Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation

Waller attorneys have experience counseling employers on compliance with equal employment opportunity laws and defending a broad spectrum of discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits and investigations. 

With client relationships spanning decades, Waller partners closely with employers to successfully obtain summary dismissal in all types of cases including race, age, gender, disability, and religious discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.

Noted by Chambers USA for our "particular strength in ... discrimination class and collective actions," our focused strategic planning and sharp attention to detail at the outset of any issue ensures that our clients' goals are our highest priority. Corporations and executives trust Waller to view the issues from their perspective and guide them to resolution.  

Representing employers in a wide range of industries against allegations involving harassment and discrimination, Waller attorneys have experience defending a broad spectrum of discrimination and harassment allegations, including:

  • Allegations of a company-wide hostile work environment based on race and systemic disparate treatment in hiring, promotion, training and discipline
  • The largest employment discrimination case filed in the state of Tennessee, where 92 current and former employees sued the company alleging multiple claims of race discrimination, racial harassment and retaliation in the company's Union City, Tennessee, manufacturing facility
  • Multiple charges of discrimination by African-American employees alleging that they have been repeatedly subjected to hostile treatment and disparate treatment based on race alleging discrimination, failure to promote and discipline
  • A nationwide FLSA collective action with companion state law class claims
  • An ERISA action in which the Plaintiff alleged that he and a purported class of individuals suffering from Autism were wrongfully denied coverage for "Applied Behavioral Analysis" treatment
  • Employment litigation involving 15 separate lawsuits in state and federal court alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment, age discrimination, violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, constructive discharge and other wrongful termination allegations

Discrimination Claims

When an employee believes he or she has been treated differently because of race, age, gender, disability or religion, our clients are typically informed through an administrative charge, lawsuit or attorney demand letter. In each case, employers depend on Waller to navigate these issues and resolve the matter quickly, quietly and cost-effectively.

Harassment

We work with employers involved in claims of hostile work environments related to one of the protected categories of race, age, gender, disability or religion.

Retaliation

Retaliation claims - allegations that an employee's pay or employment status has been impacted after filing a complaint - can escalate quickly, even evolving into a whistleblower case, where an employee accuses the company of fraud or an adverse employment action. In these scenarios, Waller works with clients to address retaliation claims and limit further disruption to business operations. In situations where employees become whistleblowers, we take a multidisciplinary approach with our experienced government investigations and white collar team, several of whom are former government prosecutors. 

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