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Tyson & Mendes represents management in employment disputes in state and federal court, and before federal and state administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Fair Employment & Housing, and the National Labor Relations Board.  By initially providing early and accurate assessments of the risks and costs involved in litigating cases, we are able to consistently formulate winning strategies, whether through settlement, motion practice, mediation, or trial.

Our attorneys believe effective representation at trial is often the product of an effective pre-trial practice.  In some cases, strategically planned and well-crafted motions resolve the case before a trial begins.  In others, motions pare down the issues for trial and allow for the strategic removal (or inclusion) of portions of the case which may assist a jury in rendering a verdict in the client’s favor.

Because litigation can often exact an emotional toll on an employer’s work force as well as present large monetary costs, we often recommend management employ one or more alternative dispute resolution procedures.  While these range from stipulated binding arbitrations to private mediations, they are all designed to bring the client the best possible result within an appropriate time frame.  Management’s goals may be best served by an early resolution, but in other cases litigation may prove necessary.  Bearing in mind the client’s goals, Tyson & Mendes strives to tailor our representation to guide management through the litigation process while allowing the client to continue business operations.

Well-considered pre-litigation advice is essential for assisting management in making employment decisions designed to avoid litigation or to minimize the impact of unfortunate planning.  When accusations of harassment, substance abuse, or similar problems arise, Tyson & Mendes assists management in conducting appropriate, legal, and thorough internal investigations.  At the conclusion of such investigations, management can be confident it is making informed employment decisions after weighing the risks and benefits of its options.  In addition to drafting general policies and forms, we routinely assist management in the separation of employees from the company with effective documentation and severance agreements.

Make It Work: California Employment Law Update

Author: Deborah S. Reisdorph | January 22, 2024 10:03am
California initiates and amends employment laws each January. As an employer, you are required to always maintain compliant company policies. This article will help you start 2024 off right in three key categories: sick pay, drug screening, and noncompete contract notice...

$1.75 M Settlement Ends EEOC Claim

Author: Maria Regina Kupillas | December 19, 2023 4:57pm
After three years, the EEOC and HonorHealth have settled claims of ADA violations. A federal judge has approved the $1.75 million settlement of a case brought in 2020 by the Equal Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), which accused Scottsdale Healthcare Network, which was doing...


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February 17, 2023 10:13am
New laws are coming to fruition on everything from cannabis use to lunch breaks. Insurance professionals and their counsel need to be ready! No area of law is safe from Nuclear Verdicts®. Join experts from Tyson & Mendes’ Employment and Labor practice to learn what the latest updates to the law are and how claims professionals and their defense counsel can break the pattern that leads to Nuclear Verdicts® in employment law cases.
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