Our thorough understanding of both federal and state laws regarding discrimination in the workplace based upon age, sex, race and ethnicity, religious affiliation, disability, and FMLA leave, as well as their overlapping, is the foundation upon which we rely to protect your rights. We understand the balance that must be struck between at-will-employment and compliance with state and federal laws. Our goal is to protect your rights and serve you as a client regardless of your status as an employee or employer.
We are well versed in defending local government and private employer clients against employees' claims of discrimination, as well as representing employees who have faced employment discrimination. This representation includes interacting with agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, as well as state and federal courts.
Filing a response to an EEOC or MDCR complaint should not be over looked and is often the first line of defense against potential litigation. Consider engaging our firm to assist you in this process to assess and reduce liability, and of course to avoid costly litigation.
Are you being treated unfairly at work? Are you denied leave? Is your employer refusing to provide a disability accommodation? Have you been retaliated against for complaining at work?
If you answered YES to any of these questions your employer may be breaking the law. Your best course of action may be to send your employer a demand letter, or file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or to sue as soon as possible, but you won’t know unless you meet with us. Call today to schedule a consultation and get your questions answered.
Relative to contract administration, we have experience in labor negotiations as well as enforcement of contracts through the grievance/arbitration procedure and other legal forums and resolution processes. We strive to resolve disputes at the lowest possible level by providing timely and complete advice and direction concerning contract interpretation. When complete, understandable and timely advice is provided concerning a contract dispute or contract interpretation, expensive and time consuming litigation or other adversary proceedings may be avoided. If necessary, however, we will and have successfully represented clients in arbitration procedures involving issues concerning contract interpretation, as well as discipline and discharge and other matters, via procedures established by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).
Our expertise in this area includes negotiation strategy, preparation of contract proposals and counter-proposals, and the negotiation of labor contracts. Members of our firm have conducted negotiations with the POLC, the Michigan Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the United Auto Workers (UAW), Teamsters, and other labor organizations. Our bargaining experience with these unions, our familiarity with the union officials, and the relationships that have been solidified with them over the years is invaluable.