Employment Litigation

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Lindquist & Vennum's employment litigation attorneys defend our clients in contested cases brought before state and federal courts and administrative agencies across the United States. We have significant experience defending statutory claims such as discrimination, harassment, Fair Labor Standards Act, wage and hour, False Claims Act, Family Medical Leave Act, trade secret and minority shareholder disputes, as well as common law claims including, non-compete violations, tortious interference, breach of contract, negligent hiring and retention.

We take a proactive, strategic approach to employment litigation defense, and work closely with clients to execute on the agreed-upon strategy efficiently. We know that employment-related lawsuits can be emotional, time consuming, and expensive. To address these challenges, our attorneys provide an objective and well-informed assessment of the matter at hand, and proactively represent our client’s interests. Our trial attorneys have extensive experience in state, federal, and appeals courts, as well as with agencies such as the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. We leverage this experience and the firm’s vast business law resources to help employers achieve swift and effective resolution to their disputes.

Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment in case alleging misclassification of independent contractors and failure to pay overtime.
  • Defeated claim of race, sex and age discrimination brought in arbitration by former vice president of human resources.
  • Represented employer in worngful termination case brought by highly paid bank executive.
  • Secured victory in Minnesota Court of Appeals in discrimination and harassment case that lasted five years in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
  • Enforced restrictive covenants against financial advisors who left on New Year's Eve to start their own firm.
  • Defended employer accused by its competitor of raiding employees.
  • Obtained dismissal of whistleblower claims against manufacturing company brought by former employee.
  • Obtained dozens of no probable cause findings from the EEOC and comparable fair employment agencies.
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