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General Employment Litigation

Federal, state and local employment laws impose legal obligations and their attendant risks on every employer, creating the need for a well-informed management team with access to specialized workplace law resources and effective e-discovery strategies.

Overview

When it comes to litigation, our primary objectives mirror those of our clients: to quickly and efficiently achieve the best possible result. Our clients and their executives rely on Jackson Lewis attorneys to deliver business insight, legal acumen, and trial skills to navigate employment litigation and develop response strategies. By partnering with Jackson Lewis, our clients are able to remain focused on their day-to-day business goals while our lawyers do the heavy lifting. 

Personal and Ongoing Dialogue with Our Clients
We understand that effective communication leads to informed collaboration and efficiency, and have made a conscious deliberate choice to be where our clients operate, work, and live to ensure personal and in-person  communication even in the current digital age. Jackson Lewis has litigators in each of our 58 offices throughout the United States, and we are committed to providing opportunities for both formal and informal client feedback and conducting annual planning meetings with each of our clients.

National Workplace Law Knowledge
Jackson Lewis has made a substantial investment to capture and re-use our unique national workplace law knowledge for the benefit of our clients, enhancing the quality of our practice and minimizing the costs of our services. We leverage our breadth of national and regional workplace law knowledge through three approaches: customized automated knowledge management solutions, a dedicated team of professionals maintaining our internal Workplace Law InfoCenter, and designated attorneys who focus their practice on specific areas of employment and electronic discovery law.

Experience

The majority of our attorneys devote their practice solely to defending management in employment-related lawsuits. We are well-equipped to assist you with:

  • Litigating individual and class action employment cases in state and federal courts, including cases involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation allegations, defamation claims, whistle blower claims, employee privacy issues, medical leave issues, disability accommodations, qui tam actions, and wage and hour violations
  • Handling administrative charges before state and federal agencies
  • Handling private arbitration hearings and proceedings, and ensuring that arbitration provisions are enforced and respected
  • Protecting employers' confidential and proprietary information, trade secrets and business relationships from misuse, interference, and violations of non-compete agreements
  • Maintaining actions on behalf of employers arising from fraud, theft and other related misconduct
  • Conducting independent investigations of allegations of inappropriate employee behavior running the gamut of workplace issues including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and improper business practices (such as issues arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act)
  • Handling trials and appeals in state and federal courts, where previous counsel failed to achieve satisfactory results
  • Training management, human resources professionals, and staff on all aspects of workplace law
  • Advising management on all aspects of workplace law, including compliance with local, state, and federal statutes, adverse employment actions, terminations, coaching, separation agreements, employee handbooks and related issues

Trials

From high-stakes class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases, to single-plaintiff wrongful discharge and discrimination claims, our deep bench of seasoned trial lawyers have obtained favorable verdicts in hundreds of cases throughout the United States. Our trial lawyers are well-equipped to present any case in a manner persuasive to judges and juries. By way of example, some of our recent trial wins include:

  • Fortune 500 technology company accused of disability discrimination and fraud
  • Fortune 500 hotel chain accused of violating employment agreement and the FMLA
  • Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company accused of gender and pregnancy discrimination
  • Property management company accused of gender discrimination and retaliation
  • Technology company accused of wrongful-termination, breach of oral contract, and fraud
  • College accused of violating Title IX and for breach of contract
  • Hospital accused of disability discrimination in violation of federal law
  • Public university accused of improper denial-of-tenure by university professor
  • Major hospital and medical center accused of race discrimination
  • Major industrial gas company accused of wage-and-hour violations
  • Mid-size brewery accused of misclassifying employees, in violation of the FLSA
  • Major U.S. bank and financial services company accused of race and age discrimination
  • Large payroll company seeking to enforce an arbitration agreement
  • Construction company accused of disability discrimination and whistleblower retaliation
  • Supermarket chain accused of national origin discrimination and retaliation
  • Casino accused of improperly compensating employees
  • Auto dealership accused of wrongful termination and defamation

E-Discovery

Jackson Lewis has the expertise and personnel necessary to guide clients through all types of electronic discovery projects, including the most complex. At all times, we are focused on developing bottom-line driven best practices that serve the special discovery needs and burdens of employment litigation. We believe that effective planning, e-discovery budgeting, and management are key components of the discovery process, and we work with clients to estimate and project costs and to develop proactive case strategies. Our goal is to satisfy all document retention and production obligations without imposing an undue burden on our clients.

  • We are a leader in the outsourcing of traditional internal e-discovery litigation support services and are able to provide clients with extremely competitive pricing and access to the latest software, data processing, hosting, security, forensics, production, and project management services. Our innovative outsourcing program focuses on technology, cybersecurity and the protection of client data.
  • Our e-discovery team maintains attorney liaisons in every office and has vast experience with best practices in all service areas, including the use of advanced technologies such as predictive coding to improve the quality of large-scale document reviews and contain costs within proportionate limits.
  • For more information about our e-Discovery team and the many ways in which the team is operating at the forefront of the e-discovery field, please download the e-Discovery brochure.

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Executive Series: Bolstering Your Preventive Practices to Meet the New Wave of Harassment Claims

December 14, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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What Employers Need to Know About Washington’s New Minimum Wage and Paid Leave Law

November 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST

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October 26, 2016 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM PST

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February 20, 2019

New York City Releases Enforcement Guidance on Race Discrimination on Basis of Hair

February 20, 2019

Legal enforcement guidance on race discrimination on the basis of hair from the New York City Commission on Human Rights affirms that employer policies on appearance and grooming that ban, limit, or otherwise restrict natural hair or hairstyles may be unlawful under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The guidance states that... Read More

February 14, 2019

Rumors and Gossip in Workplace Can Create Employer Liability for Harassment, Fourth Circuit Holds

February 14, 2019

Employers may be liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for failing to effectively address and stop gossip and rumors of an alleged sexual relationship between a female employee and a male supervisor, the federal appeals court in Richmond has held. Parker v. Reema Consulting Servs., No. 18-1206 (4th Cir. Feb. 8, 2019). This is... Read More

February 4, 2019

Amendment to New Jersey Anti-Discrimination Law Poses Challenges to Using Non-Disclosure and Jury Trial Waiver Provisions

February 4, 2019

An amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to prohibit enforcement of non-disclosure provisions in certain agreements, including employment contracts and settlement agreements, has been passed by the New Jersey Legislature. The amendment could also potentially impact use of jury trial waivers, given the LAD’s jury... Read More

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Angela Quiles Nevarez Honored with HNBA's “Top Lawyers Under 40" Award

February 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 20, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Philadelphia Of Counsel Angela Quiles Nevarez has been selected to receive the prestigious “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award presented by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). The Award honors... Read More

February 20, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Names Kyle B. Russell as Managing Principal of Kansas City Region Offices

February 20, 2019

OVERLAND PARK, KS (February 20, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Kyle B. Russell has been named Managing Principal of the firm’s Overland Park, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, offices. Mr. Russell has served as the Litigation Manager in both offices since 2015.... Read More

February 20, 2019
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Nadine Abrahams Discusses Steps Employers Should Take When W-2 Forms are Returned as Undeliverable

February 20, 2019

Nadine Abrahams discusses steps employers can take when sending W-2 forms to former employees who have not left a correct forwarding address and cannot be reached in "‘Ghosted’ by a Former Employee? Here’s What to Do with a Returned Check or W-2," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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New York State Commissioner of Labor Testifies On Combatting Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
February 15, 2019

As if the current legal environment for employers and their insurance carriers was not sufficiently challenging, state legislatures are considering bills, inter alia, to expand the definition of a hostile work environment, to expand coverage of anti-discrimination and harassment laws to independent contractors, to increase penalties for h Read More

Former Winery Employees Awarded $11 million
February 14, 2019

Plaintiffs Megan Meadowcroft and Amanda Brown, two winery employees, alleged that they had been harassed on numerous occasions by their supervisor, General Manager Pinero. Specifically, Brown alleged that Pinero attempted to flirt with her, and physically made contact with her. Read More

Court Confirms Employer Can Be Liable For Harassment By Non-Employee
February 8, 2019

Faced with a question not yet addressed by the Third Circuit, a federal judge in Pennsylvania found an employer, as well as individual managers, may be held liable for an employee’s claim of a hostile work environment based on conduct by a non-employee who had regular contact with the employee. Hewitt v. BS Transp. Read More

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Sexual Harassment Policies and Employee Handbooks in the Time of #MeToo

Yvonne Norris Maddalena discusses sexual harassment policy tips for employee handbooks in the time of #MeToo.

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Office Holiday Party Liabilities

Daniel Waslawski and Roderick Gillum discuss legal liabilities of workplace holiday parties.

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Political Expression in the Workplace

Jonathan Geneus and Jeffrey McClelland discuss expression in the workplace and the potential liability for employers.

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