Chris Suffecool represents employers in cases involving a variety of claims arising under state and federal law, including:
- Wage and hour class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state laws
- Wrongful termination
- Unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
Chris has obtained summary judgment on claims of discrimination and wrongful termination, and secured dismissals with prejudice of Title VII claims against his clients.
Chris also advises management on state and federal employment regulatory matters, including state minimum wage, sick leave, overtime laws, hiring and onboarding, and FLSA compliance.
Prior to joining Littler, Chris gained valuable litigation experience as an associate at several Phoenix area firms. A sample of representative matters involving employment litigation include:
- A multistate wage and hour class action in New York federal court challenging the employer’s tip credit and uniform allowance pay under the FLSA and various state laws
- Claims of defamation and tortious interference with business expectations brought against the employer by an independent contractor
- A broad injunction obtained against a customer who repeatedly threatened members of management, thereby preventing that customer from contacting management or entering into any of the employer’s locations statewide
- Trespass actions brought in multiple states barring demonstration activity from the employer’s private property
Regarding labor matters, Chris has:
- Defended against an unfair labor practice charge that challenged the employer’s decision to close a facility, including allegations of nationwide retaliation
- Defended against multiple other unfair labor practice charges, involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and employment handbook provisions
- Defeated a union organizing campaign at a manufacturing plant
In an internal investigation, Chris assisted in securing $200 million in recovered funds for the largest public pension fund in the United States, following a large-scale investigation that uncovered corruption and self-dealing.
During law school, Chris served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Robert C. Broomfield and the Hon. Mary H. Murguia, both of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.