Employers must defend against claims that arise from the hiring and termination of employees, employment discrimination, wage and compensation, workplace privacy, and workplace safety. In addition, claims can concern benefits, such as family and medical leave, contracts not to compete, and wages.
Murphy Cordier Casale Axel PLC employment law attorneys are experienced litigators who have represented employers in all types of cases, including harassment and discrimination.
Harassment can take many forms but is typically described as unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information. Employers are faced with claims from employees for failing to maintain a safe and professional work environment. Harassment can encompass several types of behavior that can violate civil and criminal laws—both under Arizona state law and federal legislation. Workplace harassment can result in significant jury verdicts for victims when a co-worker, along with the employer, is found liable. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation and uncover all the facts so that the business is not damaged by the acts of another individual.
Another type of claim with which Murphy Cordier Casale Axel PLC employment law attorneys help clients is discrimination. In Arizona, this can involve a charge of discrimination filed with the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General’s Office (ACRD), which can initiate an investigation of the allegations. Our attorneys work with our clients to protect the interest of their businesses and to be certain that all the facts are uncovered, as in some instances even when the ACRD determines that no unlawful discriminatory practice or act has occurred, individuals may still bring their own civil action against an employer.
In many instances, employment claims can be prevented or damages lessened by education of staff and managers. In addition to defending employers in employment litigation actions, our attorneys assist human resources departments in staying up-to-date with state and federal regulations so that preventative action can be taken to create an enjoyable work environment and to eliminate issues before they become major.