Employment, Labor & Benefits

Employment Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Employers of all sizes and in every industry face increasing legal exposure as state and federal legislation becomes more protective of employees. Increasingly, some employment issues will end up in litigation — even for employers following best practices in managing their workforce. In those instances, it is more important than ever for your business to have experienced employment litigators on your side to put you in the best position to represent and protect your interests.

Our Employment Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice includes attorneys who are in court defending employers on a daily basis. Whether you face a single-plaintiff discrimination claim, a wage and hour class action, a noncompete case, or other issue, our attorneys have the depth of experience and knowledge required to ensure that your interests are protected. We have represented employers in some of the toughest and most complex employment litigations, including nationwide wage and hour class actions, high-stakes noncompetition and trade secret litigation, and harassment and discrimination cases. We also routinely represent clients in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, and counsel our clients on the most effective ways to ensure that any litigation they face is resolved as quickly and as favorably as possible.

Quick Facts

  • Represent clients in all types of employment-related litigation, including discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, noncompete enforcement and defense, and wage and hour disputes
  • Significant wage and hour class action experience involving overtime, misclassification, and “off the clock” claims filed in both federal and state courts
  • Tried to judgment or verdict dozens of cases
  • Experienced before the Federal Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state antidiscrimination agencies
  • Represented clients in dozens of arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, FINRA, JAMS, and other forums
  • Clients include public and private sector organizations, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and major hospital systems
Case Study: World’s Leading Provider of HR solutions

We represented our client, an HR solutions company, in Massachusetts federal court on claims for federal and state overtime violations. We obtained dismissal of the plaintiffs’ claims alleging nonpayment of overtime and training time wages to temporary pickup and delivery drivers who claimed joint employment by our client and a large logistics services company.

Case Study: Cambridge Health Alliance

We currently represent a large health care system in Massachusetts federal court. The case involves federal and state overtime and “off-the-clock” claims. We obtained dismissal of all state overtime claims for unionized class members on federal labor law preemption grounds, as well as all state overtime claims for all employees based on the Massachusetts hospital exemption.

Case Study: Large Wireless Services Company

We represented the nation’s largest cell tower construction company in AAA arbitration filed by two female employees alleging claims for sexual harassment, retaliation, and gender discrimination. After a three-week arbitration before a seasoned employment arbitrator, involving dozens of witnesses, we obtained judgment in our client’s favor on all claims.

Representative Experience

  • In a hybrid Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action and state wage law class action, we successfully opposed plaintiff’s motion for conditional certification of FLSA class against a community health care system.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 company in a class action brought by former employees alleging harm from workplace exposure to PCBs. Obtained dismissal after discovery on grounds of workers’ compensation immunity in precedent-setting case involving exceptions to the statutory employer’s immunity under Massachusetts law.
  • Successfully represented a trade association and its former executive director in a highly publicized defamation suit by a former employee.