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Employment Law

Employers often feel that employment and HR problems are simply a time bomb waiting to explode. And we understand that employment litigation can be both costly and time consuming, which ultimately affects the bottom-line.

We, therefore, proactively collaborate with our business clients to develop practical employment policies and strategies intended to avoid or minimize the risk of employment lawsuits or charges of discrimination by state and federal employment agencies.

Or if an employment issue has already ignited, we have the experience to defend your company against employment lawsuits or state and federal agency charges of violating discrimination and other employment laws.  

Collaborating with Employers to Respond to Employment Challenges from Hiring to Firing and Everything in Between.

Specifically, we focus on working closely with companies to provide HR professionals and management with practical, business-minded guidance on all aspects of the employment relationship – from hiring to firing. By focusing on employment law solutions and best practices, you can focus on your business - not defending it in litigation.

But if litigation cannot be avoided, we also provide employers with experienced trial lawyers who have successfully and efficiently defended employment related claims in state and federal courts, including discrimination, sexual harassment, and whistleblower claims.  

Our employment law services include:

  • Drafting employee confidentiality, invention and non-competition agreements;
  • Drafting social media, email, and technology policies that minimize risks, including Internet defamation, disclosure of confidential information, and inadvertent or unenforceable contract formation;
  • Reviewing employment policies and procedures to ensure compliance and to recommend "best practices" to reduce the risks of employment litigation;
  • Drafting and advising on non-compete agreements; 
  • Drafting employee handbooks, manuals and technology policies or to update existing HR policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance with current state and federal law or in advance of emerging trends;
  • Investigating suspected employee misconduct, including wrongful conduct involving computers and the Internet and investigating such conduct while related criminal charges against current and former employees were being pursued by state and federal authorities; and
  • Providing supervisor, manager, and employee training on various topics, including sexual harassment and discrimination.

Employment Litigation

If litigation is necessary, we provide our business clients with the state and federal trial experience to defend your interests. This employment litigation experience ranges from claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PDCRA) and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), retaliation and whistle blower claims, sexual harassment, reverse race discrimination, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as trade secret misappropriation claims, breach of non-compete agreements, and negligent hiring claims.

Our attorneys also assist and often take the lead to investigate employee misconduct, workplace violence issues, and computer or Internet misconduct. Our employment law attorneys have also successfully worked with employers having to respond to situations where criminal charges against current and former employees were being pursued by state and federal authorities. 

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