Employment Law and EPLI
Our employment law attorneys stay on top of the latest developments in employment law at the state and federal levels and in the courts. Skilled and knowledgeable across the spectrum of employment law issues, we advise employers on potential conflicts to help avoid a dispute from ever arising in the first place or place you in the best position for a positive resolution.
Employment-related lawsuits are on the rise, and any adverse employment action can trigger a lawsuit from a dissatisfied employee. When claims or lawsuits do arise, we provide strategic advice and passionate representation under an employer’s Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), whether through an endorsement to the Business owners Policy (BOP) or as stand-alone coverage.
We offer pre-suit advice and strategy or representation through litigation on any employment law matter including:
- Civil Rights Claims
- Disability and Medical Leave
- Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Discipline and Performance Improvement Plans
- Employee Benefits
- Employment Handbooks, Policies and Procedures
- Family Medical Leave Act Claims (FMLA)
- Human Resources Practices
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Severance Pay
- Separation Agreements
- Unemployment Compensation Claims
- Unfair Labor Practice Claims
- Wrongful Termination
Wage and Hour Claims
We represent employers accused of violating state and federal wage and hour laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or state law. Our representation in this area includes allegations of unpaid wages or wage theft, including minimum wage violations and unpaid overtime, meal and rest breaks, uniform allowances, and more. Complex questions can arise regarding tipped employees, white-collar professionals and other exempt employees, independent contractor status, outside sales representatives, wait time and travel time issues, and others.
Plaintiffs with wage and hour claims can extend their claims back for several years depending on the conduct alleged and often band together for class-actions lawsuits with a high liability exposure to the employer. Whether you have adequate EPLI coverage, are self-insured or uninsured, our team provides valuable pre-suit advice and strategy to fend off litigation and resolve disputes.
Discrimination and Harassment Claims
Businesses large and small receive our signature concierge service and the best possible defense against discrimination claims. KPD will defend against a number of claims including age and disability discrimination, sexual orientation, religious discrimination, sexual harassment, as well as race, color, and sex discrimination.
Our attorneys are familiar with Equal Employment Opportunity Claims (EEO) as well as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the equivalent state law claims. We are prepared to handle cases that fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), as well as the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
We also defend employers accused of sexual harassment in the workplace, including both quid pro quo and hostile work environment claims. These claims can involve alleged harassment from a supervisor or co-worker and are very fact-specific while also entailing complex litigation. Our experienced employment lawyers can offer advice during the investigative phase and help to resolve claims without a lawsuit being filed.