Labor and Employment Litigation
Even the most careful employer may face discrimination charges or litigation brought by an employee 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. These challenges include not only claims of intentional discrimination, but also wage and hour claims (e.g., employee misclassification and overtime calculations), legal challenges as to the reasonableness of an accommodation under the ADA and questions as to compliance with other local, state and federal law.
Taft’s primary goal is to help clients avoid discrimination charges and lawsuits in the first place, through counseling and education. But when these claims are filed, our Labor and Employment attorneys have the knowledge and 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.
To keep our clients informed, we schedule training and general educational seminars, publish legal updates on matters of interest to employers and consult with clients as often as possible — before the employer may even be aware that there could be a problem. But even the most diligent employers face legal claims. When a lawsuit is filed, we take a cost-effective and goal-oriented approach, with the client’s ultimate goal as our primary consideration throughout the process. We have defended individual and class action lawsuits involving claims alleging:
- Race, gender, age, disability and religious discrimination and harassment.
- Family and Medical Leave Act violations.
- ERISA violations.
- Breach of contract.
- Whistleblower claims.
- Various other employment-related causes of action.
We strive to obtain an early resolution for clients, whether that be a dismissal on the pleadings, a pretrial judgment or a settlement on favorable terms, recognizing the importance of avoiding drawn-out litigation and costly discovery. However, 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.
Our Labor and Employment Litigation 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.