Labor & Employment
The Telfair Law Firm, LLC’s Labor and Employment Team works closely with our clients to develop effective strategies and policies to avoid employment litigation, resolve employee disputes, and successfully dismiss labor and employment claims when lawsuits, NLRB arbitrations, EEOC, and Unfair Labor Practice charges are filed. We help companies across the nation achieve their business objectives while managing and minimizing their legal risks, difficulties and expenses.
Our labor and employment attorneys routinely defend employers against claims in individual and class actions and in federal and state courts nationwide. We have a depth of experience handling an array of employment claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to pay wages or benefits, breach of contract, wrongful termination, negligent hiring or retention, and defamation.
Our goal is to minimize the impact of employment claims and litigation on our client’s business. We understand how to defend and dismiss these cases, and routinely defend employers’ interests before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and in federal and state courts across the country.
Employment Counseling, Training and Audits
Our team stays on top of federal and state legislative, case and administrative developments that may impact employers and their workforce. We regularly audit our clients’ operations, communications and employee training policies and programs with a view toward reducing liability risk from discrimination, retaliation and other employment claims.
The Firm’s employment attorneys work with our clients to achieve a workplace free of distractions that interfere with the quality of services or products delivered to customers. We provide advice and assistance with employee management issues as they arise and offer strong defenses when litigation occurs.
Members of our team advise and draft policies on drug testing, workplace violence prevention of criminal activities of employees, advertising and hiring practices, privacy and cyber liability matters, employee personnel files, discipline and termination. We regularly draft employment agreements, multi-step disciplinary procedures, employment policies and employee handbooks. In addition, we conduct on-site investigations and interviews to obtain information related to employment issues. We also provide educational programs, sensitivity training, and anti-bullying and unlawful harassment training.
We represent our clients in administrative agency proceedings and litigation related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Equal Pay Act, Title IX, and a multitude of other federal and state employment laws. We guide our clients through discrimination complaints from the initial filing of a charge through the federal or state agency findings notices. We defend workers’ compensation claims to ensure that workplace injuries are accurately represented and that payments are appropriate. Our team has extensive litigation experience in wrongful termination, improper discipline, wage-hour and discrimination lawsuits. We also defend negligent hiring, negligent supervision and negligent retention claims.
Our attorneys routinely help employers put HR policies in place that significantly lower risk. We also work closely with clients to draft and enforce executive and other employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, and covenants restricting employees’ post-employment conduct. In addition, we develop and implement mandatory employment/arbitration programs that require employees to submit employment disputes to binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act as an alternative to costly litigation. We also regularly assist employers covered by Executive Order 11246 with preparation and maintenance of affirmative action plans.