Mr. Darden serves as the firm’s managing partner and as chair of the Labor and Employment practice group. He defends employers and their Employment Practices Liability Insurance carriers (if applicable) in lawsuits and before administrative agencies in disputes involving employment practices liability. Such cases involve claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour entitlement, and workplace safety.
Mr. Darden also maintains a traditional labor relations practice. He acts as a client spokesperson in collective bargaining negotiations, handles unfair labor practice charge proceedings, and advises clients regarding election petitions before the National Labor Relations Board in matters involving the development of campaign strategy and educational campaigns, consultation regarding employee relations, and maintaining a union-free environment.
Clients are aggressively defended in state, federal, and appellate courts on a range of employment disputes. Mr. Darden represents clients in labor and employment administrative matters before state and federal agencies, including:
- S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- National Labor Relations Board
- S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
- Tennessee Human Rights Commission
- Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
With his strong advocacy, analytical, and communication skills combined with his labor relations experience, Mr. Darden is available to serve as an effective neutral mediator in the employment arena, in business-related matters, and in disputes that could lead to lawsuits or that are already pending in court. He also employs effective mediation advocacy on behalf of clients.