Since 1972, Neel, Hooper & Banes, P.C. labor law attorneys represent management in all phases of labor and employment law and employee relations. Our services broadly include union avoidance; defending claims of discrimination arising under various civil rights acts before administrative agencies and courts; representing employers in wrongful termination suits and other employment related litigation; handling claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal and state wage-related statutes; defense of OSHA matters; defense of claims of violation by employers of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; representation of employers in contract negotiations and grievances under collective bargaining agreements; representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board; assisting employers in drafting and seeking enforcement of employment contracts; and ongoing advice and counsel regarding employment issues, including the review, development and implementation of company policies and employee handbooks. We also provide our clients with particular expertise in assisting with government contract-related issues.
While we continue to handle more traditional labor work such as union organizational campaigns, unfair labor practice trials, arbitrations and the like, the bulk of our case load since the late 1980’s has been in representing employers in various forums on claims of discriminatory treatment. Over that period, we have handled to conclusion at the trier of fact level, cases involving alleged sex (including sexual harassment), age, race, national origin, disability or retaliation discrimination; alleged breaches of employment contracts created by oral promises and/or handbooks or other written pronouncements; claimed breaches of an alleged good faith and fair dealing obligation; alleged discriminatory treatment because of an employee’s filing a workers’ compensation claim or complaining about unsafe practices; slander, libel, blacklisting, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and alleged tortious interference with contractual relationships.