Emily Haigh represents and advises employers facing a wide variety of labor and employment law issues. These issues range from front-end training and compliance assistance to high-stakes litigation.
Emily is an experienced neutral investigator and has conducted hundreds of complex internal investigations of sensitive workplace matters. Prior to joining Littler, Emily supervised and reviewed administrative investigations for the U.S. Army in her capacity as a judge advocate. Emily also facilitates workshops for employers on how to conduct compliant investigations.
Emily emphasizes practical solutions while also keeping businesses free to focus on what allows them to be successful. She has extensive experience advising employers and defending litigation involving issues such as:
- Wrongful termination
- Discrimination, harassment and retaliation
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- New York State and City Human Rights Law
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour/wage payment and collection laws
- New York’s Unemployment Insurance Law
- Employment policies, handbooks and contracts
In her practice, Emily prioritizes resolution of workplace disputes and regularly represents her clients in alternative dispute resolution, such as mutual mediations. When informal efforts to resolve disputes prove unsuccessful, Emily zealously advocates for her clients as an experienced litigator. Emily has amassed extensive pre-trial and jury trial experience. Emily’s trial experience includes dozens of multiday jury and bench trials in federal court as well as administrative hearings. She also has taken and defended numerous depositions and handled extensive motion practice.
Emily is one of Littler’s lead national sexual harassment prevention trainers. She has deep knowledge of #MeToo training laws and has facilitated hundreds of training sessions before large audiences as well as one-on-one executive coaching. Her vast experience in sexual harassment and assault laws allows her to apply a pragmatic and legally focused approach to her practice. Emily’s subject-matter experience includes a wide range of sex and gender based legal protections, including topics of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy related conditions, parental leave laws and lactation accommodation requirements.
Emily also facilitates workplace discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), including training that satisfies the New York Continuing Legal Education training requirement on diversity and bias elimination in the legal field.
Emily is one of the founders of the firm’s Veterans Affinity Group for attorneys who served in the U.S. Military. The initiative seeks to connect veterans at Littler with veterans in business as well as provide employers with subject matter knowledge on military related topics in civilian workplaces.