Littler is the labor and employment law firm of choice for many of the nation’s most recognizable names in the hospitality industry. Within the hospitality community, we are known for our extensive industry knowledge and our innovative approaches to solving workplace problems.

With clients that stretch from international restaurant chains, casinos and landmark hotels to local boutique and independent hospitality service providers, our attorneys understand the complex legal issues and regulations that affect today’s hospitality employers. We have represented and counseled our clients on the full range of workplace issues, from labor organizing drives to class action litigation to corporate restructuring.

Restaurant Industry Experience

Littler represents hundreds of restaurant clients, including full-service restaurants and restaurant chains. Through the experience gained representing these employers, we understand and provide strategic advice to clients on the labor and employment issues that are distinct to the restaurant industry, such as wage and hour laws related to tipping, meal and rest breaks, predictive scheduling, and compliance with state laws regarding procedures for requiring, supplying, and laundering uniforms. We also closely track and help prepare these clients for the latest legislation that will impact them, such as federal and state regulations on tip credits and tip pooling.

Hotel, Casino, and Resort Industry Experience

Littler’s clients include national and regional hotel chains, landmark hotels, resort properties, and casinos, as well as tourist and hospitality associations. We also represent international resort and gaming facilities and Native American resorts and casinos. We have significant experience in advising clients on the labor and employment issues specific to hotels, casinos, and resorts, such as the growing body of laws aimed at regulating workplace conditions for housekeeping employees.

Our Services

Littler attorneys in the hospitality practice group have substantial experience in wage and hour issues, workplace safety, labor-management relations, and employment discrimination, particularly as those topics intersect with the hospitality industry.

Our services include:

  • Counseling: We advise on day-to-day employment issues to help avoid or minimize litigation and disruption to workplace operations. In addition, we keep pace with changes to employment-related federal, state, and local laws and advise clients on how to comply with these changes, including reviewing and updating written employment policies.
  • Litigation: We represent clients in state and federal court, before administrative agencies at all levels of government, and in private arbitration proceedings.
  • Labor Relations: We provide clients with employee relations advice to help maintain union-free environments. In addition, we act as counsel for unionized clients in contract negotiations and grievance and arbitration process management, and we practice before the National Labor Relations Board and parallel state labor agencies.
  • Safety Compliance: We prepare and review workplace safety programs and procedures as well as employee handbooks and other written policies for compliance with local, state and federal statutes. We also assist clients with occupational safety and health agency citations and provide workplace training.

We also counsel hospitality industry clients on compliance with the ADA, reductions in force, WARN provisions, and other workplace requirements. In addition, we provide compliance products specifically directed to franchise systems.

Hospitality Contacts

Jennifer Robinson

Office Managing Shareholder

David B. Jordan