Employment and Labor Law

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett lawyers are experienced in all aspects of employment and labor issues, from providing strategies to minimize and manage the risk of employment-related litigation to skillful advocacy at trial and appeals.

Our proactive approach seeks to prevent litigation by helping our clients anticipate and address emerging issues. When litigation is unavoidable, our experienced lawyers will help you successfully navigate through the legal process. Our lawyers routinely provide risk management consultation to develop strategies to manage the risk of employment-related litigation. The firm offers a variety of preventive services, including employment law training, assistance with drafting employee handbooks and policies, and consultation with clients regarding discipline and human resource issues.

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett expeditiously carries out thorough investigations for potential misconduct and then addresses issues in advance of any potential litigation. Our lawyers have many years of experience conducting investigations involving allegations of workplace misconduct, student misconduct, and a variety of school-related claims. We are particularly adept at handling matters involving sensitive allegations with highly- charged parties in matters receiving significant publicity.

When employment and labor disputes arise, clients depend on our lawyers’ vast experience handling claims involving wrongful discharge, discrimination (gender, age, disability, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion), sexual harassment, hostile workplace, whistleblower retaliation, negligent supervision, defamation, family and medical leave-related issues, and wage and hour disputes.

We have significant experience counseling clients regarding labor union-related matters and sensitive issues within a union context. Our lawyers have handled cases involving labor representation, contract negotiations, discipline and contract grievances, and unfair labor practice charges. We provide our clients with practical advice to address immediate issues while protecting long-term interests.

Lawyers Practicing Employment and Labor Law

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