Employment

Leech Tishman’s Employment Practice Group works tirelessly to advocate for our clients and achieve the most desirable outcome through negotiation, mediation and if necessary, aggressive litigation. We have built our practice by developing creative options for employers of all sizes, utilizing statutory rights and common law to assist with all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring through termination. Our team’s understanding of the nature of the employer/employee relationship, combined with our understanding of each client’s business, allows our lawyers to achieve a satisfactory result expeditiously and as cost-effectively as possible.

Many of our employment lawyers have devoted the better part of their legal career to various aspects of labor and employment law and offer preventative training to clients in order to anticipate and plan for potential legal pitfalls. Our lawyers have experience handling employment litigation in an array of industries including architecture, automotive, chemical, construction, consumer products, cultural institutions, energy, engineering, banking/finance, healthcare, manufacturing, non-profit, real estate, recreation, seasonal businesses, technology and trade associations. We regularly represent our clients before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state human relations commissions, municipal commissions on human relations, and in state and federal court proceedings. Leech Tishman’s lawyers have a solid command of the tax consequences involved with various types of employment litigation and are also well-versed in immigration issues. Leech Tishman is well positioned to offer employment counsel to employers involved in business ventures locally, nationally and abroad.

Leech Tishman has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as a Tier 2 firm in the “Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment” categories in Pittsburgh.

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Our Employment Practice Group has experience in the following areas:

  • Workplace Practices
      • Confidentiality Agreements/Restrictive Covenants
      • Breach of Confidentiality Claims
      • Disciplinary Action
      • Drug and Alcohol Testing
      • Employee Handbook Preparation
      • Fraud/Theft/Dishonesty
      • Grievances
      • Identity Theft
      • Leave/Absenteeism
      • Non-Performance Claims
      • Non-Compete Clauses
      • Non-Solicitation Clauses
      • Performance Appraisals
      • Waivers/Releases
      • Privacy Issues
  • Employment Hiring and Contracts
      • Executive Contracts/Compensation
      • Employment Agreements
      • Use of Temporary/Leased Contract Employees and Independent Contractors
      • Employment-at-Will
      • Severance Agreements
      • General Counseling on Hiring/Termination
      • Statutory Compliance
  • Payment Practices
      • Fair Labor Standards Act
      • Wage and Hour Compensation/Overtime Issues
      • Employee Exemptions
      • Federal/ State Wage Payment and Collection Laws
      • Unemployment Compensation
      • Prosecution and Defense of Claims before Federal and Administrative Agencies and Courts
  • Immigration
      • Labor Certification
      • Labor Condition Applications
      • Employment-Based Visas / Preference Immigration Petitions
      • Temporary Employment Visas
      • Training / Education Program-Based Visas
      • Family-Based Immigration Petitions
      • Permanent Residence Based on Employment and Investment
      • Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing
      • Regulatory Compliance
      • Government Immigration Audits / Enforcement Actions
      • Healthcare / Entertainment / Sports Immigration
      • Global Migration
      • Asylum Representation
      • Corporate Reorganizations
  • Employee Benefits Consulting
      • Qualified Retirement Plan Consulting
      • Welfare and Fringe Benefit Plan Consulting
      • Executive and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Consulting
      • Plan Design and Consulting for Tax-Exempt Organizations and Governments
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation and Lawsuit Avoidance
      • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Accessibility Claims
      • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
      • Affirmative Action Plans
      • Fair Housing Act
      • Family and Medical Leave Act
      • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
      • Equal Employment Opportunity Claims/EEO-1 Statements
      • Equal Pay Act
      • Sexual Harassment
      • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
      • Title IX
      • Wrongful Discharge
      • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) compliance
      • Representation in Employment Discrimination litigation Before:
        • Federal and State Courts and Administrative Agencies
        • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
        • State/Municipal Human Relations Commissions
  • National Labor Relations Act and Union Issues
      • Grievances
      • Arbitration
      • National Labor Relations Board Proceedings
      • Wage/Hour Representation before U.S. Department of Labor
      • Union Avoidance
  • Director/Officer Liability Litigation
      • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
      • Breach of Fidelity Claims
      • Negligence Claims
      • Insurance Coverage Claims
  • Disparagement/Defamation Claims
  • Preventative Training in Employment Law Matters
      • Workplace Practices
      • Employment Hiring and Contracts
      • Payment Practices
      • Immigration
      • Pension Administration
      • Benefit Administration
      • Employment Discrimination Litigation and Lawsuit Avoidance
      • National Labor Relations Act and Union Issues
      • Director/Officer Liability Litigation
      • Disparagement/Defamation Claims
      • Preventative Training in Employment Law Matters
      • Ethics Proceedings
      • IRS/Department of Labor Audits
      • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • Federal/State Human Relations Acts
      • Reductions in Force
      • Establishment of WBE/MBE/DBE Businesses
      • Whistleblower Statutes
  • Ethics Proceedings
  • IRS/Department of Labor Audits
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • Early Neutral Evaluation
      • Mediation
      • Arbitration
  • Federal/State Human Relations Acts
  • Reductions in Force
  • Establishment of WBE/MBE/DBE Businesses
  • Whistleblower Statutes