Labor and Employment
Board Certified Attorneys
Educator termination and non-renewal arise from a complex statutory scheme that can often result in expensive due process hearings and appeals. Our firm has represented numerous public employers on personnel matters. Our firm has in excess of 50 years of cumulative experience in the area of personnel litigation. Our attorneys practice employment law on a daily basis for a wide range of clients including school districts, state agencies, teacher organizations, private employers, and individual clients. In conjunction with a district’s staff and as part of its preventive/in-service training activities, the firm has developed and implemented streamlined processes to satisfactorily resolve personnel issues. We can do this without unnecessary Board meetings or numerous lengthy due process hearings. Should the need arise to conduct hearings or to litigate, the firm=s attorneys are experienced trial lawyers who know how to try personnel cases in both administrative and judicial forums.
EMPLOYMENT AND DISCRIMINATION LAW
Employment law and employment discrimination are broad areas of law encompassing all areas of the employer/employee relationship and civil rights. A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, assembly, the right to vote, freedom from involuntary servitude, and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class.
Employment and discrimination law consist of thousands of federal and state statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions. Statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Titles VI, VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, have been enacted to prevent discrimination based on a person’s race, sex, religion, age, physical limitation, national origin and in some instances sexual preference.
Although most people can handle many employment and discrimination matters on their own, some issues are particularly complex and would benefit from legal expertise. Employment and discrimination law can change rapidly. When you consider that lawsuits brought by former employees can result in huge damage awards against employers, it is easy to see why it would be advantageous to seek an attorney who is experienced in at least three areas of this field of law. These areas include the National Labor Relations Act, occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wage and hour, and employment-related torts and contracts. Our attorneys’ experience includes the preparation and trial of cases before the federal, state, and administrative courts dealing with federal and state employment and labor law issues.
To learn more about our legal and consulting services, please contact us O’Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo today for a free consultation.