Sullivan & Cromwell’s Labor & Employment Group regularly advises clients on their most challenging matters related to state and federal employment law. In the evolving landscape of the workplace, we provide guidance on emerging legal issues involving social responsibility, Human Capital Management, diversity and inclusion, and COVID-19 regulations and requirements.
We take a cross-disciplinary approach, working collaboratively with our colleagues from other practice areas to provide clients with a full range of labor and employment services. Working with our Corporate Culture, Workplace Investigations & Whistleblower Litigation, we conduct sensitive and complex corporate and workplace internal investigations, including examining whistleblower claims and retaliation allegations. The Group also works closely with members of the Firm’s Executive Compensation Group.
The Labor and Employment Group regularly advises clients on:
- routine and complex discrimination issues and, when necessary, the defense of pattern and practice discrimination litigation in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels;
- advising boards and executives on fostering a positive workplace culture, how their decisions can impact a company’s culture, and in responding to complaints, including in litigation;
- difficult senior executive transition and retention issues, including advice on separation negotiations and litigation concerning such matters as disputes over “good reason” contract provisions;
- restrictive covenant cases involving noncompete, nonsolicit and trade secret claims; cases involving forfeiture of stock awards for breaching such agreements; and other employment-related claims; and
- a broad spectrum of employment matters, including workforce restructuring; compliance with complex U.S. and non-U.S. statutes, independent contractor and Fair Labor Standards Act classification and related wage and hour issues; investigations of employee complaints; resolution of particular employee situations; creation of employment agreements and severance arrangements; international issues; and additional traditional labor law matters.
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