Employment

Employers who are successful in avoiding employment disputes are most often those who possess the foresight to anticipate potential problems before they arise. When the inevitable occurs, these employers are positioned to deal with issues proactively and with confidence. Carefully crafted compliance programs are a must in today’s business environment. These programs, coupled with a well-planned, well-executed contingency process, will result in substantial savings – in time, money and brand equity – compared to the substantial risk and exposure often associated with drawn-out, highly publicized litigation.

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi’s Employment Group advises companies of all sizes and provides experienced counsel to help navigate the complex maze of federal and state employment laws and regulations. Our attorneys help minimize our clients’ exposure to employment claims, including litigation relating to discrimination, harassment or retaliation lawsuits and other potentially costly actions. In cases where litigation cannot be avoided, our seasoned employment litigation team is prepared to vigorously represent clients in federal and state courts as well as in administrative proceedings before federal and state agencies. Our highly regarded Employment Group was recently recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

Our Employment Group attorneys handle a broad range of issues faced by businesses. Our representations include matters relating to:

  • Sexual and workplace harassment
  • Age, race, gender, disability and religious discrimination
  • Whistleblower or other forms of alleged retaliation
  • Wrongful discharge and breach of employment agreements, including restrictive covenants
  • Putative collective and class actions under state and federal law
  • Department of Labor audits
  • Development and implementation of employment policies
  • Production of employee manuals and forms
  • Preparation and review of employee contracts, separation and severance agreements, confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, and policy statements
  • Management training programs
  • Corporate counseling
  • Employer/employee relations negotiation and counseling