Advising Management on Workplace Matters
Located in Washington, DC, Friedlander Misler has represented tri-state and national businesses in employment matters for the past five decades. Our firm regularly acts as local counsel on behalf of out-of-state lawyers who need trusted, effective representation in District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia cases.
Friedlander Misler takes a multi-pronged approach to the issue of employment discrimination. First, we take steps to prevent discrimination in the workplace by analyzing company policies, training programs and other factors. Next, we advise clients on particular circumstances that may give rise to a discrimination claim, with the goal of avoiding litigation when possible. Should a complaint be filed against your company, we vehemently defend your interests.
Creating Effective Workplace Policies
Both your business and your employees benefit from clear, effective anti-discrimination policies. Your employee handbook should contain the policies and procedures for filing a grievance with the company. In addition, your management should be fully trained in avoiding discriminatory conduct.
Our attorneys conduct a full review of a company’s anti-discrimination policies and address issues that could invite a grievance complaint. We help clients draft a handbook or revise current policies to best prevent discrimination in the workplace and protect the company from claims.
Avoiding and Challenging a Discrimination Claim
You may have questions about a particular policy or employee situation. Our attorneys evaluate whether a decision would result in disparate treatment, even though discrimination is not your intention. We evaluate seemingly innocuous decisions that may have an unintended disparate impact on various groups.
Even the most careful employer may face a discrimination complaint. In this case, we walk you step-by-step through the process of dealing with an internal complaint. Your quick and appropriate response to a complaint is often enough to protect the employee’s rights while avoiding further action.
If you are concerned that an employee may make an unfounded discrimination allegation, you should begin building your challenge by documenting the events that support your decisions. For example, keep records of the cause for termination of an employee and remain consistent regarding your dismissal procedures and reasons.
Defending Businesses Against Discrimination Claims
Our lawyers regularly appear before the EEOC and in court on discrimination cases. We are experienced in defending businesses accused of race, national origin, age, disability, religious and gender discrimination that involve Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 and other federal statutes.
We build a solid defense backed by persuasive evidence that your actions were not discriminatory or that you had a legitimate, non-discriminatory business reason or a business necessity for the decision.
Protect Your Business Interests Against Discrimination Claims
Learn more about preventing discrimination in your workplace and protecting your interests when claims arise. Schedule a consultation by calling Friedlander Misler at 202-872-0800.