 25, 2013  2013 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
July 17, 2013  Hiring Competitors' Employees, Enforcing Non-Competes and Protecting Trade Secrets in a Social Media Age
December 5, 2012  Highlights From Our Annual Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
November 2, 2012  Labor and Employment Fall Seminar: 2012 Update on Labor and Employment Law
July 20, 2012  Hiring Competitors' Employees/Enforcing Non-Competes/Trade Secrets Protection & Litigation: The Most Effective Strategies
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