Employment Counseling & Litigation
Our attorneys handle all aspects of employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation, as well as litigation over employment conditions and compensation. We also counsel our clients, to ensure proper compliance and avoid such problems before they occur.
Our labor and employment lawyers have broad experience in claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, OSHA, WARN and parallel state laws, particularly the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. We help clients respond to the government agencies, such as the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, that investigate complaints and charges of discrimination. We are experienced in defending clients in discrimination cases and in related tort claims such as wrongful discharge, defamation, intentional interference with contractual relations and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Our attorneys emphasize the importance of seeking early resolution where possible and using alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediation. Our experience includes handling individual plaintiff cases, multiple plaintiff cases, and representative and class actions. We are also experienced in handling arbitrations in the non-union employee setting where companies have arbitration agreements with their employees or where a senior executive’s employment agreement has an arbitration provision.
In addition to employment litigation, Earp Cohn provides labor and employment advice to a wide range of business clients, on topics ranging from wage and hour issues, salaried vs. exempt employee questions, compliance with federal and state civil rights and disability discrimination legislation and regulations, and other common workplace and employment issues. Our clients find that obtaining our legal advice and addressing these issues proactively before the situation turns into litigation, is usually the better way to handle employment issues arising with their employees. We frequently draft specific employment policies for clients on issues such as sick leave, annual leave, family and medical leave, overtime and other important employment matters, as well as entire employment manuals.