Labor & Employment Litigation

Our goal is to protect your business by resolving disputes efficiently, warding off potential litigation and delivering cost-effective defense strategies aligned with your overall business objectives.

Our approach

We continue to see an increase in the filing of employment-related lawsuits year over year due, in part, to the shifts in the economy, aggressive government enforcement and attractive incentives for the plaintiffs’ bar. Burdensome and vexatious class action lawsuits alleging employment discrimination and wage-hour violations remain omnipresent. In this challenging environment, employers continue to face significant potential financial exposures and disruption to business operations.

The quickest and most efficient way to resolve litigation is not always the most obvious. We collaborate with clients at the outset of a case to develop creative and aggressive strategies that result in dispositive victories on the merits, provide procedural leverage or position the case for early settlement on favorable terms.

Our deep bench of seasoned trial lawyers protects clients in high exposure “bet-the-company” disputes, class and collective-action litigation, arbitrations and alternative dispute resolution.

From complex class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases to single-plaintiff wrongful discharge or discrimination cases—and the full range of labor or employment matters in between—our attorneys work closely with our clients to develop case budgets and litigation plans to meet their needs, assist in tracking and controlling costs and work toward a winning solution.

Who we work with

  • Any organization facing employment litigation or threatened with being sued

Clerio Vision Radio Segment

WHAM 1180 (Rochester) | November 05, 2020

This radio segment features Rochester Labor & Employment partner Stephen Jones for his work with client Clerio Vision, which spun off from University of Rochester’s laser and vision science research, and how he’s helped grow the biotech startup by leveraging Rochester assets.

NLRB OKs Trade Association's Facebook Group Post Deletions

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | October 20, 2020

Chicago Labor & Employment counsel Frank Saibert contributed this article analyzing a National Labor Relations Board ruling to overturn a decision preventing a trade association from removing posts on its Facebook group, noting that the trade association’s registry members are not actually employees.

Illinois Workers’ Comp Law Doesn’t Pre-Empt Biometric Privacy Claim

HR Magzine | September 28, 2020

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Rich Tilghman and John Ruskusky, and associate Henry Caldwell contributed this article, based on their recent blog post, on the rise in putative class actions in Illinois by employees against entities that employ biometric technology.

Pandemic Pay Issues for Wage and Hour Lawyers to Watch

Law360 | September 24, 2020

This article on notable pandemic-related wage and hour issues quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Jade Butman on whether employers would be on the hook for the time that workers spend adhering to building safety protocols.

Best Practices in Dealing with Working Parents as School Year Commences

Rochester Business Journal | September 11, 2020

Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Franz Wright, both in Rochester, contributed this column on the unprecedented need for collaboration between working parents and their employers as the school year commences during COVID-19.

What Employers Can Learn from New NLRB Virus Advice

Law360 | September 09, 2020

Labor & Employment deputy group leader and Chicago partner Brian Alcala contributed this article on the National Labor Relations Board’s recent guidance on COVID-19-related labor law violations against employers in these uncertain times.

Liability immunity proposals raise concerns for lawyers

Daily Record | July 31, 2020

In this article on the proposed legislation to provide businesses with immunity from COVID-19 liability lawsuits, Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding is quoted for her outlook on the legislation and the importance of businesses to continually abide by state and federal laws.

Are employers obligated to accommodate requests to work from home?

WHEC-TV News 10NBC | July 22, 2020

Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding was featured in this broadcast segment on what obligations employers have to work with their employees as schools start again in September.

How employers can prepare for expected waves of coronavirus-related litigation

Daily Journal | June 03, 2020

Labor and Employment partner Bonnie Glatzer and associates Hillary Baca and Jade Butman, all in San Francisco, contributed this article on potential coronavirus-related litigation matters that California employers should be aware of, and how employers can prepare for possible lawsuits.

Ex-Upserve Exec Ordered to Stop Work at Payment Processor

Law360 | April 29, 2020

Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, partner Neal McNamara, and associate Aaron Nadich, all of the Labor & Employment group, are mentioned for representing restaurant management platform provider Upserve in a breach of contract case against a former executive. The judge in the case this week granted Upserve’s motion for preliminary injunction and barred the former executive from working at his new employer, an Upserve competitor.

Employers face a ‘minefield’ of legal issues as they prepare to reopen

The Boston Globe | April 29, 2020

This article, which looks at the potential flood of litigation as the economy reopens, quotes Boston co-office managing partner and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns on the possibility of shareholder lawsuits at publicly-traded companies, even if companies have listed the coronavirus as a risk factor in their annual reports.

Pretext not shown in FMLA retaliation claim vs. jeweler

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | April 23, 2020

This article mentions Providence Labor and Employment partner Stacie Collier for successfully defending jeweler Tiffany & Co. against a former employee’s disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation claims. The judge in the case granted Tiffany’s motion for summary judgment.

Are you an essential worker? Says who? And what if you don’t think your job is worth the coronavirus risk?

Chicago Tribune | March 25, 2020

Labor and Employment deputy practice group leader Brian Alcala in Chicago talks about the advice he is giving employers whose employees feel unsafe reporting for work during the coronavirus outbreak.

No clear path for accessible websites

Daily Messenger | March 06, 2020

Rochester Labor and Employment counsel Todd Shinaman discusses the recent increase in lawsuits against businesses whose websites are allegedly noncompliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and explains how companies can minimize their liability.

New California law redefines who gets employment benefits. The lawsuits are just starting.

The Sacramento Bee | December 09, 2019

San Francisco labor and employment partner Bonnie Glatzer is quoted in this article about California’s Assembly Bill 5, a new law that redefines how companies classify employees and who qualifies to receive full employment benefits.

Labor board fails to see pretext in union member’s termination

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 28, 2019

Chicago Labor and Employment partner Frank Saibert authored this article about a National Labor Relations Board case related to a union member who was fired by her employer, Electrolux.

Storms on the horizon after high court’s Dynamex ruling

Los Angeles Daily Journal | July 10, 2019

Partner Ben Kim, counsel Alicia Anderson and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, all of the Labor and Employment group in Los Angeles, co-wrote this contributed article. The authors analyze the impact of a California Supreme Court ruling that drivers for Dynamex, a package delivery company, are employees rather than independent contractors.

NLRB memo shows push to deflate Fat Cat and Scabby

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | July 08, 2019

Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed article analyzing an ongoing matter before the National Labor Relations Board concerning the ability of organized labor to use large inflatable animals as part of their worksite picketing activities.

NY health network mostly skirts white ex-worker's bias suit

Law360 | May 30, 2019

This article mentions Long Island Labor and Employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Tony Dulgerian for their successful representation of Northwell Health in a discrimination suit.

Restrictive covenants and liquidated damage provisions: Ensuring enforceability to protect businesses and medical practices

New York Law Journal | May 14, 2019

Long Island Complex Commercial Disputes partners Dan Gibbons and Jim Weller co-wrote this contributed article analyzing the use of restrictive covenants in physician contracts.

Employment—disability—judicial estoppel

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | April 30, 2019

Partner Neal McNamara and associate Aaron Nadich, both of the Labor & Employment practice group in Providence, are mentioned for their successful representation of Honeywell in a disability discrimination suit.

Businesses sued over website accessibility; motive questioned

WHEC-TV (Rochester) | April 02, 2019

In the following coverage, Rochester Labor & Employment counsel Todd Shinaman is quoted in this story on a burgeoning trend of lawsuits filed against businesses whose websites are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Todd appeared at a press conference to discuss the issue.

Scabby, Fat Cat find town signage ban lawful

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 13, 2019

Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed article analyzing a Seventh Circuit decision that allowed a Wisconsin town to invoke its signage ban to exterminate a giant inflatable balloon rat displayed by a local labor union.

Brown reaches $3.5M deal to close book on ERISA suit

Law360 | March 12, 2019

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steve Richard and San Francisco Labor and Employment counsel Chuck Dyke are mentioned in this article for their representation of Brown University in a matter involving employee retirement savings accounts.

Hospital defeats deaf workers bias suit at 2nd Circuit

Law360 | February 28, 2019

Rochester Labor & Employment Counsel Marion Blankopf is mentioned in this article for her successful defense of Highland Hospital against a suit alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Attorney fee ruling may grease skids for wage case settlements

Law360 | February 20, 2019

Boston Labor & Employment counsel Matt Frankel is quoted in this article about a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that could make it easier for private attorneys to take on cases alleging violations of the state’s Wage Act.

Poorly pleaded discrimination case leaves court, defendants peeved

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 12, 2019

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss with prejudice an employment discrimination suit in which the plaintiffs repeatedly failed to amend flaws in their filings.

Worker fired for concealed weapon wins appeal

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 15, 2019

Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column about a labor dispute related to Ameren Illinois Co.’s decision to fire an employee for violating the company’s workplace violence policy when a firearm was found in the employee’s vehicle.

Second chance on retaliation claim due to suspicious timing

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | November 28, 2018

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reverse a summary judgment finding in the matter of a woman who claims she was fired from her company under false pretenses after reporting the sexual harassment of a colleague.

EEOC's Costco case sheds light on Title VII liability

Law360 | November 14, 2018

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon and Labor & Employment associate Brittany Bogaerts, co-wrote this contributed article analyzing a Seventh Circuit ruling that held Costco responsible for a hostile work environment created by a customer harassing an employee.

Working to keep employees from being poached? Not so fast.

HR Dive | November 04, 2018

Washington DC partner Alycia Ziarno and associate Brian Whittaker, and Boston counsel Ricardo Rauseo-Ricupero, all of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group, are quoted in this article about their recent webinar detailing key considerations and best practices regarding “no-poach” agreements.

Hertz workers' wage, rest break certification bid hits speed bump

Law360 | November 04, 2018

San Francisco Labor & Employment partners Bob Dolinko and Seth Neulight and Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan are mentioned in this article for their representation of Hertz in a matter regarding employees wage and rest break.

Thinking about a no-poach agreement

Corporate Counsel | October 26, 2018

Washington DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner Alycia Ziarno is quoted in this article on the Department of Justice’s evolving position on no-poach agreements, in which companies agree not to recruit each other’s employees.

New sexual harassment rules now in effect

The Daily Record | October 17, 2018

Rochester Labor & Employment associate Kim Harding is quoted extensively in this article about New York state’s new rules to curb workplace sexual harassment and how employers are taking a more proactive approach.

Ex-Indiana University professor loses race discrimination case

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | October 10, 2018

Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed article analyzing a lawsuit filed by an Indiana University professor who blamed racial discrimination for the university’s decision to deny him tenure.

When the national discourse of sexual abuse seeps into the office

Long Island Business News | October 04, 2018

Long Island Labor & Employment associate Tony Dulgerian is quoted in this story about how employers can respond to the current national dialogue by having conversations with employees about workplace harassment.


Bloomberg BayState Business | September 25, 2018

Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt McLaughlin, both of the Boston office, joined Bloomberg Radio to discuss the new Massachusetts law restricting the use of noncompete clauses by businesses.

Be cautious with settlement releases

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | July 01, 2018

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article on a California employment discrimination matter that offers important lessons for employers entering into settlement agreements.

Saucy worker pays for slam with job

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | June 06, 2018

Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed article about a ruling on an unfair labor practice complaint filed by a pizzeria employee who was fired for demeaning his boss in a staff meeting.

Must California employers pay for every second worked? (Society of Human Resource Management) | May 07, 2018

San Francisco labor and employment partner Seth Neulight is quoted in this article analyzing a California Supreme Court case, Troester v. Starbucks, that could decide whether employers there must pay employees for ‘de minimis’ time—amounts of working time that are hard to track.

New Washington employment laws focus on privacy and #MeToo

Law360 | April 22, 2018

Long Island labor and employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Chris Moro co-wrote this article analyzing new laws recently passed in Washington state that will directly impact employer-employee relationships when they take effect in June.

Some work environments, hostile as advertised, are not actionable

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | April 18, 2018

Chicago commercial litigation associate Laura Bacon wrote this article analyzing a recent claim of hostile work environment brought by an employee of the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The rise of retaliation rates

HR Executive | April 17, 2018

Los Angeles labor and employment associate Alicia Anderson is quoted in this article discussing the results of the latest Global Business Ethics Survey, which found record numbers of employees reporting misconduct within their organizations and a sharp rise in reports of retaliation against whistleblowers.

Higher Education Should Note Recent Title VII Rulings

Law360 | April 04, 2018

This expert analysis of recent circuit court decisions involving claims of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at colleges and universities was co-written by Albany government investigations and white-collar defense partner Tina Sciocchetti, Boston government investigations and white-collar defense associate Julianna Malogolowkin and Rochester commercial litigation associate Zachary Osinski.

Deceptive Office Entry Costs Union Organizer Job

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 27, 2018

Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed column on a National Labor Relations Board dispute between an area hotel and an employee/union organizer who was fired following a demonstration.

High Court Clarifies Corporate Whistleblower Laws

Rochester Business Journal | March 22, 2018

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk wrote this contributed article analyzing a Supreme Court ruling that clarifies federal protections for corporate whistleblowers, but may limit the incentive for employees to first report suspected misconduct internally.


David S. Rosenthal

Practice Group Leader,
Labor & Employment

Phone: 617-345-6183

Michael R. Lindsay


Phone: 213-629-6000

Stephen J. Jones


Phone: 585-263-1386

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