At Johnson Jackson, we are prepared to deliver the full spectrum of legal representation to our clients on labor and employment matters, ranging from training and general advice to litigation of matters through trial and appeal.
Our lawyers handle litigation matters from start to finish. Our trial experience includes defending employers in both federal court and state court. We have handled both jury and non-jury trials, as well as arbitrations and hearings before administrative law judges. Our cases range from single-plaintiff cases to multi-plaintiff class and collective actions, and involve many different types of employment claims: discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage/hour, whistleblower, unfair competition, breach of non-compete covenants, and improper use of trade secrets.
We believe in mastering the details of our cases and developing effective trial themes that allow us to present our clients’ cases persuasively. We also recognize the importance of using cost-effective strategies to minimize the financial impact of defending a case through trial and appeal.
B. Defense of EEOC/FCHR Charges
Our lawyers defend clients against charges that employees file with federal, state, and local EEO agencies and other administrative agencies that have jurisdiction over employers, including the National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We help our clients respond by preparing position statements and responses to requests for information. These responses are important because they represent an opportunity to discourage potential plaintiffs from pursuing litigation. In some cases, the filing of a charge may represent the first notice to the client of a potential problem, and the preparation of the response will be the client’s first opportunity to investigate the allegations. We believe that it is important for our attorneys to work together with our clients to complete a proper investigation and response.
Employers often need to investigate internal complaints regarding a wide variety of workplace issues, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour compliance, workplace safety, and ethical issues. Conducting effective workplace investigations can be challenging. We offer training for our clients in the art of investigating workplace issues. We also advise our clients’ human resources teams as they conduct investigations to ensure that the investigations are prompt, effective, and thorough.
D. General Advice/Counseling
We value the ability to build trust relationships with our clients in which they feel comfortable calling us for advice on specific employment issues before those issues turn into litigation. Our clients call us with questions that run the gamut from interpreting new statutory requirements, to ensuring wage/hour compliance, to determining whether termination or other discipline decisions are legally defensible. We help them determine whether leaves of absence should be extended, whether employees should be considered fit for duty, and whether accommodations are required for certain employees. We assist our clients with interpretation of grievance policies and respond to signs of union organizing. We believe it is important to provide our clients with real answers on a timely basis.
E. Handbook and Policy Review/Revision
We provide handbook and policy reviews and revisions on an as-needed basis to ensure that our clients’ policies are in alignment with the state and federal laws pertaining to labor and employment law.
F. Training and Education
We recognize the importance of providing legal guidance to ensure that our clients’ human resource professionals are well prepared to address employment matters as they arise on a day-to-day basis. We want them to feel comfortable that they have a resource they can turn to for information about the broad range of state and federal labor and employment laws. We want to be their first-call source of information about updates and changes to these laws.
To meet these goals, we provide live training on topics of interest to our clients. Depending on the topic, this training can be designed for different audiences (i.e., we can target the needs of HR professionals, of management and supervisors, or of rank-and-file employees). We can focus on specific legal subjects (such as the ADA, FMLA, harassment, discrimination, or retaliation), or on more skills-based subjects (such as conducting investigations, effective hiring, or proper management techniques).
We offer timely email updates to our clients regarding current or projected changes in the laws that pertain to labor and employment. These updates will also inform our clients of areas of risk that plaintiffs’ lawyers appear to be focusing on as well as strategies to prevent or reduce litigation risks. We are willing to work with our clients to tailor updates to their specific needs.