Employer Defense

Seattle Employer Defense Attorneys

Businesses involved in a lawsuit face significant disruptions and sometimes devastating financial consequences.

The employment attorneys at Emery Reddy provide expert, comprehensive advisory and litigation services for both large and small employers, and will aggressively fight to protect your interests. We emphasize proactive and preventive law, devoting a significant part of our legal practice to helping clients achieve positive employee-relations while anticipating and reducing the potential risks inherent in today’s workplace.

We seek to minimize your business’s exposure to issues involving discrimination and wrongful termination claims, wage disputes, union issues, worker’s rights, and compliance with FMLA and ADA legislation. However, if disputes surface we offer the highest level of representation for employment law claims. Our goal is to reduce disruption to your daily business operations by quickly resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation and arbitration, but we are committed to defending your rights using whatever measures are necessary, including aggressive litigation in judicial proceedings.

We invite you to contact our employment attorneys to help you avoid liability or defend your business against claims.

 

Workers’ Compensation and Labor & Industry (L&I) claims

The Workers’ Compensation system provides specific benefits to which injured employees are entitled, and establishes procedures for obtaining those benefits. Workers’ compensation laws are not uniform across states or workplaces; special laws exist for employees of the federal government, while others apply to workers in specific industries (such as railroad employees). The system offers a valuable safety net for employees, ensuring that injuries sustained on the job are compensated by fixed monetary awards without the need of litigating claims against employers. However, if you are facing employee allegations involving L&I or the Workers’ Compensation system, our employer defense attorneys can help protect your rights and interests.

 

Wage Disputes

Wage and hour disputes involve any situation where an employee alleges that he or she has not been fully compensated for work. Our employment law experts handle all forms of wage and hour disputes, including those related to overtime claims, minimum wage, claims involving commission payments, Equal Pay Act violations, employee allegations of being coerced to work off the clock, wage and hour claims involving immigrant labor, and many others.

If a worker has made a wage claim against your business, we can help.

 

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act requires covered employers to grant eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for childbirth and newborn care; for arranging adoption or foster care, for the care of an immediate family member suffering from serious health conditions; or for the employee’s own leave when a serious medical condition renders that individual incapable of working. New FMLA provisions involving military personnel and their families have gone into effect in 2009.

Our Seattle employment attorneys can handle all business matters involving FMLA, from routine concerns to complex disputes.

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), employers are prohibited from discriminating against individuals based on disability or perceived disability. Disability under the act is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” Whether a particular condition qualifies as a disability is determined on a case-by-case basis. Federal and state disability discrimination laws apply to business practices from the initial application and hiring process, to matters concerning pay, benefits, promotion, and termination of employment.

Washington law and federal law also require businesses to make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers. The employment attorneys at Emery Reddy provide legal services for all kinds of disability claims and disputes. If your business is facing allegations of disability discrimination by a current or former employee, we invite you to contact our Seattle firm.

 

Wrongful Termination, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

Discrimination, termination and harassment claims take many forms and involve a complex set of factors. Plaintiffs may seek everything from compensation for lost wages and benefits to emotional distress damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, and reinstatement of employment. Regardless of the size and complexity of a case, the stakes are always high for employers, since the consequences of a failed defense involve both financial damages and damages to reputation.

Our employer defense attorneys know what’s at stake in discrimination, harassment and termination cases, and we work to quickly resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation and arbitration whenever possible. However, if your case goes to court we will aggressively fight to protect your rights.

 

Union Issues

Disputes involving labor unions can be devastating to a business. If you are facing a labor-related claim, we encourage you to contact our firm to discuss your case with a skilled employment law attorney.


For a free consultation, we invite you to contact us, or request a meeting on our client scheduling calendar.

Emery Reddy