Christian R. White

Counsel

Philadelphia
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New York
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Overview

An experienced labor and employment litigator and advisor, Christian White focuses his national practice on the management side of labor and employment law matters, with a concentration in the hospitality industry.

A proactive advocate for his clients, Christian's practical advice regarding key aspects of employee relations helps employers avoid disputes before they become larger concerns. He analyzes the risks involved in clients’ particular situations, mindful of business practicalities and operational needs, to provide efficient and effective counsel. Christian routinely represents management interests before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and federal and state courts, as well as before labor arbitrators and mediators.

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  • Successfully defended hotel against union claim that it failed to abide by terms of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement and improperly terminated a senior union employee for sexually harassing a co-worker.
  • Effectively resolved simultaneously filed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board charges and negotiated a quick settlement of each charge to the advantage of the restaurant employer.
  • Acted as counsel for both buyers and sellers in hotel transactions throughout the United States on labor and employment matters, including negotiating language in the deal documents to protect against pension fund withdrawal liability and other contractual liabilities.
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Experience

  • Successfully defended hotel against union claim that it failed to abide by terms of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement and improperly terminated a senior union employee for sexually harassing a co-worker.
  • Effectively resolved simultaneously filed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board charges and negotiated a quick settlement of each charge to the advantage of the restaurant employer.
  • Acted as counsel for both buyers and sellers in hotel transactions throughout the United States on labor and employment matters, including negotiating language in the deal documents to protect against pension fund withdrawal liability and other contractual liabilities.
  • Provided strategic advice in large New York City real estate transaction concerning labor related due diligence.
  • Successfully defended claim against national waste disposal company from unfair labor practice charge that it unlawfully terminated worker who engaged in protected activity.
  • Oversaw a national wage and hour class action for a hotel company facing claims for non-payment of wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws.
  • Successfully arbitrated union claim that client failed to abide by terms of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement and improperly terminated employee for sexually harassing behavior.
  • Acted as counsel and the lead negotiator for healthcare client through contract negotiations with one of the country's largest healthcare unions.
  • Co-chaired an NLRB trial in which a union accused a hotel of engaging in unilateral activity.
  • Counseled a hotel company on labor and employment implications of transitioning from a management relationship to a franchisor/franchisee relationship.
  • Developed and conducted training programs on the full spectrum of labor and employment issues.
  • Provided day-to-day labor and employment advice and counsel for an employer on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including the administration of its collective bargaining agreement, disciplinary actions, requests for leaves of absence, handbooks and other employment-related issues.
  • First-chaired numerous labor arbitrations, including the preparation and examination of witnesses during appearances that included before the Office of the Impartial Chairperson in New York City.
  • Successfully mediate and settle matters with advantageous terms, thereby avoiding litigation and securing favorable resolutions for the clients.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, Advisory Board

Blog Posts

Prior Positions

  • Accor Business and Leisure North American, Inc. (AccorHotels): Associate General Counsel 

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., Political Science and German, University of Arkansas, 1996

Blog

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Employment Law Spotlight
Philadelphia Enacts Ordinance Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing
By Saima Z. Sheikh, Christian R. White
January 13, 2022
As of Jan. 1, 2022, employers in the City of Brotherly Love are prohibited from requiring job applicants to undergo pre-employment drug testing for marijuana use. The ordinance, referred to as the Prohibition on Testing for Marijuana as a...
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The Bargaining Table
Another One Bites the Dust?
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
January 11, 2022
NLRB Request for Briefing on Independent Contractor Standard Suggests Another Trump-Era Decision Is About To Be Overruled Weeks after inviting public briefing on a potential change in the standard for determining the appropriateness of...
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The Bargaining Table
The First Domino to Fall? NLRB Solicits Public Input on Test for Determining Appropriate Bargaining Units
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
December 13, 2021
In a somewhat ominous sign of things to come, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) has invited briefing on whether to change the test for determining whether a union has proposed an appropriate employee voting group...
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The Bargaining Table
Money, Money, Money Is Not Always Funny or Sunny – Just Take a Look at the NLRB's Substantial Increases in Monetary Remedies and Job Reinstatements
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
November 29, 2021
On Nov. 5, 2021, the iconic Swedish band ABBA released its first album of new material in 40 years, and, amazingly, it is their highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200. (If for some reason you are not familiar with ABBA – and we...
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The Bargaining Table
Spoiler Alert: The NLRB Is Poised to Dramatically Rework Its Joint Employer Standard
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
November 11, 2021
When I was a kid, it was a thrill (and, yes, it still is today) to watch all the movie trailers before the main feature. Unfortunately, some of those trailers actually spoiled the movie they were previewing (thinking of you, Kingsman: The...
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