Labor and Employment

 

LGWM’s Labor and Employment Practice Group (“L&E Group”) provides a wide range of services to LGWM’s clients in all areas of employment law. The L&E team consists of experienced litigation lawyers who have litigated cases before government agencies and state and federal courts throughout the Southeastern United States. The L&E Group regularly defends employers against claims of employment discrimination under state and federal law, including defense against claims of race, national origin, gender, religious, disability, and age discrimination; claims of discrimination based on service in the military; claims of harassment; claims of retaliation; claims for breach of contract; claims regarding employee benefits; and claims of defamation and other employment torts. The L&E Group has represented employers of all types and sizes, public and private, from various industries, including restaurants, hotels, food distributors, franchise owners, manufacturing facilities, security companies, temporary agencies, professional employer organizations, educational institutions, financial institutions, school systems, school boards, and non-profit employers.

 

The defense of employment discrimination claims is the focal point of the L&E Group’s practice. The L&E Group frequently defends employers before administrative and governmental agencies and state and federal courts with regard to claims of race discrimination and national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and § 1981, claims of gender discrimination under Title VII and the Equal Pay Act, claims of disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, (“ADA”) claims of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), claims of discrimination based on military service under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”) and other state age discrimination statutes, claims of religious discrimination under Title VII, claims for violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”), and claims for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The L&E Group also regularly defends clients against claims of retaliation asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, § 1981, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other various state and federal statutes.

 

While a large part of the L&E Group’s practice is devoted to defense of administrative charges and litigation, the L&E Group also focuses on helping LGWM’s clients avoid lawsuits. The L&E Group understands education is crucial to lawsuit prevention in the employment setting and works closely with employers to avoid litigation by providing preventive counseling, supervisory and managerial instruction, employee training, and policy preparation and implementation. The L&E Group also assists employers in preparing employment contracts and restrictive covenants.

 

If our Labor and Employment Practice Group can assist you in any manner, please contact:

Taffi Stewart
tstewart@lgwmlaw.com
(205) 967-8822

 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented non-profit corporation with facilities throughout the Southeast against multiple administrative charges and lawsuits involving claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination, religious discrimination and retaliation under Title VII; claims of disability discrimination under the ADA; claims of age discrimination under the ADEA; claims for alleged violations of the FMLA; and claims for alleged violations of FLSA, including individual and collective actions.
  • Represented civil service board in numerous administrative proceedings and multiple lawsuits regarding claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination, national origin discrimination, religious discrimination and retaliation under Title VII; race discrimination under § 1981 and § 1983; disability discrimination under the ADA; age discrimination under the ADEA; and for violations of the FMLA.
  • Represented school board of education with regard to issues of educational law and multiple charges and lawsuits involving claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination, national origin discrimination, religious discrimination and retaliation under Title VII; claims of disability discrimination under the ADA; and claims of age discrimination under the ADEA.
  • Represented large commercial real estate firm and its executives against claims of sexual harassment under Title VII.
  • Represented national movie chain against multiple administrative charges and lawsuits involving claims of race discrimination under Title VII and § 1981.
  • Represented nationwide financial institution in multiple administrative and litigation matters involving claims of race and gender discrimination under Title VII and disability discrimination under the ADA.
  • Represented television station and broadcasting company in multiple matters involving claims of sex discrimination under Title VII and breaches of alleged employment contracts.
  • Represented various government subcontractors against lawsuits involving claims of age discrimination under Alabama’s Age Discrimination in Employment Act, sexual harassment under Title VII, and race discrimination under Title VII and § 1981.
  • Represented city civic center against multiple claims of pay discrimination under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII.
  • Represented carton manufacturing facility with regard to lawsuits involving claims of retaliatory discharge under Alabama’s Worker’s Compensation Act.
  • Represented well-known restaurant and fast food franchise in lawsuits involving claims of race discrimination under Title VII § 1981, sex discrimination under Title VII, disability discrimination under the ADA, and for violations of the FMLA and FLSA.
  • Represented steel fabrication and manufacturing facility against claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation under Title VII; claims of race discrimination under § 1981; claims of disability discrimination under the ADA; and claims of age discrimination under the ADEA.
  • Represented various regional and national security companies against multiple administrative charges and lawsuits involving claims of race discrimination under Title VII and § 1981; sex discrimination, sexual harassment, religious discrimination, national origin discrimination and retaliation under Title VII; disability discrimination under the ADA; age discrimination under the ADEA, and violations of the FLSA and FMLA.
  • Represented employer against claims of wrongful discharge and discrimination under USERRA.

Department Head


Taffi Stewart
tstewart@lgwmlaw.com
205-967-8822