Counseling and ComplianceNavigating the intricacies of the ever-changing federal and state laws and regulations that impact the workplace can be difficult, and non-compliance carries the risk of costly employment litigation and government penalties. At BakerHostetler, we work proactively with our clients to help them establish effective practices and policies and understand how the numerous statutes, regulations, codes and ordinances that govern the workplace affect their business.
Our skilled lawyers partner with clients to provide creative solutions that address their day-to-day workplace issues. Our lawyers have experience both as in-house counsel and with a number of regulatory agencies, providing us with critical insight into offering our clients effective human resources solutions which helps reduce their risk.
We counsel clients on the full scope of workplace issues including:
Our attorneys know which federal, state and local laws apply to businesses nationwide. We conduct on-site compliance reviews, provide management training and work with companies to develop compliance programs. We also provide legal counsel and representation to clients found to be noncompliant. We represent clients before governmental agencies and boards and work out programs to bring them into compliance.
Employment LitigationOur employment litigators have a proven track record, with more than a dozen successful jury trials during the past year alone. We are veterans in defending complex multi-party employment disputes, class actions, government suits and the full scope of individual private-plaintiff actions in state and federal courts and agencies nationwide.
Our lawyers represent clients in litigation involving discrimination, wage and hour, breach of contract, wrongful discharge, defamation, ERISA, OSHA, covenants not to compete, trade secret, executive compensation and whistleblower-related claims, including whistleblower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Our cumulative experience includes every aspect of judicial and administrative procedure, with numerous successful jury and bench trials and appeals at all levels.
Although we try a large number of cases every year, the majority are won at the summary judgment stage, or we achieve an early settlement in our client's best interest. Our priority always remains the same—achieving the best results for our client.
Employment and Civil Rights Class ActionsEmployment-related class action lawsuits are on the rise. The potential for large recoveries, adverse publicity and expensive litigation threaten a company's bottom line, stock value and reputation. At BakerHostetler, we are known for our ability to end class actions before they begin through creative case management, motion practice and aggressive defeat of class certification.
We have successfully represented clients at virtually every stage of employment class action litigation. In particular, our extensive experience in the wage-and-hour area coupled with our proven track record of successfully defending class, collective and representative actions make us uniquely qualified to effectively handle complex wage and overtime liability claims on behalf of our clients. In addition to defending clients against actions involving the FLSA, we have handled every type of employment and civil rights lawsuit, including claims of race and sex discrimination, claims for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, and under state common law.
Labor RelationsThe new American economy and recent rift in the nation's labor movement has changed the employment landscape dramatically. Unionized employers require innovative approaches to secure necessary operational efficiencies and economic relief. Non-union employers are faced with new organizing strategies, particularly in the healthcare, hospitality and telecommunication industries. Our labor lawyers can help you understand the impact this new labor movement may have on your workforce and your bottom line.
At BakerHostetler, we believe that the best labor relations policies are those that prevent the need to battle with the government, unions or employees. Our focus is always on helping our clients maintain positive relationships with their workforce within the parameters of their business needs and corporate culture. Protecting our client's credibility as an employer is our number one concern. Our reputation for credibility, integrity and results is well known in the labor-management community.
American Automobile Association
AirTran Airways, Inc.
The Capital Group Companies, Inc.
CuraScript Pharmacy, Inc.
Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Diocese of Orlando
Ford Motor Company
The E.W. Scripps Company
Mears Destination Services, Inc.
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
Orange County, Florida
Osceola County, Florida
The Progressive Corporation
Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
Sprint Nextel Corporation
Wuestoff Health System
XL TechGroup, Inc.
BakerHostetler has been named to BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” for the 10th consecutive year, earning the firm recognition as a “Client Service Stalwart.” BakerHostetler is one of only 54 firms nationally to be named to the “A-Team” every year since the list’s inception. Employment Litigation -- During the past year, we have won more than a dozen jury verdicts nationally on behalf of our employment and labor clients.
Employment and Civil Rights Class Action -- We have successfully represented clients at virtually every stage of employment class action litigation and have handled every type of employment and civil rights lawsuit.
Labor Relations -- We have a 95 percent win record in organizational drives, and we have handled some of the largest election campaigns in the private sector, including more than 15 drives involving 2,000 or more employees.