Employment and Civil Rights
Employment and civil rights laws are designed to ensure that individual rights are protected in the workplace and in society at large. In the workplace, such laws prohibit an employer from firing or refusing to hire someone because of illegal grounds such as discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or other protected status. The law also prohibits harassment in the workplace or retaliation based on these illegal grounds.
Our Employment Group is well qualified by training and experience to address such issues. Our attorneys represent employers and claimants in employment discrimination and civil rights cases, and in labor matters, in the courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in administrative proceedings. We have handled discrimination claims based on race, age, gender, disability, and religion. We also have experience with employment matters involving sexual harassment claims, wrongful termination and retaliation claims, ERISA benefits claims, whistle blower law violations, wage and hour statutes, the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
We have further provided substantial work on behalf of employers and employees in negotiating severance/separation agreements, counseling, assisting in administering terminations and layoffs, and other employment related issues. Our attorneys are proactive and seek to ensure that employers have the proper policies and procedures in place for purposes of legal compliance. In this regard, our attorneys can assist in the preparation of employee handbooks and related promulgation.