The ever increasing rate of claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation against business entities creates a challenge for employers to ensure compliance with sometimes differing state and federal laws. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending employers and businesses against all types of employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, violation of state and federal Whistleblower laws, and wage and hour claims. Our representation of clients spans the duration of claims from the administrative level with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission through the litigation phase in both state and federal court. It includes taking cases through various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including formal and informal settlement negotiations, mediation and arbitration, as well as litigating cases through pre-trial discovery, motions practice, trial, and appellate review. Because every case is unique and every client has different needs, we commit ourselves to representing the best interests of each client and providing well-reasoned advice for each specific circumstance.
In addition to litigation, our practice includes pre-litigation support through advice on best practices, drafting and updating employee handbooks, developing strategies for handling difficult employment situations, and drafting, reviewing and negotiating pre- and post-employment agreements.
Our attorneys have taught at the William S. Richardson School of Law and often speak in public forums on employment-related legal issues.