Employment and Labor



Robinson Bradshaw’s Employment and Labor Practice Group regularly assists clients in navigating the complex array of federal, state and local statutes and regulations governing today's workplace. We help our clients confront this challenging environment in three primary ways.

First, we take the time – our time, not yours – to get to know a client’s business or industry. We need to know the work our clients are doing so we can provide the best possible legal advice regarding the workplace.

Second, we counsel clients on employment issues – including employee hiring, discipline, leaves of absence, layoffs and terminations – so that issues do not become lawsuits. Along with counseling, we develop human resource policies, investigate workplace complaints of discrimination and harassment, provide training, and negotiate and draft noncompetition agreements to ensure that employers not only comply with the law, but protect their interest in their workforce.

Third, our employment and labor attorneys have an outstanding record in litigating cases in federal and state courts across the country, as well as before administrative agencies and in arbitration. Our employment and labor litigation experience includes:

Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Discharge

We regularly defend employers in courts and before administrative agencies in class actions and individual cases alleging discrimination or retaliation under laws such as Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA and state wrongful discharge laws.

Wage and Hour

We represent employers in class and individual claims arising under the FLSA, and we represent employers and executives in claims under state wage and hour laws for nonpayment of wages, bonuses, severance and equity compensation.

Employment Competition and Trade Secrets

We represent employers and individuals in nationwide litigation to enforce employee noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements designed to protect trade secrets and customer relationships, and on related issues such as misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duties.

National Labor Relations Act Issues

As part of our practice counseling employers about union campaigns and elections, we defend employers against unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.


We litigate a variety of ERISA issues, including preemption, the denial of benefits and claims for breach of fiduciary duty.

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