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Labor & Employment Litigation

Labor & Employment

Shifts in the economy, aggressive government enforcement (both at the state and federal level), and attractive incentives for the plaintiff’s bar all lead to an increase in the filing of employment-related lawsuits. In addition, class action lawsuits alleging employment discrimination and wage-and-hour violations are on the rise and are burdensome, as well as costly, to defend.

Walter Haverfield’s team of attorneys is committed to helping clients overcome the challenging environment this creates not only for an employer’s potential financial exposure but also its impact on disrupting business operations. We understand the most efficient way to resolve litigation is a collaboration with clients at the outset of the case to develop creative and aggressive strategies. Our full-service approach supports results in dispositive victories on the merits of the case in addition to providing procedural leverage to position the case for early resolution on favorable terms.

Practice Group Leader

Eric J. Johnson, Partner

Eric Johnson, partner and chair of the Walter | Haverfield Labor and Employment Group, brings more than 20 years of experience to the fields of labor and employment and education law.

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Our Labor & Employment Litigation Difference

Walter Haverfield has a deep bench of seasoned trial attorneys to protect clients in a broad range of high-exposure disputes. Our attorneys have represented clients in class and collective action litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. We assemble the right team for our client’s needs, whether they are trying to defend class certifications or preparing for trial.

Whether your company is facing a complex class action, a single plaintiff wrongful discharge or a discrimination case, you will have the full range of our experience at your disposal. Our attorneys work closely with clients to develop case budgets and litigation plans to meet their needs, assist in tracking and controlling costs, and most importantly, strategize to achieve a winning resolution.

Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – ERISA
U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: ERISA
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Experience

  • Defending employers in litigation and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), and the State Employment Relations Board (SERB)
  • Defending federal sexual harassment lawsuits against major national corporations
  • Defending companies in common pleas and federal district courts against allegations of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination
  • Representing municipal employer in termination of the captain of a city police department
  • Representing municipal employer in termination of patrolman of a city police department
  • Defending employee litigation alleging retaliation involving significant labor and immunity issues, obtaining summary judgment and affirmance in the court of appeals
  • Substantial trial and appellate experience in general civil litigation, including contract claims and defense of employment matters for employers, workers’ compensation, and unemployment matters
  • Representing employers in state and federal court against charges of discrimination based on race/color, age, sex/gender, and disability
  • Representing employers in wrongful discharge litigation
  • Defending municipalities in Section 1983 and civil rights litigation
  • Representing employers in state and federal court proceedings to compel the use of mandatory private employment arbitration / alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs in place of judicial proceedings on the merits
  • Representing employers in dozens of mediations concerning wrongful discharge and discrimination claims brought by current and former employees
  • Assisting in the representation of various employers concerning issues dealing with non-competition, non-solicitation, and other employment-related litigation matters, including state and federal employment discrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
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