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Equal Employment Opportunity/Discrimination Claims

Since the first civil rights laws were passed in the 1960s, Littler has counseled employers on complying with equal employment opportunity laws and defended employers in discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuits and regulatory investigations.  To this day, Littler’s exclusive focus on employment law permits us to have a select group of attorneys who focus their practice on federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and the nuanced issues that arise under them.

  • Experienced Team
  • National Footprint
  • Knowledge Management


Ahead of the Curve

Littler values our attorneys’ collective experiences, and the firm attracts and retains preeminent lawyers who are leaders in the field of EEO law.  Littler understands any changes or new issues that arise in employment law.  We go to great lengths to ensure that employers are provided focused, proactive counseling as these changes and issues arise.  In addition to Littler’s blogs, webinars, timely articles and numerous books, Littler attorneys frequently contribute to external publications and are often guest speakers at national employment conferences and seminars.

Littler practitioners share their expertise with each other to the mutual benefit of our clients and the firm.  Sharing knowledge is a core value of the firm, backed up with advanced knowledge-management technology.  The wealth of knowledge at Littler is easily transferred to our clients, whether it be through one-on-one communication to efficiently answer a client’s question or through a timely client webinar on a topic of interest.

Attentive Defense of Litigation

At Littler, we approach an employer’s case with the understanding that litigation can be both costly and time consuming, and, therefore, we collaborate with our clients on a strategy from the outset.

We know the case law and regulations because we deal with them on a daily basis.  We are familiar with the jurists we practice before and often the opposing counsel.  The combined depth of knowledge of the law and the understanding of the practices of various jurisdictions allows us to counsel proactively and defend employers efficiently. 

Littler has successfully handled cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including individual and class actions, as well as systemic and pattern or practice lawsuits filed by the EEOC.

Defending Employers Before The EEOC and Other EEO Agencies

At Littler, our team includes lawyers who have worked for the EEOC and state equal employment agencies, former Congressional staffers who helped draft pertinent EEO-related legislation and leaders of the EEO Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Section, who have worked in tandem with various Chairs, Commissioners and senior leadership of the EEOC.  These attorneys’ prior experience provides Littler with the distinct ability to understand an agency’s perspective during an initial investigation of an EEO charge through trial.

Littler also closely monitors EEOC public hearings, court filings, settlements and court opinions to best advise clients of recent EEOC developments.

Littler attorneys have represented employers in thousands of EEO agency proceedings, and the firm has developed a strong focus on assisting employers with systemic and pattern or practice investigations.

Counseling and Training

A signature of Littler’s practice is our ability to help employers comply with equal employment opportunity laws and take precautionary measures to deter litigation.  We frequently assist employers in developing legally compliant policies, counsel employers on employment-related decisions, review employment policies, provide audit services to employers to proactively assess and correct problematic practices, and perform disparate impact analyses to ensure that employment decisions do not adversely affect a protected group.

Littler also offers extensive training programs for employers as part of our overall efforts to work closely with our clients to ensure they are compliant with applicable laws and regulations.

Our Clients

We value each of our clients.  Littler’s clients include small, family-owned enterprises, international corporations, government agencies, nonprofit groups, and numerous entities in the healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, retail, service and hospitality industries.