Legal Assistance In A Complex Workplace
The explosion in state and federal court litigation during the past several years is a testament to the willingness of private and public sector employees, often with the assistance of organized labor, to challenge the fundamental business decision-making of their employers.
At Theisen & Associates in Fort Wayne, Indiana, we are highly qualified to represent the interests of private and public sector employers, both union and nonunion. Our attorneys include litigators, labor negotiators and human resources specialists, all of whom are equipped to assist employers in accomplishing their specific workplace objectives. We have negotiated numerous labor contracts with several international unions, including the Teamsters, United Automobile Workers, Steelworkers, Machinists, IUE-CWA, and others throughout the country.
Protecting The Rights Of Employees
Our attorneys have successfully arbitrated cases ranging in scope from discipline and discharge to the unilateral exercise of management rights. We have frequently trained management personnel on maintaining union-free status, as well as effectively supervising and disciplining hourly employees in union and nonunion settings. We practice before the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in the state and federal courts.
An important adjunct to our practice focuses on “employment-at-will” status issues, wrongful discharge, privacy and defamation, drug testing and a variety of workplace issues. We counsel and advise employers on compliance with a myriad state and federal statutory schemes, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act (wage and hour), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the National Labor Relations Act.
We assist clients in developing employee handbooks, workplace policies and procedures to aid them in responding to the day-to-day employment issues which arise. In addition, we work closely with our clients and train their management and supervisory employees to help them maintain a union-free workplace and to assist them in combating organizing campaigns by preparing materials to effectively defeat such campaigns.
We can also help workers who suffer injuries on the job. Has your employer treated you unfairly after an injury? Common issues include:
- Denying workers’ compensation benefits
- Denying FMLA leave
- Denying long-term disability claims
- Discriminating against injured workers
- Finding an excuse to fire you and replace you with a new hire, rather than paying benefits and allowing you to return to work.
Any injury should not end your career. Our lawyers are uniquely qualified to help with our combined expertise in personal injury and employment law. No matter what issues you face, we can serve as your dedicated advocates, aggressively fighting for your rights. We help reduce stress so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
Along with the above, we also handle discrimination cases and other labor law claims. Remember, you have legal protections against discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age and much more. When your employer violates those rights, we help you stand up for yourself. An experienced attorney can serve as a strong advocate and help guide you through the process.