Lawyers in Watkins & Eager's Employment and Labor group regularly handle employment-related litigation before federal and state courts. This work includes removal and summary judgment practice and jury trials in individual, class and collective action litigation. We defend employers in cases brought under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and other federal statutory schemes, state-law contract, wrongful discharge and employment tort actions. We represent parties in restrictive covenant disputes and litigation. A significant portion of our practice also involves defending employers in individual and class claims brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Watkins & Eager lawyers defend employers in all phases of employment-related administrative practice, including claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, National Labor Relations Board, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Labor, including Wage/Hour Division. This work includes investigation of claims, preparation and filing of position submissions, on-site investigations and fact-finding conferences. We regularly represent employers in unfair labor practice charges brought before the National Labor Relations Board in various regional offices and related administrative trials. We prepare and update employer affirmative action programs and represent employers in on-site audits and investigations initiated by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. We also handle claims filed with the Wage/Hour Division of the Department of Labor.