Labor & Employment Practice Led by Cathryn Dammel, a 30-year veteran with in-house and private firm experience, our Labor & Employment practice is seasoned and distinctive. Whether helping a small family shop or a Fortune 500 company, we delve into the workplace culture, business philosophy, and big picture goals. The result is not just legal solutions for employee issues, but practical and strategic insights that are relevant to our client’s business.

With that unique understanding of labor and employment needs, Impact Law Group offers:

Advice and Counseling
  • Discrimination, harassment and at-will employment questions
  • Hiring, performance management and termination issues
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Disability accommodation
  • Leaves of absence
  • Workplace violence
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Interaction of workers compensation, leave and disability laws
Workplace Investigations
  • Provide strategic input and planning ~ e.g., claims of workplace harassment, discrimination, failure to accommodate, retaliation, other misconduct.
  • Conduct or assist with interviews, document gathering and fact-finding.
  • Evaluate evidence, draw conclusions and respond to complaints.
Litigation and Administrative Actions
  • Workplace discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliation
  • Wage and hour ~ e.g., misclassified employees, wrongful withholding
  • Employment torts ~ e.g., defamation, negligent hiring
  • Trade secrets ~ e.g., noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, other breaches
  • Administrative charges, claims and complaints ~ investigations, responses and hearings before EEOC, Labor & Industries, NLRB and other agencies
Labor Relations
  • Administration and interpretation of labor contracts
  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Grievance handling and management
  • Labor arbitrations
  • Unfair labor practices
Proactive Employment Practices
  • Human Resource management ~ e.g., draft and review employee handbooks, severance agreements, and other key documents, advise on best practices
  • Protecting trade secrets ~ e.g., draft noncompetition, nondisclosure and related contracts
  • Compliance audits and strategies from hiring to firing ~ e.g., personnel and other employee files, recordkeeping, documentation, discharge practices, worker classifications
  • Training ~ customized, interactive programs for management and front-line employees on topics such as harassment, leaves, investigations, performance management and others
Recent Matters:
  • Terminated health care worker’s lawsuit for race and disability discrimination and failure to accommodate dismissed with prejudice on summary judgment by federal district court.
  • Employee’s charge of race, color, national origin, and age discrimination dismissed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Union organizer’s whistleblower and race discrimination complaint dismissed by Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
  • Multi-million dollar contractual pay grievance brought by hundreds of union employees denied by labor arbitrator.
  • Injured worker’s allegations of harassment, retaliation, and failure to accommodate rejected by Washington Department of Labor & Industries.
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