Employment Litigation

When a workplace dispute escalates, we help employers get the problem resolved. Whether settling out of court or through successful representation at trial or on appeal, our attorneys are experienced with defending employment claims before all levels of federal and state courts or agencies.

Our experience includes working on the following kinds of issues:

  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Retaliation and whistleblowing claims
  • Wage and hour claims, including class actions
  • Disability discrimination and accommodation
  • Family and medical leave claims
  • Wrongful termination and related tort and contract claims
  • Employment contracts
  • Pension and employee benefits
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets and enforcement of non-competition agreements

Reopening the Pacific Northwest: A Checklist for Employers

With Governors Brown and Inslee announcing their respective phased approaches to reopening the Oregon and Washington economies, employers need to start planning for how they will resume operations in a safe and legally-compliant manner given the…
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New DOL Guidance on Joint Employers, Summer School Closures, and Domestic Workers

The Department of Labor released new Q&A guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Among other things, the guidance provides new insight on various coverage issues relating to whether domestic service workers are covered…
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Governor Releases Phase One Reopening Guidance for Oregon Employers

On May 7, 2020, Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a series of guidelines and resources concerning the prerequisites to “Reopen Oregon.” Among the guidelines, and of immediate interest to many Oregon employers, is the…
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Further DOL Guidance on Interaction Between EPSL, EFMLA, and Employer-Provided Leave

On April 20, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released further Q&A guidance (questions 80-88) regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
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DOL Issues Corrections to FFCRA Regulations

The Department of Labor ("DOL") issued corrections to the regulations implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. While most of DOL’s corrections are technical, one of them is significant and clarifies whether employers can require…
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Pre-Employment Drug Screening Policies Are Changing for Oregon Employers

While the use of cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, 33 states now allow medical use and 11 of those states and Washington, D.C. have also legalized recreational use.
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OSHA Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Recordkeeping, Work-Relatedness Determinations

Recognizing the difficulty in assessing whether an employee contracted COVID-19 at work, OSHA released interim guidance on April 10, 2020 for how it will enforce its recordkeeping requirements. This guidance should be of interest to employers who are…
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DOL Releases Fourth Round of Q&A Guidance

On April 3, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its fourth round of Guidance regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in Q&A format. The new Guidance was released on the heels of the DOL’s 125-page temporary rule, our…
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DOL Announces Temporary Rules for FFCRA

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a 125-page temporary rule to implement emergency leave laws under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The temporary rule, which largely reflects the DOL’s previously released…
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How to Manage Layoffs During COVID-19

Terminating swaths of employees is difficult for a number of reasons. For many, the hardest part is telling loyal, hardworking employees that the company simply cannot afford to keep paying them, knowing that these employees are suddenly facing large…
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