Paul E. Bateman is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm’s inclusion, equity, and diversity activities. In this role, he collaborates with Littler colleagues to advance inclusion, equity, and diversity as core components of firm culture. He also partners with clients on IE&D related programs focused on lawyer development, networking, business development, and mentoring.
Additionally, he provides counsel for both global and local employers, including airlines, universities, manufacturers and professional services, including financial and real estate, in all facets of labor and employment law. His practice encompasses representing and counseling employers in employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour issues, traditional labor law matters, labor arbitrations and injunction proceedings.
With significant litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels, Paul has appeared in federal and state courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and other administrative agencies. He handles matters arising under:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- The National Labor Relations Act
- The Labor Management Relations Act
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- The Occupational Safety and Health Act
In addition to his practice, Paul frequently speaks on labor and employment law matters before bar, trade, and educational groups. He served as a member of the firm's Management Committee from 2006 to 2014 and also serves as a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.