Employment Liability

Employers sometimes find themselves accused of wrongdoing by employees. Employment litigation can be costly and damaging to a company's reputation. Litchfield Cavo LLP is a highly capable, determined advocate for employers facing these claims.

The firm has demonstrated its successful employment liability defense in state and federal courts across the United States on behalf of government entities and businesses of all sizes. Our attorneys also represent employers in claims before administrative boards and regulatory agencies, such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and state and local human relations authorities.

We possess the knowledge and experience to counsel employers in human resources matters and to conduct comprehensive analyses of internal and external claims.

In addition to our considerable trial record, we routinely resolve employment law disputes through mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

An ounce of prevention

Our attorneys believe in a proactive approach to litigation. In an effort to protect clients from future employee complaints, the firm evaluates personnel manuals, employment practices and employment contracts, providing thorough risk analysis and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws. Additionally, our firm conducts employee awareness training sessions and seminars to prevent future discrimination claims.

Our guidance for employers addresses the following issues:

  • All forms of discrimination
    • Race
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Disability
    • Religion
    • Sexual orientation
  • Retaliation
  • Defamation
  • Intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Breach of employment contract
  • Failure to pay commissions
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Failure to accommodate

In addition, insurer clients rely on our coverage analysis for employment practices liability insurance, general liability and umbrella policy claims.

Our employment law defense record

Litchfield Cavo has litigated hundreds of employment disputes. Our experience includes the following cases:

  • Defended a major insurance broker against claims of age and race discrimination and retaliation by a former employee.
  • Defended a dental office accused of maintaining a hostile environment by permitting sexual jokes and banter.
  • Defended police departments accused of discriminating against pregnant police officers and female officers in general and other wrongful discharge claims.
  • Defended a college accused of failing to provide accommodation for Muslim prayers during working hours, discriminating on the basis of age, race, gender and disability, defamation relating to a former athletic coach and retaliating against former or current employees.
  • Defended Japanese and U.S. manufacturers against claims regarding classification of exempt and nonexempt workers.
  • Defended construction contractors against claims of same-sex harassment and class actions brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging systemic discrimination against Hispanic workers.
  • Defended financial institutions accused of age and disability discrimination.