Employment Law

OFW’s Employment Law Practice Group provides advice and representation to companies, non-profits, trade associations, and employees in all facets of labor and employment law, including before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), as well as in arbitrations and litigation before Federal and State courts. OFW Principals Elliot Belilos and Stewart Fried have represented clients with respect to employment issues arising under Title VII and state laws, including claims involving race, gender, age, national origin, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination; sexual harassment; wrongful discharge; breach of contract; covenants not to compete; non-disclosure agreements (“NDAs”), wage and hour violations; employee diversity and affirmative action, including position statements and responses to the EEOC and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs requests for information and audits. We have expertise in issues involving occupational safety and health; employee privacy; workplace violence; drug-free workplace; Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and return to work issues; Fair Labor Standards Act; Workers Adjustment and Retraining and Notification Act (“WARN”); and the Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Mr. Belilos and Mr. Fried have also drafted employee handbooks for employers, and provided counsel on a variety of issues concerning non-compete agreements, severance agreements and independent contractor/employee issues.

Representative matters include:

  • Investigated and resolved dozens of complaints involving race, gender, sexual harassment and other forms of claimed discrimination.
  • Successfully argued for summary judgment and negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of clients in employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases, saving clients substantial costs that would have resulted from protracted litigation.
  • Assisted clients with new employee orientation and anti-discrimination training to reduce the risks of future litigation.
  • Drafted employee handbooks and other employment-related corporate policies.
  • Negotiated favorable separation terms on behalf of both employers and senior executives.
  • Negotiated and drafted non-compete and non-disclosure agreements.
  • Provided counsel to corporate clients on acquisition-related employment issues.

Professionals: Elliot Belilos, Stewart D. Fried