Labor & Employment
Our firm provides consultation to employers of all sizes on labor and employment issues ranging from compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, responding to employee and third-party complaints, defending against charges or proceedings instituted by administrative and regulatory agencies or bodies, and drafting, reviewing and enforcing company policies and handbooks. We defend employers and their insurers against claims alleging wrongful discharge, federal and state law discrimination, civil rights violations, sexual harassment, retaliation, whistleblower law violation, invasion of privacy, wage and hour violations, violations of equal pay laws, and improper hiring and screening practices. We also represent plan administrators and insurers in single-plaintiff ERISA benefits disputes.
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing employers in response to charges of discrimination filed before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights and before similar bodies in other jurisdictions. We also regularly represent employees of our clients as requested in workplace-related misdemeanor criminal proceedings, traffic court and other forums such as local alcoholic beverage control boards where minor legal violations by our clients’ employees are alleged to have occurred.
Our attorneys have many years of experience successfully representing employers in litigation alleging violations of state and federal discrimination laws, civil rights laws and whistleblower protection laws filed in state and federal court and arbitration forums. We frequently defend individual and corporate clients against lawsuits alleging defamation, workplace retaliation, breach of employment contract, assault and battery, spoliation of evidence and similar claims. Our attorneys also regularly represent employers in the enforcement of non-compete and confidentiality agreements against former employees or associates in violation of such agreements.
Wage and Hour Claims
Our attorneys have represented employers in collective actions stemming from alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassification of employees and other wage and recordkeeping issues.
Our clients frequently call upon us to counsel them regarding the contents of employee handbooks and other written workplace policies, whether a particular employee or situation is in violation of such standards or applicable law and how to address such matters, employee benefits questions, and wage and hour issues.