Our experienced employment litigators aggressively defend client interests in federal and state courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and other state and federal agencies. We have particular expertise in class and collective action wage and hour litigation, having successfully handled over 20 class/collective action wage and hour lawsuits in the past several years.
Through our preventive services program, WFS attorneys assist clients in implementing policies and programs that allow for the early detection and resolution of potential employment disputes. Our attorneys ensure that clients take full advantage of the legal protections available to employers by providing practical counseling and advice on day-to-day employment issues, drafting and reviewing employee agreements, handbooks and policies, and providing training in all areas of employment law.
One of the trademarks of our employment litigation practice is our practical and efficient approach to litigation. We do not believe in applying a “cookie-cutter” approach to any lawsuit. Instead, each case stands on its own, and we take pride in identifying strategies that allow for early dismissal or most effectively position the case for summary judgment or an advantageous settlement. We litigate every matter in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible, consistent with providing the highest standards of legal service to our clients.
Over the past several years, the employment group has handled over 20 federal and state wage and hour class and collective actions. We have successfully obtained dismissal of many of the lawsuits on first motion, obtained summary judgment or denial of class certification in numerous cases and have settled many of the other lawsuits for nominal amounts on an individual plaintiff basis. The key to our success is understanding that class and collective actions are frequently won long before the case ever proceeds to the certification phase. Because certification drastically raises the stakes of the litigation, we pride ourselves on being particularly creative and aggressive in identifying and asserting meritorious dispositive motions prior to the certification phase.
Matters routinely handled by our employment group include: