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Employment Litigation

LeClairRyan’s Employment Litigation attorneys apply their breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to advise employers concerning personnel policies and employment discrimination. We regularly provide representation to employers in a variety of employment litigation matters in federal and state courts nationwide, and before:

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • The Department of Labor 
  • The National Labor Relations Board 
  • Various states' workers compensation commissions 
  • Various states' employment commissions 
  • Various states' departments of labor and industry 
  • Various states' human rights councils
  • And similar state agencies throughout the nation

Our lawyers defend employers in both individual and class actions against the following types of claims:

  • Employment discrimination 
  • Unlawful harassment 
  • Retaliation 
  • Unpaid wages and benefits 
  • Breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants 
  • Wrongful termination 
  • Negligent hiring or retention 
  • Defamation

We also have significant experience representing employers in employment and labor arbitrations and mediations throughout the nation. In addition to our appearances before trial courts, administrative agencies, and mediators and arbitrators, we have a successful track record affirming our clients’ trial and summary judgment victories before appellate courts throughout the nation, including most of the United States Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorneys in this practice area represent employers in a wide variety of employment litigation matters including the following:

  • Defense of wrongful discharge claims
  • Breach of employment contracts
  • Disability discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Claims for relief under the Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Claims of sexual harassment and race and gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981

LeClairRyan is well-known for thoroughly preparing every case as if it were going to trial. We draw on the knowledge and experience from across our firm and use an interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional team approach that makes use of industry specific knowledge whenever appropriate. This enables us to personally respond to client requests promptly and respect specific cost needs. This emphasis on full preparation not only benefits us in the courtroom, but also gives us an advantage should settlement become an option, allowing us to always be well-positioned and obtain optimal results for our clients.

Class and Collective Action Matters

Our attorneys understand the far-reaching implications of class and collective action litigation and the importance of adopting a proactive litigation strategy to avoid and defeat class certification and underlying liability claims. Members of our team conduct early case assessments and craft cost-effective solutions best suited to our clients' business and legal needs, whether it entails adopting arbitration programs that preclude class actions, pursuing early mediation, and, where appropriate, litigating through trial. We have a depth of experience representing clients nationwide across industries.


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