Where smart trumps big

Farleigh Wada Witt was formed in 1981 with one purpose and a world of ambition. Our mission then was the same as it is today: To provide timely and effective legal service and guide clients to success in a competitive marketplace. We combine wisdom and creativity to solve client problems and use experience and technology to deliver insightful legal advice, in hours instead of weeks.

Employment

The rules of the workplace continue to change rapidly. Employment law has become increasingly complex because of overlapping state and federal laws and an explosion of litigation. Our mission is simple: give employers a sound framework for managing their human resources and minimize litigation. We provide practical advice for policy development, employment agreements, complaint resolution, discipline, termination, and compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws. We recognize that sometimes litigation is unavoidable. The Farleigh Wada Witt employment lawyers have significant experience in handling employment litigation, including administrative hearings, arbitration, and mediation.

Employee Manuals, Policies, and Procedures

Our employment lawyers assist clients with the development, drafting, and implementation of employee manuals, policies, and claims investigation procedures. Many of our attorneys who assist in the preparation and implementation of these policies and procedures are also litigators who have seen first-hand the reaction of courts and juries to particular issues. We also advise clients on employment law compliance issues, including wage and hour laws, leaves of absence, accommodation for disabled employees, and affirmative action plans.

Discipline, Termination, and Severance Packages

We recognize that the manner in which discipline and/or termination of employment is handled often determines whether litigation will ensue. Our employment lawyers assist clients in correctly analyzing the nature of the employment relationship, the statutes and regulations that may apply, and the application of the employer's policies in the specific context presented. We counsel our clients on documentation of events and decisions, strategies for meetings and employment actions, and preparation of severance packages in appropriate cases.

Litigation and Administrative Proceedings

We are experienced in handling all aspects of employment-related disputes and litigation. We have firsthand experience with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, the Washington Human Rights Commission, the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. We regularly represent clients in cases involving:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Compensation
  • Employee Classification
  • Enforcement of non-competition agreements
  • Protection of confidential information and trade secrets
  • Breach of employment contracts

Employment Agreements, Executive Incentives, and Trade Secrets

Employment and consulting agreements are often key to attracting and retaining talented senior management. We have negotiated and drafted these agreements for both employers and senior management employees. We also prepare qualified and non-qualified option plans and other incentive arrangements for our clients.

Many companies have valuable trade secrets, business information, and business relationships that must be protected. The enforceability of these agreements can be pivotal to an employer's business success. These agreements may also protect the employer's rights in inventions and innovations developed by its employees on the job. We are well equipped to draft comprehensive agreements to protect employers in these areas.

Portland - 121 SW Morrison, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97204 - 503.228.6044
Central Oregon - Five Pine Station, 750 Buckaroo Trail, Suite 203, Sisters, Oregon 97759 - 541.549.4958