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Employment Discrimination Litigation

Spencer Fane Labor and Employment attorneys work with employers of all sizes to prevent the potential for discrimination lawsuits, and satisfactorily resolve matters when claims are made. We help business leaders keep the focus on successful operations and away from worry about potentially damaging, high-stakes litigation related to employment practices.

Companies facing claims of discrimination can incur significant financial and reputational damages — up to and including going out of business. Employment issues occur for large employers and small employers with or without a human resources department, and because of this, owners and managers involved can have their personal reputations at stake and risk damage to employee relationships, especially when handling hot-button cultural issues.

Our attorneys provide training to managers and supervisors and help develop effective policies, procedures, and employee handbooks that teach them how to comply with employment laws, and how to better communicate in the workplace. Our goal is not only to avoid or defend lawsuits but assist clients in building better employee relationships that strengthen their business and keep them out of the courtroom.

However, when a company ends up in a lawsuit, we defend clients from the start of an investigation through trial and appeal to dealing with possible civil enforcement actions. Spencer Fane litigates issues surrounding all aspects of the employment relationship, including ADA, ADEA, FMLA, Title VII, §1981, employment contracts, public policy retaliation, workers’ compensation retaliation, and more.

We work efficiently to resolve cases in whatever manner best suits the client’s objectives, whether that involves taking the case to trial, filing to dismiss, or a solution somewhere in between. Our attorneys understand that not every employment discrimination matter has the same outcome nor needs the same outcome.

Our attorneys understand the clients’ business objectives because we build relationships and work with company leaders in an effort to cover all labor and employment needs. We help our clients determine the best outcome possible when dealing with a discrimination lawsuit based on the unique circumstances of each case.

Representative experience

  • Defended a hospital in a harassment claim brought by a nurse against her supervisor.
  • Reached a successful resolution for an employer sued by an employee who alleged ADA discrimination, FMLA interference/discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.
  • Obtained a complete defense verdict from a jury in a lawsuit involving the alleged wrongful termination of a teacher.