Employment Law

Employment Law

Taft’s Employment Law group has received national recognition for the services it provides across the country for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized and small employers in the private and public sectors. Taft’s attorneys are recognized in publications such as Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and Indiana, Illinois and Ohio Super Lawyers.

Our attorneys offer clients extensive experience and innovation in the wide range of legal services needed to manage the complex relationship between employers and employees, including employment litigation, day-to-day counseling, benefit plans, ERISA compliance and litigation, workplace safety and health issues, and immigration and citizenship. We envision and implement strategies that reflect our deep understanding of the business implications of our counsel and keep a clear focus on the client’s objectives, all while providing creative and cost-effective representation and advice.

Employment Litigation

Even the most careful employer may face discrimination charges or employment litigation at some point. Unfortunately, an employer’s abundant good faith and the absence of a discriminatory motive do not guarantee that employment decisions are immune from challenge. The best result is to help clients avoid discrimination charges and lawsuits. But when these claims are filed, our employment attorneys have the experience necessary to defend such claims, as they have handled thousands of matters before judges, juries, arbitrators and government agencies, including numerous cases that have expanded the scope of employer rights. Taft’s attorneys have also represented clients in appeals relating to employment litigation handled by other law firms in the lower courts.

Using a cost-effective approach to employment litigation, Taft’s attorneys have defended individual and class action lawsuits involving claims alleging race, gender, age, disability, and religious discrimination and harassment; retaliation; Family and Medical Leave Act violations; ERISA violations; breach of contract; torts; whistleblower claims; and various other employment-related causes of action. The primary goal is obtaining an early resolution for clients, whether that be pretrial judgment or a settlement on favorable terms. We recognize the importance of avoiding drawn-out litigation, but our attorneys stand ready for trial when necessary. Our group has had numerous successes in jury trials and bench trials in both federal and state courts.

Day-to-Day Counseling

Employers are faced with difficult decisions every day. Taft’s employment attorneys can help navigate around the many pitfalls that accompany those decisions. Likewise, our attorneys help employers comply with the constantly changing laws, regulations and court decisions that apply to the employment relationship.

Our attorneys provide guidance to employers on a strategic basis in all labor and employment areas, including hiring, firing, layoffs, discipline, leaves of absence, promotions, pay practices, investigating employee complaints, harassment and diversity training, affirmative action plans, and drafting and review of employer policies. We help employers comply with the panoply of employment laws, some of which include:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • COBRA
  • Drug Free Workplace Act
  • ERISA
  • Equal Pay Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • FMLA
  • HIPAA
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Non-Competes and Intellectual Property
  • OSHA
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
  • Prevailing Wage
  • Title VII
  • WARN

Benefit Plans, ERISA Compliance and Litigation

Compliance with ERISA and the other associated employee benefit laws has never been more difficult. The laws change in material respects almost every year. In the past few years, we have seen the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Part D and significant changes to the pension laws that affect the construction and administration of both traditional defined benefit pension plans and 401(k) plans. The changes in the way claims for both pension and welfare benefits must be administered are sometimes confusing, but Taft has substantial experience in claims compliance.

Our attorneys have represented benefit plans, employers and fiduciaries in some of the largest ERISA cases across the country, in matters involving more than one billion dollars in exposure in both pension and retiree insurance types of cases. Taft’s attorneys have substantial experience in cases asserting pension plan design allegations, cash balance pension plan design claims, including claims of whipsaw, wearaway and anti-cutback, retiree insurance claims, fiduciary duty claims, issues peculiar to pension plan mergers, other claims relating to employee welfare benefit plans, issues concerning summary plan descriptions and also claims concerning the efficacy of ERISA 204(h) notices. This experience includes both major class action cases and defense of lawsuits brought by individuals, including claims of wrongfully denied insurance and disability benefits. ESOPs can present their own peculiar issues, and Taft’s attorneys have substantial experience with these as well.

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Awards

  • Ranked National Tier 1
    by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 
    2018 “Best Law Firms”

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