Employment Litigation

We represent employers and employees in a wide range of claims and disputes concerning employment matters in state and federal courts, before state and federal administrative agencies, and in arbitration proceedings. Our experienced employment litigation attorneys represent plaintiffs and defendants in discrimination and harassment matters of all types, as well as disputes over employment agreements, severance agreements, and non-compete and confidentiality provisions. We also counsel clients on risk management and litigation avoidance strategies.

In an area where the law is constantly changing and litigation often involves complex, sensitive issues and expert testimony from industrial psychologists and economists, we are well-versed in the many employment laws, including the ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment), the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), and the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), as well as the specific and often complex procedural requirements for each statute.

RKPT litigators appear regularly in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, as well as before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor, state Civil Rights Commissions, and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. We are well-respected for our professionalism, integrity, and preparedness. Skilled trial lawyers, effective negotiators, and thorough investigators, we have also achieved favorable results for our clients using alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation.

Recognizing that claims of employment law violations can be extremely harmful to one’s reputation and that the potential penalties can be significant, our employment litigation team uses its considerable experience to deliver successful outcomes with creativity, agility, responsiveness and efficiency.

Our Employment Litigation Services:

Contract Disputes

We represent both employers and current and former employees in disputes over employment agreements, severance agreements, as well as non-compete and confidentiality provisions. Our employment litigation lawyers bring personalized attention and a thoughtful, creative approach to every matter we handle, tailoring our advice to our clients’ specific needs and business objectives to achieve the best possible outcome at a reasonable cost.

While we try to resolve cases for our clients without having to go through a trial, if a trial is necessary, we enter the courtroom with a mastery of both the facts of the case and the relevant law. Our goal at trial is a focused, logical, concise, and persuasive presentation to the judge or jury hearing the case.

Discrimination and Harassment Claims

At RKPT, we defend employers against and represent current and former employees claiming allegations of all forms of discrimination, including race and ethnic origin, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. We handle cases alleging intentional discrimination, disparate impact, harassment based on a protected characteristic, hostile work environment, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, retaliation, wrongful termination and unlawful employment policies or practices (involving recruitment, hiring, assignment, or promotion).

We represent plaintiffs and defendants in claims filed by an employee with the EEOC or other government agency, as well as cases being pursued in a state or federal employment lawsuit. From early assessment of claims, to navigating the claim investigation, to conducting discovery and preparing applicable motions, negotiating a resolution or trying the case, and handling any enforcement issues, we provide practical advice and sound counsel to our clients throughout the process.

Other Employment Litigation Matters

We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in claims alleging:

  • Wage-hour pay, classification, and overtime violations
  • Entitlement to employee benefits
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information
  • Unfair competition
  • Workplace safety violations
  • Wrongful termination and retaliation
  • Defamation and other employment-related torts

Risk Management/Litigation Avoidance

Always proactive and responsive in our approach to legal problem-solving, we regularly counsel employers on risk prevention and other pre-litigation matters, including the legal ramifications of contemplated human resources decisions and ensuring compliance with ever-changing employment laws and regulations.

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For more information on our employment litigation services, we welcome you to contact us.

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