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Employment litigation is different from other types of commercial disputes. An employment lawsuit can disrupt your work environment and damage your reputation with your employees, your customers and the public. It’s also one of the few types of litigation in which the motives of your leaders and managers – and often your company’s overall culture – are at issue.
The last two decades have seen a significant rise in the number of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions filed against employers. Plaintiffs’ attorneys and government agencies have significant interest in these forms of action in employment cases and have brought to the process a vigor and resourcefulness that makes defending them increasingly expensive for employers.
Our litigation team can defend you vigorously – in the courts and before government agencies – when doing so is consistent with your internal business objections. But as valued business partners, we recognize that an early resolution is often more desirable and we have a proven track record of evaluating and using alternative methods of dispute resolution to achieve those favored results. Equally as important, we can help you find solutions to issues in your workplace that may keep you out of court altogether. In addition to providing advice and counsel on difficult employment decisions to evaluate and minimize risk, we have a bank of management- and employee-training programs that are available at fixed fees to help make sure your programs are compliant with applicable laws and regulations – minimizing risk and avoiding litigation before it happens.
What Sets Us Apart
What we don’t do is offer a pre-packaged solution. We view you as a partner, not just our client – we get to know your organization and tailor our approaches to align with your business needs, your company culture, and the particulars of your case.
Constangy’s litigation practice has more than 100 attorneys covering a broad geographical area who regularly work across office lines to assemble teams tailored to achieving superior results. Our depth and expertise allows us to efficiently handle the full range of litigation issues – from routine charges of discrimination to highly complex class action lawsuits. Our attorneys come to the firm with backgrounds at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other governmental entities, judicial clerkships, and private practice from firms of all sizes.
We bring to the defense of complex, multi-plaintiff lawsuits an unparalleled depth of experience and sensitivity to workplace issues gleaned from representing employers exclusively for more than 65 years. Our particular strengths in defending these types of cases includes:
- Containing the impact of high-profile, multi-plaintiff litigation
- Designing and implementing creative defense strategies to defeat the class aspects of the case
- Incorporating key defense experts (statisticians, labor market economists, industrial psychologists, selection tool validation experts) into the defense plan
- Exploring suitable means for resolving complex cases on terms acceptable to our clients through the use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, as well as early Rule 68 offers of judgment and other creative litigation strategies
- Planning and operating within a litigation budget
What We Do
We regularly defend claims brought by the government and private litigants throughout the United States under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII); the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA); the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA); the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN); the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA); the Equal Pay Act (EPA); and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), as well as their state and local law counterparts. In addition, the last five to ten years have seen an increasing number of state laws that extend employee protections beyond their federal counterpart or in areas in which there is no federal law. Constangy attorneys are well-versed on these state law nuances, as well.
Constangy offers policy development, employee relations, employee and management training, defense of administrative charges, and litigation defense, in all areas of the employment relationship, including:
- Business ethics/employee conflict-of-interest issues
- Equal employment opportunity
- Protected class discrimination
- Wrongful discharge
- Workers’ compensation retaliation
- Harassment based on protected class, including sexual harassment
- Family and medical leave
- Disability accommodations
- Religious accommodations
- Covenants not to compete
- Unfair trade practices
- Misappropriation of trade secrets
- Employment agreements
- All areas of pay practices, including minimum wage, overtime, and child labor compliance
- Severance agreements and exit packages
Our Employment Litigation Prevention and Defense team publishes a bimonthly periodical, Labor & Employment Insights.
If you need assistance from our Employment Litigation Prevention and Defense team, please contact Maureen Knight at MKnight@constangy.com, Randy Loftis at firstname.lastname@example.org or any Constangy attorney.