Despite their best efforts at prevention, many employers will face litigation in the courtroom or an administrative complaint before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or its state-level counterpart, such as the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, in which a claim of employment discrimination is made based on one of the many categories protected by law. Or perhaps the difficult decision of closing a facility will be compounded by a lawsuit claiming violation of federal or state plant closing legislation, or a benefits dispute will lead to ERISA litigation. Additionally, we provide representation, guidance, insight and support when clients are subjected to investigations and audits by agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the U.S. Office for Civil Rights.
Our attorneys approach the matters entrusted to us with the same goal: dismissal of the matter in favor of the client in the pre-trial stages. When matters are pursued in the court systems, we have a record of success in achieving summary judgment for our clients, thus avoiding the cost, aggravation distraction and risk of a trial before a judge or jury. In the event the matter must be tried, however, you can count on aggressive and effective representation by our employment law litigators.
Employers who do not take seriously the administrative processes currently in place at the federal or state level sometimes overlook important factual information or fail to raise legitimate legal arguments. Since the administrative step can be merely a prelude to litigation, attorney involvement – either as your known representative or assisting with your investigation and critiquing your response behind the scenes – is highly advised.