Labor & Employment
Arent Fox's Labor & Employment practice is recognized as one of the premier labor and employment practices in the country. Chambers USA, the leading attorney ranking publication, has described the attorneys in this group as "thoughtful, responsive, creative and diligent."
We are experienced in helping public and private companies, nonprofits, and international corporations avoid and solve legal workplace problems. We help employers with the management of risk in the workplace, the avoidance of lawsuits, and the development of personnel policies. Our work also includes hiring/discharge, union negotiations, immigration, OSHA compliance, benefits, wage and hour, employment-related litigation, and other labor and employment related issues that might confront a business.
We represent employers of all sizes in a range of industries, including manufacturing, health care, utilities, hospitality, real estate, construction, professional sports, insurance, technology, education, retail, professional services, food products, and financial institutions.
Examples of our recent achievements include:
- Wrongful Termination Represented a high elected official in state government in connection with an alleged claim from a former employee accusing our client of wrongfully terminating her employment in violation of public policy. A one-week jury trial produced a favorable verdict for our client.
- Sexual Harassment Represented a former White House official charged with sexual harassment in a jury trial in which the plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages. The jury ruled in our client’s favor on the sexual harassment claim and on his counterclaim. The defense verdict imposed no damages against our client.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Litigation Represented a government agency in a series of discrimination claims filed in federal and state courts, culminating in a four-week jury trial in which we defended the client from First Amendment, disability discrimination, and retaliation claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act.
- Non-Competition Litigation Represented a client who sold his business and became an employee of the new owner. When our client was terminated for allegedly breaching a noncompetition agreement, we recovered a judgment of $4.8 million for our client.