Employment Litigation

Overview

Whitfield & Eddy lawyers defend a variety of employment claims and lawsuits every year. Our attorneys represent employers before state and federal agencies, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts. We can also seek resolution at the earliest possible juncture, via early case assessment and/or alternative dispute resolution, if the case can be resolved in a reasonable manner short of trial.

Our lawyers recognize that litigation can be an extremely time-consuming and disruptive process for many clients. As such, our attorneys use their experience to help our clients avoid employment claims, and to strategically position litigation cases for early dismissal or resolution.

Services

  • Breach of employment contracts
  • Civil rights litigation
  • Class action litigation
  • Discrimination
    • Age discrimination, including claims arising out of business restructuring such as reductions-in-force and severance programs
    • Disability discrimination and failure to accommodate claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Iowa Civil Rights Act, and Federal Rehabilitation Act
    • Race discrimination and national origin discrimination including disparate treatment and disparate impact claims
    • Religious discrimination and accommodations
    • Sex discrimination, including harassment and equal pay claims
    • Sexual preference and identity claims under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and Title VII
  • Employee benefits and ERISA
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Non-compete agreements
  • OSHA litigations, administrative proceedings, and litigation
  • Professional licensure matters
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade secrets
  • Unemployment claims and appeals
  • Wage and hour investigations, administrative proceedings, and litigation
  • Workplace privacy issues

Cases and Transactions

  • We have successfully handled a substantial number of employment discrimination lawsuits, including recently defending an ADA action that addressed a disability issue of first impression in our federal circuit court in a case which was appealed twice to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, concluding only after the plaintiff’s Petition for Writ of Certiori before the U.S. Supreme Court was denied.

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