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  • Provide counsel and support to management regarding issues that may pose a risk to the continued viability of their business
  • Possess extensive experience litigating cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies
  • Represent diverse clients - from banks and insurance companies to transportation companies and non-profit organizations

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Labor and Employment

The complex and dynamic areas of labor and employment law present challenges for employers of all sizes and industries to fully comply with corresponding legal duties and obligations. In meeting these challenges, employers must understand and manage a variety of issues that arise daily and pose significant risk for the continued viability of the business. White and Williams provides practical counsel and continual support to management in their making informed decisions to prevent problems as they appear on the horizon and to effectively navigate through the applicable laws related to those problems. We are fully prepared to create a value centered approach in developing strategies and defending companies in court and before administrative agencies. 

Our Labor and Employment Group is devoted to serving all of our clients’  labor and employment needs. We have experience in a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment law. Our clients are diverse- from Fortune 500 companies and international companies to small businesses. We represent banks, manufacturers, insurance companies, colleges and universities, service and distribution companies, healthcare providers, retailers, transportation companies, non-profit organizations and public employers. Our service area is equally diverse - while most of our clients are located in the mid-Atlantic region, many operate plants or other facilities across the country. Since most labor and employment law issues involve federal law, we are often called upon by clients to advise and represent them wherever problems or issues arise.  

Labor Relations

We cover all facets of federal and state labor laws, including collective bargaining,  unfair labor practices, grievance/interest arbitrations, union avoidance, union election campaigns, unit clarifications and decertifications. We have defended employers from ever-increasing legal assaults from most major trade unions, including several locals of the Teamsters, United Steelworkers of America, UAW, Machinists Union, Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers, United Electrical Workers and UNITE-HERE.   

Employee Benefits

Our group has a particular focus on compliance with ERISA and COBRA. We often call upon the lawyers of the Tax and Estates Group, especially those that focus on the creation and administration of pension and profit sharing plans and other employee benefit plans.

Litigation

We have litigated cases in state and federal courts and administrative agencies with respect to discrimination claims based on age, race, disability, sex (including sexual harassment) religion, veterans status and retaliation. In addition to these discrimination claims, we have years of experience in handling litigation involving wrongful discharge, whistleblower, trade secrets/non-compete agreements, employment agreements, unemployment compensation claims, FLSA and FMLA , OSHA  and ERISA litigation. We also have experience with statutory compliance, such as the creation and administration of affirmative action compliance plans, as well as advice and consultation concerning  state and federal wage and hour laws, drug testing, employee privacy and employee discipline. Our lawyers draft and advocate for the enforcement of employment contracts for management and executives, including non- competition and confidentiality agreements. We assist with workplace harassment investigations and other investigations of alleged employee misconduct and routinely provide advice regarding reductions in force, severance packages and release agreements.

Representative Matters

  • Defended an age discrimination case against a large telecommunications corporation in a trial in New York state court where the judge granted a motion for directed verdict
  • Enforced national food distributor’s rights under non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act against a former employee
  • Assisted in obtaining a dismissal on behalf of a university client of an action arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Civil Rights Act
  • Obtained defense verdict for employer in federal jury trial in Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation case

  • Negotiated on behalf of  a motor manufacturer for the reclassification of citations and reduction of proposed penalties imposed by OSHA
  • Counseled and represented a real estate developer before the United States Department of Labor regarding independent contractors’ employment status
  • Obtained summary judgment on a professor's tenure denial complaint against a university before the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • Defended unfair labor practice charges brought by NYC’s Transit Workers Union against Bronx, NY employer
  • Forced the withdrawal of a Petition for Representation filed by a Philadelphia-area local of the Teamsters
  • Obtained dismissal of federal civil rights case brought by 2 former union members against public employer

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