The issues facing employers and insurers are more complex today than ever before. The proliferation of legislation covering topics from the disabled worker to the disgruntled whistleblower demands attorneys with expertise that goes beyond the simple wrongful termination claim.

Our Employment Practice Group has the expertise to defend all types of employment-related claims.  More importantly, we focus our efforts on educating our clients so they can remain compliant and avoid lawsuits.  Secrest Wardle provides legal solutions to its clients to avoid problems before they arise and to assure compliance with ever-changing state and federal regulations.

Our Employment Practice Group has experience defending clients in all types of employment-related issues, including the following:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

“At-will” employment/wrongful termination cases

Defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress

Discrimination/harassment claims under Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act (race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, and marital status)

Employment law audits handled by risk manager, outside consultant or in-house personnel

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) claims - evaluation and strategies

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Hostile workplace

Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)

Retaliation claims

Title VII & Civil Rights Acts of 1964

Whistleblower claims under Michigan and federal statutes

Wage and hour

Secrest Wardle is well-familiar with the preparation of employee handbooks, personnel policies, and procedures that will protect your company from legal liability and provide clear and concise statements concerning workplace conduct. We also have extensive experience tailoring employment contracts, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements to the needs of our diverse clientele.