Employment & Labor



Wilson Elser forms strategic alliances with our clients to help them manage and navigate the ever-changing legal and legislative regulatory terrain of employment and labor law.

Fueled by increasing use of social media in the workplace, recent Supreme Court rulings, dramatic changes in EEOC regulations and the ever-broadening scrutiny of the U.S. Department of Labor, today’s employers face formidable challenges including an inevitable surge in employment claims.

We understand that each client defines a “win” according to the particular circumstances of its business needs. When claims arise, Wilson Elser has the experience and wherewithal to act appropriately and decisively, as demonstrated by our outstanding record of dismissals, targeted settlements and trial victories. In conferring with clients, we take into consideration the demands of their industries, the history of their businesses and what outcomes would constitute success.

Our work transcends claims handling. We preemptively assist clients with a broad range of transactional and contract matters, restrictive covenants and non-compete disputes, labor force reductions and grievances under collective bargaining agreements.

  • A list of employment & labor acts and areas in which our attorneys have experience may be found here

    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Black Lung Benefits Act
    • Breach of Contract (Employment, Severance, etc.)
    • Class Actions
    • COBRA
    • Collective Actions
    • Consumer Credit Protection Act
    • Copeland Act
    • Davis-Bacon Act
    • Defense Base Act
    • EEO and Diversity Training
    • Employee Polygraph Protection Act
    • Employment Contract Preparation, Including Restrictive Covenants
    • Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act
    • Equal Pay Act
    • ERISA
    • Executive Order 11246
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Federal Employees' Compensation Act
    • Federal Mine Safety and Health Act
    • Federal Transit Law
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
    • Immigration and Nationality Act
    • Internal Investigations
    • Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act
    • Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
    • McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act
    • Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act
    • National Labor Relations Act
    • Occupational Safety and Health Act
    • OFCCP/Affirmative Action Plans
    • Older Workers Benefit Protect Act
    • Policy Reviews
    • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
    • Reductions in Force
    • Rehabilitation Act
    • State Human Rights Acts
    • State Medical and Family Leave Laws
    • State Sick Leave Laws
    • State Wage Payment and Collection Acts
    • Title VII
    • Training and Compliance Audits
    • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
    • Veterans' Employment and Training Service
    • Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act
    • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
    • Wrongful Death Actions

Recognizing that our clients seek cost-effective solutions to complex and potentially protracted cases, when appropriate we seek to accommodate them through alternate resolution options, including arbitration, conciliation and mediation. To prevent lawsuits and administrative actions from arising in the first place, one of the hallmarks of our Employment & Labor practice is to work proactively with clients to create a culture that reduces legal exposure and avoids specific situations that can give rise to claims.

With clients consisting of private- and public-sector employers, our attorneys are skilled in all aspects of federal and state employment discrimination laws. We handle cases arising under all state and federal fair employment practices statutes.  We are – quite literally – at our clients’ side when they appear before such administrative and judicial tribunals as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board or the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as state and federal administrative agencies and courts.