Labor & Employment Law

Employment disputes are always difficult for all concerned.  At the same time, the growth of employment laws and regulations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as nationally, have created new rights and imposed new duties that make even the most basic of employment relationships confusing and complex.  Cyber security is the latest and most significant concern for employers in this regard, which in turn requires the right legal advice, training and policies tailored to each employer’s industry, circumstances and needs. The experienced team of employment lawyers at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC understands these fundamental points, has a successful track record of dealing with these issues, and will be there to help guide you through the entire process.  We take pride in being responsive, solution oriented, practical and as cost efficient as possible.  Our extensive litigation background helps us shape strategies to avoid unnecessary employment litigation and to be successful when litigation must be undertaken.

We represent clients and provide advice on all types of employment issues including privacy and information security issues, discrimination matters, retaliation and whistleblower complaints, wage and hour claims, noncompetition disputes, military leave issues, family medical leave issues, separation packages, safety and health violations, and wrongful termination claims.  In the increasingly complex legal world, we also have significant experience in employment law class actions.

With privacy concerns, information security and data security having become such important employment law issues, we work closely with clients so that the most beneficial training and policies are in place, the appropriate non-competition, non-disclosure and confidentiality documents have been signed, and the right security procedures have been implemented to safeguard against a data or information breach.  In the event of a breach, we work closely with forensic information technology experts to limit and remedy the client’s exposure, to  identify the responsible individual, and to assist the client in returning its focus to its original business purpose.  We also enforce non-competition and non-disclosure agreements and vigorously pursue cases of theft or misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information.

We regularly handle employment matters at the state and federal levels before administrative agencies and courts.  We have handled matters before the State Superior Courts and the United States District Courts in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Maine Human Rights Commission, and the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine Departments of Labor.  At the federal level, we also have handled claims before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).