Sussman

Employment Disputes

We represent employers in litigation of employment claims in arbitration in state and federal court, and in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies.  Our work includes defense of discrimination, harassment, medical leave, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.  Our litigation practice also includes representing both employers and employees in actions arising from employment contracts, including disputes arising from non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.

Representative Experience

Defended Pregnancy Discrimination Claim
Defended client sued by former employee for pregnancy discrimination based on employer's refusal to provide "light duty" to pregnant employee.  Established employer right to limit "light duty" to employees who suffer work-related injuries and obtained withdrawal of administrative claim based on same.

Defended Employer Against Workers' Compensation Discrimination Claim
Defended trucking company against former employee's claims of worker's compensation discrimination.  After obtaining favorable deposition testimony from plaintiff employee, negotiated dismissal and release of all claims.

Enforced Noncompetition Agreement Against Company's Former Employee
Successfully enforced non-competition agreement, obtained injunction, and obtained damages through favorable settlement against former employee on behalf of national real estate training corporation.

Obtained Dismissal of Employment Claims
On behalf of retail employer, responded to employee's whistle blower and wrongful termination claims filed with Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ("BOLI"). BOLI's investigation confirmed that our client employer had acted appropriately and lawfully, and all claims were dismissed.

Prosecuted Claims Against Company's Director who Misappropriated Company Assets
Successfully prosecuted breach of duty claims against former director of plumbing corporation.  Defendant director settled lawsuit on day jury trial was to begin.


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