Our Norfolk employment lawyers represent employers in employment disputes, such as employment discrimination and sexual harassment charges and litigation, including claims of age, sex, race, national origin and disability discrimination. We also represent employers in related tort claims, including negligent hiring and retention, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, invasion of privacy and similar claims.
We also handle other statutory, contractual and common law employment claims, including enforcement and defense of covenants not to compete, protection of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and similar issues that arise out of the employment relationship.
Civil Rights and Voting Rights Litigation
We represent government entities and individuals accused of violating constitutional rights in state and federal court. We defend against claims of lack of due process, excessive force, First Amendment retaliation, and wrongful death. In addition, we defend claims involving medical care in correctional settings. The firm also represents governmental entities in voting rights and election litigation.
We assist businesses in minimizing the risks of litigation. We provide employee relations advice across the board, from how to structure employment applications and conduct interviews to how to discipline and terminate employees. For many smaller businesses, we provide a Human Resources function. For those who have their own Human Resources staff, we work directly with them, or with legal or corporate executives, helping deal with problem employees and address employee relations and benefits problems as soon as they are identified.