Labor & Employment Litigation

Overview

We continue to see an increase in the filing of employment-related lawsuits due, in part, to shifts in the economy, aggressive government enforcement (both at the state and federal level), and attractive incentives for the plaintiff’s bar. Class action lawsuits alleging employment discrimination and wage-and-hour violations are on the rise and are burdensome, as well as costly, to defend. This challenging environment not only creates potential financial exposure for employers, but can disrupt business operations, as well.

The most efficient way to resolve litigation is collaboration with clients at the outset of the case to develop creative and aggressive strategies that result in dispositive victories on the merits of the case or provide procedural leverage to position the case for early resolution on favorable terms.

Walter | Haverfield has a deep bench of seasoned trial attorneys to protect clients in these types of high-exposure disputes. Our attorneys have represented clients in class and collective action litigation, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution.

Walter | Haverfield will put together the right team whether your company is trying to defend class certifications or preparing for trial.

It doesn’t matter if your company is facing a complex class action or a single plaintiff wrongful discharge or discrimination case; you will have the full range of our experience at your disposal. Our attorneys work closely with our clients to develop case budgets and litigation plans to meet their needs, assist in tracking and controlling costs and work toward a winning resolution.

Experience

The Labor & Employment Litigation group’s experience and services include the following:

  • Defends employers in litigation and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the State Employment Relations Board.
  • Defends federal sexual harassment lawsuits against major national corporations.
  • Defends companies in Common Pleas and federal district courts against allegations of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination.
  • Representation of municipal employer in termination of Captain of City Police Department.
  • Representation of municipal employer in termination of Patrolman in City Police Department.
  • Defense of 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.  
  • Representation of employers in state and federal court against charges of discrimination on the basis of race/color, age, sex/gender, and disability.
  • Representation of employers in wrongful discharge litigation.
  • Defended municipalities in Section 1983 and civil rights litigation.
  • Representation of employers in state and federal court proceedings to compel the use of mandatory private employment arbitration/ADR programs in lieu of judicial proceedings on the merits.
  • Representation of employers in dozens of mediations concerning wrongful discharge and discrimination claims brought by current and former employees.
  • Assists in the representation of various employers with respect to issues dealing with non-competition, non-solicitation, and other employment-related litigation matters (e.g., state and federal employment discrimination laws, FLSA, ADA, and FMLA).

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