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Organizations faced with wrongful discharge and discrimination claims, ADA and FMLA compliance issues, workforce reductions and a wide range of other labor and employment issues need an experienced legal partner. That’s why many private and public organizations turn to the expert team at Dickinson Wright for assistance in this complex area of law.

Whenever possible, we work with our clients to proactively address issues in an effort to avoid litigation. Our team has extensive experience counseling clients to avoid just about any type of labor and employment issue. Just in the past few years, we have successfully defended numerous wage and hour collective actions and discrimination class actions – in most cases, stopping the case before it went to litigation.

But, when litigation is necessary, our clients benefit from our creative and cost-effective approach to single and multiple plaintiff lawsuits. A significant part of our practice involves vigorously representing public and private employers in state and federal court in discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination and other labor and employment litigation.

Some of the labor & employment practice’s areas of expertise include:

  • Employment litigation, including: wrongful discharge and discrimination claims; defamation and other workplace torts; retaliation and whistleblower claims; wage and hour claims; ERISA claims; injunction lawsuits; administrative claims; appeals and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Class actions, including: wage and hour; civil rights; employment and labor.
  • Labor relations, including: union avoidance and organizing; collective bargaining; contract administration and arbitration and NLRB matters.
  • Preventive counseling on a wide range of employment matters, including: personnel policies and handbooks; employment and severance contracts; workforce reductions; sexual and racial harassment; employee discipline; affirmative action; immigration; OSHA; non-compete covenants; wage and hour compliance; disability and family leave issues; drug and alcohol issues; employee leasing; compliance audits; workplace violence; workplace privacy; employee benefits; ERISA and supervisory training.
  • Preventive counseling on labor issues, including: labor relations and collective bargaining; maintenance of a union-free workforce and mergers and acquisitions.
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