Our Employment Practice Group attorneys defend employers in single plaintiff as well as class action litigation involving ADA, ADEA, FMLA, the WARN Act, Title VII and related state and local anti-discrimination and wrongful termination laws. We defend claims of wage and hour violation, defamation, interference, non-compete, trade secret, fiduciary duty, and whistleblower retaliation. We are seasoned trial attorneys who have successfully obtained numerous summary judgments, directed verdicts and defense verdicts.

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

We understand the value of being proactive. We complete robust early case assessments and promptly communicate opportunities for resolution. We advise employers on the day-to-day employee-related issues that arise and conduct internal complaint investigations. We draft arbitration clauses and clear, defensible employment policies and procedures.

We counsel clients in the development of diversity programs and initiatives. We provide onsite training related to state and federal employment laws with an emphasis on workplace diversity and inclusion.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Employee Benefits and Contracts
  • Executive Compensation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Reduction-in-Force
  • Terminations
  • Title VII – Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN)

RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • Obtained a defense verdict in litigation filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against a Wisconsin auto parts retailer concerning alleged violations of Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This was the first such complete defense verdict obtained against the EEOC in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which was also affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained defense verdict in high profile jury trial involving a claim of race discrimination under Section 1981 which was affirmed on appeal. The case involved alleged hangman nooses.
  • Represented a multi-national staffing and employment agency in connection with alleged pattern and practice discrimination claims. Partnered with in-house counsel and successfully settled claims on favorable terms.
  • Represented a major Wisconsin manufacturer in connection with claims of systemic race discrimination pursued by the NAACP. Successfully resolved claims without commencement of litigation or adverse publicity.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of corporate client in litigation involving claims of wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
  • Defended Fortune 500® corporation against claims of pregnancy discrimination, sex discrimination and constructive discharge. Successfully obtained dismissal through Motion for Summary Judgment which was affirmed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a major insurance provider in a Title VII race discrimination lawsuit prosecuted by the EEOC. Obtained favorable resolution of the claim prior to trial.
  • Investigated claims of alleged systemic race discrimination by a major law enforcement agency. Due to our comprehensive investigatory report and recommendations, the claimants chose not to litigate the claims.
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