Employment Litigation

Accomplishing clients’ goals while avoiding litigation is our primary objective. However, when litigation is inevitable, our team is comprised of seasoned trial lawyers, here to vigorously defend your interests. Examples of the types of claims typically handled by our group include:

  • Age, Race, Sex, Religious, National Origin and Disability Discrimination
  • Defamation
  • Disability Access and Accommodation
  • Employment-Related Constitutional Issues
  • ERISA and Employee Benefits
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Malicious Prosecution/Abuse of Process
  • Mass Layoffs
  • Negligent Hiring and Retention
  • Negligent and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Non-Compete Enforcement/Defense
  • OSHA/Safety
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual and Other Harassment
  • Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Wage and Hour Compliance
  • WARN and Reductions in Force
  • Whistleblower Claims
  • Wrongful Discharge

The Right Team

We also assemble the right team for clients. We provide lean and aggressive staffing, in part because our deep bench strength and technological resources allow us to share the resources of the firm quickly and efficiently. Our technology allows us to conduct on-the-spot research, review sensitive employer communications on a moment's notice, and stay in the field longer. We also have extensive e-discovery capabilities that allow us to review, classify, tag and utilize electronic data quickly and cost effectively.

The Right Experience

We’re skilled at filing and arguing motions designed to terminate litigation early, thereby saving clients money. Some cases, however, cannot be resolved on a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment. When that occurs, many national firms steer their clients towards settlement. At McGuireWoods, we pride ourselves on our trial experience in state and federal court and before juries, judges, mediators and administrators. We also have the talent and skill to take cases to a verdict when settlement is not in our client’s best interests.

That’s why Corporate Counsel magazine named McGuireWoods a "Go-To” law firm, highly valued by Fortune 500 clients. Of the 900 firms surveyed, we ranked 12th in labor and employment and 10th in litigation.

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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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Fortune 100 financial institution

Serving as co-lead national counsel to Fortune 100 financial institution for its single-plaintiff employment litigation in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
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Global paper and packaging company

Defense of a global paper and packaging company in disability retirement benefit and pension benefit claims throughout the United States, including in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and Texas.
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Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in employment class action

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in a financial services employment class action concerning whether background check authorization forms administered to several hundred thousand job applicants complied with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). We prevailed on all claims on summary judgment.
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Health system

Representation of a health system against the appeal of a long term employee to the NY State Appellate Division 3rd Department concerning the denial of unemployment benefits. Favorable settlement.
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Port terminal operator

McGuireWoods persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to affirm a grant of summary judgment previously obtained by the firm on behalf of APM Terminals in an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) lawsuit.
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Former Executive Director of a regional transportation authority

Representation of former Executive Director of a regional transportation authority in the defense of a case alleging violation of First Amendment rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and violation of the Illinois Whistleblower Act. The plaintiff, a former attorney of certain pension plans and 401(k)s, alleged that his representation was terminated because he reported pension funding shortfalls and statutory violations. After filing both a motion to dismiss and a motion for sanctions the court dismissed all claims against our client and ordered full briefing on the Rule 11 sanctions motion. Matter settled, our client agreed to withdraw his motion for sanctions and the plaintiff agreed to entry of judgment in favor of our client and to waive any right to appeal.
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Multinational elevator maintenance company

Representation of a multinational elevator maintenance company against a former, long-term employee—an elevator maintenance and repairman—who alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law by terminating his employment. The plaintiff further alleged that his supervisor affirmatively engaged in and assisted the discrimination and was therefore liable as an aider and abettor. The Court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case.
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Fortune 300 mutual life insurance company

Member of national litigation counsel panel for Fortune 300 mutual life insurance company's ERISA and individual disability policy lawsuits.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Defense of Fortune 100 financial institution against OFCCP allegations that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of intentional discrimination against all African-American candidates for employment in certain job groups.
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Elevator maintenance company

Representation of an elevator maintenance company against allegations of breaching a contract that required it to pay for services related to obtaining discounts on workers’ compensation premiums. The plaintiff filed a summary judgment motion at the outset of the case, then withdrew the motion and dismissed the case after it received McGuireWoods’ opposition brief and the parties appeared before the Court for a conference.
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National discount retailer

Representation of a national discount retailer in religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation. We obtained a nuisance-value settlement following plaintiff’s deposition and prior to plaintiff deposing defendants’ current and former employees.
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A Fortune 100 financial services company

Representation of Fortune 100 financial services company in age and gender discrimination claims in a case where a 70-year-old female plaintiff was replaced by a person in her thirties and all decision-makers were male. Obtained summary judgment.
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Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial institution in a disability discrimination case.
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County school board

Representation of county school board in a race discrimination and retaliation suit filed. Plaintiff claimed that the termination of his employment violated Title VII. After discovery and cross motions for summary judgment, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion and granted the defendants’ motion and dismissed the case. This matter is now on appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representative Matter

Fortune 100 financial institution

Representation of Fortune 100 financial institution in obtaining summary judgment in a case claiming discrimination, interference and retaliation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act related to plaintiff's termination for poor performance.
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Religious Association

Representation of a religious association in alleged termination based on race.
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A Fortune 100 financial services company

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial services company in a defamation claim. The plaintiff claimed defamation by a co-worker who had allegedly shared the grounds for her termination with a bank customer. The court found that the bank had conducted a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the plaintiff's termination and as part of that investigation had obtained a written statement from the plaintiff in which she incriminated herself.
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A Fortune 100 financial services company

Representation of a Fortune 100 financial services company in an FMLA claim. The plaintiff was terminated following an absence from work for a health problem that did not appear to be serious, but her condition allegedly deteriorated in a few days and she ultimately needed surgery several months later. The plaintiff claimed she could not work as her condition allegedly got worse before her termination. However, her doctor would excuse her from work for only one day. The court ruled that the termination did not violate the FMLA.
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North American food and beverage company

Obtained summary judgment for a North American food and beverage company in an alleged ERISA breach of fiduciary duty case in federal court.
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Global law firm

Representation of a global law firm in a race discrimination case.
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Amanda Abshire Amanda West Abshire
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146
Email
T: +1 704 343 2196
F: +1 704 444 8764
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Joel Allen Joel S. Allen
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201
Email
T: +1 214 932 6464
F: +1 214 273 7488
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Sabrina A Beldner Sabrina A. Beldner
Senior Counsel
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501
Email
T: +1 310 956 3419
F: +1 310 956 3119
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Sarah A Belger Sarah A. Belger
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5350
F: +1 703 712 5299
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Olga A. Bograd
Associate
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201
Email
T: +1 214 932 6431
F: +1 214 273 7492
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Brennan W. Bolt
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534
Email
T: +1 404 443 5725
F: +1 404 443 5768
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Seth Borden Seth H. Borden
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106
Email
T: +1 212 548 2180
F: +1 212 715 2308
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Brys Laura G. Brys
Counsel
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103
Email
T: +1 310 315 8226
F: +1 310 956 3167
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Scott S Cairns Scott S. Cairns
Partner
Bank of America Tower
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3300
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3661
Email
T: +1 904 798 3223
F: +1 904 798 3261
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Phillip Chang Phillip C. Chang
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1725
F: +1 202 828 2995
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Robyn S Gray Robyn Gray Davis
Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 1227
F: +1 804 698 2138
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Michael J DiMattia Michael J. DiMattia
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106
Email
T: +1 212 548 7009
F: +1 212 715 2312
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Susan Pyle Dion Susan Pyle Dion
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146
Email
T: +1 704 373 8951
F: +1 704 353 6162
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Kevin Duddlestein Kevin M. Duddlesten
Partner
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201
Email
T: +1 214 932 6419
F: +1 214 273 7484
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Mathew D. Dudek
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818
Email
T: +1 312 849 8113
F: +1 312 698 4517
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Brian Fahy Brian D. Fahy
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501
Email
T: +1 310 315 8232
F: +1 310 956 3131
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Jessica D Fegan Jessica D. Fegan
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040
Email
T: +1 202 857 1728
F: +1 202 828 3328
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Philip A Goldstein Philip A. Goldstein
Counsel
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106
Email
T: +1 212 548 2167
F: +1 212 548 2150
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William E. Goydan
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106
Email
T: +1 212 548 2146
F: +1 212 715 6280
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David L Greenspan David L. Greenspan
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215
Email
T: +1 703 712 5096
F: +1 703 712 5214
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Richard B. Hankins
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534
Email
T: +1 404 443 5727
F: +1 404 443 5767
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Jonathan P Harmon Jonathan P. Harmon
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 4712
F: +1 804 698 2073
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Melissa Hensley Melissa M. Hensley
Senior Counsel
2000 McKinney Avenue
Suite 1400
Dallas, TX 75201
Email
T: +1 214 932 6443
F: +1 214 273 7491
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Honore Hishamunda Honore N. Hishamunda
Associate
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146
Email
T: +1 704 343 2170
F: +1 704 353 6191
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Robert F Holland Robert F. Holland
Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916
Email
T: +1 804 775 4718
F: +1 804 225 5412
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Speaking Engagement

Advanced Wage & Hour Conference

State Bar of California Labor and Employment Section

July 21, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
Event

California Employment Law Developments

December 5, 2012
Complimentary Webinar
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