Our established labor and employment team regularly counsels clients on reducing workforce issues risk and is well qualified when litigation arises.
We have a heavy emphasis on representing clients in the education and healthcare industries. We regularly represent one of the largest health care systems in the region in litigation involving discrimination, retaliation, harassment and whistleblower law claims under the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, Title VII, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, and the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law.
While the substantive scope of our employment practice is broad, we have particular expertise and depth in representing clients in restrictive covenant and trade secret matters. This practice includes representing companies and individuals in federal and state courts in time-sensitive litigation where temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions are sought, conducting forensic investigations into trade secret theft, negotiating restrictive covenant carveouts, and counseling clients on onboarding and exiting best practices regarding talent management.
Our award-winning labor and employment team regularly counsels both public and private employer clients to reduce risk related to a wide variety of workforce issues. This has become particularly crucial to our clients since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they try to navigate the regularly changing federal, state and local guidelines, ordinances, and orders. We also are particularly adept at handling whistleblower issues, wage and hour, and discrimination and harassment matters.
With our client’s goals, concerns, and past policies and practices always in mind, we provide counsel on negotiating executive employment and severance agreements, reviewing and drafting employment policies, and advising clients related to the hiring, discipline and termination of employees, workforce reductions, and employer obligations. Further, our team serves as trusted outside counsel on day-to-day employment issues, including, among others, those involving:
We regularly are entrusted to conduct prompt, thorough and unbiased workplace investigations of allegations of harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct. We conduct internal wage and hour audits to assist clients in properly classifying employees, protect against off-the-clock liability, and avoid independent contractor misclassification and joint employer liability. We also represent our clients in the context of DOL and OSHA audits and inspections.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Our practice focuses on defending employers in various employment litigation matters involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, disability, family leave, wage and hour, non-compete/non-solicitation injunction matters, and whistleblowing. Though based in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey, our team represents clients nationally and has represented clients in courts across the country – including in at least 24 states, such as:
•Nebraska •New Jersey
•New York •North Carolina
•South Carolina •Ohio
•Tennessee •Texas •Virginia
Our group also has significant experience with matters related to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.