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

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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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The Bargaining Table
Employers Beware: NLRB Remedies Likely to Be More Expansive Moving Forward
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
August 17, 2022
For the first time in over three decades, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has ordered an employer to reimburse employees for wages they lost while attending negotiation sessions on behalf of the union. Nexstar...
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The Bargaining Table
Stacking the Deck: NLRB General Counsel Seeks Union-Friendly Labor Law Reform in Card Check Recognition Procedure
By Christian R. White
May 11, 2022
In what can only be viewed as tilting the odds in favor of organized labor, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo recently filed a brief with the five-member, Democratic-controlled Board in a case pending...
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The Bargaining Table
NLRB General Counsel Seeks to Outlaw Employer Use of Captive Audience Meetings
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
April 11, 2022
On April 7, 2022, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued what may be her most pro-union directive to date – and that’s saying something. In GC Memorandum 22-04, Abruzzo announced her intention to seek...
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The Bargaining Table
The Times Are A-Changing for Employer Handbooks … Soon
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
March 14, 2022
As we previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) invited public comment in January on whether it should overrule its current standard for determining the lawfulness of employee handbook policies and work rules...
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The Bargaining Table
Staying the Course … for Now
By Todd A. Dawson, Christian R. White
March 3, 2022
National Labor Relations Board Confirms Presumption that Single-Store Units Are Appropriate The National Labor Relations Board (Board) recently confirmed that single-store bargaining units are presumed to be appropriate. Starbucks Corp...
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