Employment Counseling & Litigation
The Labor and Employment Law practice group counsel employers in the many aspects of the employment process, from the initial steps of recruiting to the final stages of termination. Our goal is to provide timely advice to allow our clients to achieve their business goals within the confines of the varied and complex employment law environment. Our attorneys are recognized experts, trusted by our clients and peers to provide sound advice to help resolve problems with a high degree of efficiency.
We can assist in the development and implementation of preventive management practices for employers designed to reduce the likelihood of labor relations problems; counsel employers on the labor and employment implications arising from corporate acquisitions, consolidations and divestitures. In addition, the Labor and Employment practice group can assist in insuring compliance with wage and hour regulations and immigration requirements.
The Labor and Employment practice group has a history of aggressively defending both public and private employers in claims arising under Title VII and in age discrimination, disability, family leave, sexual harassment and wrongful discharge cases. We have represented both employers and employees in claims for violation of restrictive covenants and dissemination of trade secrets and confidential information. Our clients include companies involved in manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, government, retail services and technology-related services.
Policies and Procedures Development
We regularly assist employers in the development of employment policies and procedures necessary to comply with a myriad of federal and state employment legislation. In this connection, our attorneys have provided advice and representation in matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, drug testing, immigration compliance, WARN, affirmative action plans, as well as a myriad of state and local compliance matters. Finally, the drafting, editing, and updating of Employee Handbooks for employers to insure coverage of and compliance with legal requirements including procedures and policies for the handling of all types of discrimination or harassment investigations.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Spalding County, Southeast United Diary Industry Association, LifeLink Foundation, Timber Products Inspection, Epps Aviation, Eagle Parking, Ross Lane & Company
TRACK RECORD OF EXCELLENCE:
- In Camara v. Epps Air Service, Inc., ___ F. Supp. 3d ___, 2017 WL 5467153 (N.D. Ga. 2017), MF&L successfully defended Epps Air Service, Inc. against a claim of religious discrimination.
- In Cameau v. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, 2015 WL 11142458 (N.D. Ga. 2015), MF&L secured a defense verdict for MARTA in a case involving a claim of religious discrimination.
- In Nzekwe v. MARTA, 2015 WL 12851537 (N.D. Ga. 2015), MF&L successfully obtained summary judgment on a claim of discrimination based upon race and national origin.
- In Coker v. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, 559 Fed. Appx. 868 (11th Cir. 2014), MF&L achieved a victory in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of MARTA in a case claiming gender discrimination.
RELATED PRACTICE AREAS
Business Transactions, Corporate Planning & General Counseling