Employment Litigation

Even the best companies get sued. Our defense team is here to help. Our attorneys defend companies at all levels of federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies and tribunals.

Our litigation experience is vast, and includes lawsuits related to the following:

  • Harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
  • Whistleblowing
  • Wage and hour claims, including class actions
  • Family and medical leave laws, and disability claims
  • Wrongful termination
  • Torts, such as business interference and infliction of emotional distress
  • Employment contracts, pensions, and employee benefits
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Employee mobility matters, such as non-compete and non-solicit agreements

Tonkon Torp Secures Complete Victory – and Wins Attorneys’ Fees – in Employment Litigation Matter for Sunshine Retirement Living

In a very rare decision by a federal court, Tonkon Torp partner Haley Morrison won attorneys’ fees for the defense in a case alleging state and federal discrimination and retaliation claims. Morrison, along with local counsel from Troutman Pepper’s Atlanta office, defended Sunshine Retirement Living in the case brought by a former employee, before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Fashion House Dooney & Bourke Wins with Tonkon Torp

Tonkon Torp trial attorneys Scott Seidman and Colin Geiger were victorious in defending Dooney & Bourke, Inc., in a wage claims trial in the U. S. District Court in Portland. Find details and more featured cases here.

Breaking: Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers Forthcoming

The Biden Administration is set to announce sweeping COVID-19 vaccination requirements that will affect large employers and millions of employees across the country. The mandate extends to all employers with more than 100 workers, requiring such…
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Mandatory Vaccination Coming Soon for Oregon Healthcare Workers

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a new administrative rule following Governor Kate Brown’s recent announcement that Oregon’s vaccination requirement for healthcare workers will no longer offer a testing alternative. Instead, effective…
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Time to Check in on Oregon’s Workplace Fairness Act

It has been just over two years since Governor Brown signed the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (OWFA) into law on June 11, 2019.
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Top Five Bills Impacting Oregon Employers

Five significant employment-related bills have been signed into law so far this legislative session. Some of these bills were a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the bills will have a substantial impact on how employees are treated by…
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Those Mask Rules Just Keep Changing

Well, we just issued a Tip yesterday telling you that despite the CDC and Governor Brown saying no masks are required in public places for vaccinated people, Oregon OSHA still requires you to have them at work. Not so fast, says the Oregon Health…
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Oregon Employers: Masks Still Required at Places of Employment

By now, most of you are aware of the guidance issued by the CDC, which has rescinded the mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals in public settings, both outdoors and indoors, with limited exceptions.
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Update on Proposed Oregon Legislation – What Employers Need to Know

For this second installment in our legislative update series we have a status report on the employment-related bills discussed in our previous alert, as well as a survey of the bills that have since been introduced related to the employment arena.
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What Employers Need to Know About the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which became law on March 11, 2021, extends the incentive to employers to provide paid time away from work for COVID-related reasons.
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What the 2021 Oregon Legislature Has in Store for Employment Law

The Oregon Legislature has now begun to meet for the 2021 Regular Session. We want to make you aware of a number of interesting bills which could impact the employment arena.
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A Far-Flung Workforce is the Post-COVID New Normal

In less than a year, Covid-19 changed nearly everything across the globe. And one of its major impacts was the definition of workplace. In March, the coronavirus pandemic sent U.S. employers scrambling to keep their businesses afloat and their…
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Webinar: How to Handle Vaccine Mandates

The COVID landscape continues to be ever changing, and vaccine mandates only add another layer of complexity for employers. Join Labor & Employment Chair Kristin Bremer Moore and Partner Clay Creps as they discuss implementing policies surrounding…
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Annual Labor & Employment Event

Constantly shifting legal guidelines, economic uncertainty, professional challenges, and personal stress have made for a tough last 15+ months for employers. Tonkon Torp lawyers are here to help.
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How to Implement OR-OSHA's COVID-19 Rule

Join our Labor & Employment group on November 10 at 10:00 AM as we discuss OR-OSHA's Temporary COVID-19 Rule. OR-OSHA intends to adopt the Rule this week and, when adopted, many of its provisions will take effect 10 days after adoption. The Rule will…
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Coffee Break Series: Preparing to Reopen

Tonkon Torp's Coffee Break educational series for employers continues with a new batch of webinars. Each discussion will include a Q&A session with attendees. Join us for this informative series and be prepared for the next stage of our new normal.
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Labor and Employment: Coffee Break Series

Tonkon Torp has launched a Coffee Break educational series for employers and we hope you can join us. The series will focus on the challenges employers will face as they reopen their business.
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Webinar - FAQs for Employers in the COVID-19 Reality

On Friday, April 10, at 12:00 PM, Blerina Kotori and Clay Creps of Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group will address Frequently Asked Questions in a webinar moderated by business attorney Sherrill Corbett.
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Tonkon Torp Welcomes Four Attorneys

Tonkon Torp LLP has welcomed four new attorneys to practice groups throughout the firm.
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Labor & Employment Attorneys Provide Update on Vaccine Rules for Healthcare Workers

On September 14, labor and employment partners Kristin Bremer Moore and Clay Creps hosted a webinar to brief healthcare employers on the recent vaccine mandates by Governor Brown and President Biden.
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Carlie Bacon Joins Tonkon Torp Labor & Employment Practice Group

Tonkon Torp LLP welcomes Carlie Bacon to the firm as an associate in its Labor & Employment Practice Group. Bacon has substantial experience representing employers in state and federal court, and before regulatory agencies in numerous jurisdictions…
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Best Lawyers in America® Names 13 Tonkon Torp Attorneys to 2022 Ones to Watch List

Thirteen Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 13 practice groups have been selected to appear in Best Lawyers' 2022 Ones to Watch directory.
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Three Tonkon Torp Partners Named Portland Lawyer of the Year

Three Tonkon Torp partners have been named Portland Lawyer of the Year in their respective specialties by Best Lawyers in America 2022.
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Best Lawyers in America® Includes 53 Tonkon Torp Attorneys on 2022 List

Fifty-three Tonkon Torp lawyers representing 39 practice areas have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022
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Parna Mehrbani Presents the Case for a Diverse Workforce

Partner Parna Mehrbani was the closing speaker at Tonkon Torp’s Annual Labor & Employment Event, held virtually on June 9. Parna focused her talk on recommendations for what employers can do to encourage inclusiveness and retain employees of color.
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Clay Creps Provides Oregon Employment Law Legislative Update

At Tonkon Torp’s Annual Labor & Employment Event, partner Clay Creps provided a legislative update on employment-related laws moving through the current Oregon legislative session.
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Kristin Bremer Moore Looks at Labor Law Under Biden

At Tonkon Torp’s June 9 Annual Labor & Employment Event, partner Kristin Bremer Moore shared insight into anticipated changes to labor law and the National Labor Relations Act (the Act) that will be pursued by the Biden administration.
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Chris Morehead Guides Employers through Oregon’s Workplace Fairness Act

Tonkon Torp attorney Chris Morehead led a session on the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (OWFA) during the annual Labor & Employment Event, held virtually on June 9. During his session, Chris unpacked key elements of the OWFA, which was passed to…
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