SWRS’ labor and employment attorneys have represented employers faced with claims of discrimination, retaliation and unpaid wages for over 25 years. We have experience handling everything from single-plaintiff claims to class actions and have litigated virtually every type of employment claim, including:
In addition to a significant litigation practice, SWRS attorneys regularly represent employers during investigations conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Kansas Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor (DOL). SWRS attorneys have also assisted employers with traditional labor issues, such as compliance with collective bargaining agreements and responses to claims made to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In either case, SWRS’ employment attorneys work closely with our clients and their insurers to determine as quickly as possible which claims are best-suited for early resolution and which should be aggressively defended.
Aside from responding to claims once they arise, SWRS also works with employers to prospectively avoid them. We help our clients navigate the often convoluted, complex, and ever-changing laws governing the workplace by providing advice, counseling, and consultation to executives, HR professionals and small business owners facing almost any type of legal concern. For example, SWRS can offer assistance with non-compete or non-solicitation agreements, guidance in making termination decisions and drafting of severance agreements and releases—all with the goal of avoiding potential legal claims after an employee separates from the company. Our attorneys can also help employers maintain a harmonious workplace for current employees, by provide employee training on employment issues, assistance with drafting company handbooks or written policies and guidance through the maze of investigations and regulations that can come up when current employees make or threaten claims of discrimination or retaliation. SWRS attorneys emphasize to their clients the importance of preventing potential employment claims before they arise, which is best accomplished by engaging expert legal counsel to develop and implement sound employment practices.