The attorneys of the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group are experienced practitioners who represent both public and private corporations, public bodies, and partnerships in diverse fields, such as retail sales, hospitality, banking, service providers, and construction. Our attorneys defend employers in all matters arising in federal and state courts before federal, state, and local agencies as well as counsel clients on a variety of issues, including:

Our Labor and Employment Attorneys counsel clients on the implementation of employment policies designed to protect them against potential violations of labor and employment laws.  We represent clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other state and local fair employment practice agencies.

We also counsel employers in traditional labor law matters, including union recognition campaigns, collective bargaining, unfair labor practice proceedings, and grievance arbitration.

In an effort to prevent employment law violations, we focus on our clients' day-to-day requirements in connection with human resources decisions, including hiring, compensation, policy interpretation, and terminations. When litigation is required, we represent our clients aggressively and efficiently to achieve the best possible result. Our firm’s employment law litigators have successfully defended clients in state and federal courts against charges of unlawful discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other employee-initiated claims. Our litigators have also brought claims on behalf of our employer clients to protect their rights under employment agreements, including non-compete litigation. They are highly experienced in severance and separation agreements to resolve a variety of employment disputes.

Cotney’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group has substantial experience with the following:

  • Discrimination and Retaliation Investigations and Litigation
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Disability, ADA, and Reasonable Accommodation 
  • Cyber-Security and Piracy
  • Crisis Management
  • Drug Testing
  • Background Checks
  • Classification: Independent Contractor vs. Employee
  • Internal Confidential Investigations
  • Employee and Safety Manual Drafting
  • Employment Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Executive Compensation
  • Non-Compete/Restrictive Covenants Enforcement and Defense
  • Misappropriation of Trade Secrets
  • Ethics Compliance, Investigations and Whistleblower Response
  • FMLA Compliance and Litigation
  • Wage & Hour Compliance, Investigations, and Litigation
  • DOL and EEOC Compliance
  • Workplace Health and Safety (OSHA. MSHA, OHS, State and Provincial Plans)
  • Immigration
  • COVID-19 Compliance and Litigation
  • Labor Relations and Union Negotiation