Employment disputes are one of the fastest growing areas of law today. There has been an explosion of litigation, as well as a vast amount of legislation impacting the workplace. Today, employers are faced not only with wrongful termination claims, but also with issues ranging from violence in the workplace; to sexual harassment; to discrimination based on age, race, handicapped status, gender or sexual orientation; to employee rights of privacy, religion and free speech.
The array of state and federal statutes and regulations with which even small employers must now be familiar is staggering. Thus, it is critical for employers to retain competent and professional legal counsel to advise them about their rights and responsibilities, as well as the potentially serious consequences of noncompliance. We are familiar with the legal landscape in this area and routinely litigate employment-related claims before both state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
We represent a broad range of employers embroiled in legal disputes with their employees. Many of our cases involve claims of:
- Wrongful discharge
- Sexual harassment
- Hostile work environments
- Unlawful retaliation
- Whistleblower violations
- Breach of contract
Others raise private claims cognizable under the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rhode Island “State Fair Employment Practices Act” (FEPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other state and federal remedies. As a result, we routinely practice before both state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Because avoidance is the best defense, we also counsel and advise clients who wish to minimize or avoid the risk of future claims on issues relating to employment practices and policies. This includes the drafting of appropriate employee handbooks or manuals, permissible hiring practices, drug testing, disciplinary or termination techniques, or matters of insurance. To learn more about our ability to conduct investigations as a preventive measure, click here – Workplace Investigations.