Employment Discrimination

Our firm's approach to employment discrimination litigation is to evaluate the case objectively, to discuss the merits of the case frankly and honestly with the client, to assess settlement potential at the earliest appropriate stage for the client, to always keep the client informed, to staff the case efficiently, to conduct discovery with summary judgment as the goal and, when necessary, to defend the client aggressively and effectively at trial.

Clark Hill PLC has litigated hundreds of discrimination cases under state and federal statutes such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Equal Pay Act. These lawsuits have dealt with every conceivable type of alleged discrimination and a wide array of situations, such as:

  • Failure to hire, train and promote claims
  • Unequal pay claims
  • Claims of pregnancy and marital status discrimination
  • Disability claims, including claims involving the failure to
  • reasonably accommodate
  • Claims attacking bona fide occupational qualifications
  • Claims of retaliation for having asserted claims of discrimination

We successfully defended two cities in large class action suits alleging race discrimination. We successfully defeated class certification in both actions, and obtained summary judgment in federal court on the issue of liability against all individual plaintiffs. In addition to litigating employment discrimination claims, our practice focuses on providing counseling aimed at avoiding such disputes. This counseling ranges from training management-level employees on employment and labor laws to providing in-depth analysis and advice regarding specific employment-related issues.