Employment Law

Americans spend up to one-third of their lives at work. As such, it is important to not only create and maintain a legally-complaint workplace, but also one that is productive, inclusive, and innovative, where the employees and the employers can thrive.

At The Law Center, we try to create such a workplace ourselves, and we are proud to provide legal counsel and representation for individuals and businesses with the same goals. We can help in all areas of the employment cycle, including the following:

  • Discrimination (see also below)
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Severance Agreements
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Posting Open Positions and Interviewing
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Issues related to COVID-19 (see also below)

The principal attorney in this practice area, Anne Daugherty-Leiter, is both a human resources leader with direct experience and a seasoned employment law attorney. She understands the nuances, both legal and relational, that impact employment decisions and workplace culture.

In addition to the topics listed above, The Law Center provides guidance on many human resources topics to help you avoid litigation, such as:

  • Review of Handbook and Policies/Protocols
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Personnel Management
  • Performance Reviews
  • Trainings for staff and executives
  • Executive and Management Coaching

Issues Related to COVID-19

This is an unsettling time, as the novel coronavirus presents novel questions. Employers may ask if it is acceptable to discipline or even fire employees who don’t follow social distancing/safer-at-home guidelines while off the clock. On the other hand, employees may wonder what rights they have if they are uncomfortable returning to work because their workplace isn’t following proper health and safety guidelines. We can help.

The pandemic has already led to litigation regarding workplace safety, business insurance coverage, discrimination based on race, age, health-status, and disabilities, and wage and hour claims, including under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Law Center is well-situated to provide guidance and support in all employment law areas related to COVID-19. (We can also help the local business community in the filing of their PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan forgiveness applications. See our business law page here for more details.)


We handle discrimination matters based on Title VII, the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) and, where applicable, laws in Wisconsin cities and counties.  We are well-suited to handle employment discrimination based on all protected categories, including sex as defined by the recent U.S. Supreme Court in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, to include sexual orientation and gender identity. For an analysis of Bostock, please stay tuned for an upcoming blog post.

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