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Goodwin Procter’s Labor & Employment Practice involves representation of management in all areas of labor and employment law. Our attorneys counsel local, regional and national companies across a broad spectrum of industries, including high technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation, printing, public utilities, banking, financial services, retailing, health care, and construction.

We provide practical advice to employers with respect to all aspects of the employment relationship, ranging from hiring and disciplinary practices, compensation practices, workplace violence, privacy concerns, issues arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, loyalty issues, and protection of employer good will and proprietary information via restrictions on post-employment competition. We combine in-depth legal knowledge with focused, practical experience to help managers make real-world judgments while minimizing potential exposure.

Our attorneys have extensive employment litigation experience involving all significant employment law issues, including reasonable accommodation of disabilities; sexual harassment; discrimination claims arising out of reductions in force; individual disparate treatment claims; wrongful discharge/public policy claims; employment contract and employee benefits claims; wage and hour disputes; and enforcement of noncompetition obligations. Our experience includes defending class and collective actions as well as cases brought by individual plaintiffs.

Our practice includes representation of management before the National Labor Relations Board in union organizing and unfair labor practice cases. We represent employers in collective bargaining negotiations with unions and in labor arbitration proceedings. We also assist clients in maintaining or reinstating a union-free atmosphere.

We have extensive experience in Department of Labor investigations and litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and Executive Order 11246. We help clients develop affirmative action programs and represent them during DOL audits of those programs.

We are committed to providing aggressive and cost-effective representation. Our attorneys make early assessments of potential liability, work closely with management to weigh the principles at stake in each case against the cost of defending them, and carefully consider the feasibility of alternative dispute resolution. In litigating cases, we emphasize thoughtful preparation of legal and factual defenses, with an eye toward summary judgment.