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Employment Laws in New Hampshire

Employment Litigation Defense Attorneys in New Hampshire

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As an employer, navigating an employment law claim can be overwhelming, stressful, and frustrating. A negative outcome in this type of litigation has the potential to disrupt the wellbeing of your company.

You need a strong defense team to preserve the future of your business. The New Hampshire employment litigation defense lawyers of Upton & Hatfield, LLP are dedicated to this cause.

For a consultation with our legal team, call (603) 716-9777 or complete our contact form.

Important Employment and Labor Laws

To be valid, employment law claims must be focused on a violation of labor laws.

There are legal regulations that govern every aspect of labor and the relationship between employers and employees. From wages, to work environment, to safety concerns and beyond, there is a law for almost every area of the worker-employer experience.

Employment litigation may focus on laws such as:

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) — This law permits employees to take an extended leave of absence from work to manage a medical condition, care for a family member, and under other circumstances.

  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — FLSA governs minimum wage, overtime pay, and other wage and hour concerns.

  • Anti-discrimination laws — Several state and federal laws prohibit the unfair treatment of workers based on their sex, race, and other characteristics.

  • Safety laws — Work safety laws vary by industry. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) governs most workplaces and defines safety violations.

Types of Employment Law Cases

Employment litigation may focus on issues such as discrimination, retaliation, compensation, employee benefits, and more.

Some of the most common types of employment litigation include:

  • Discrimination — One of the most serious type of employment law cases, discrimination cases focus on instances in which an employee feels unfairly treated based on their sex, race, religion, nationality, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

  • Wage and hour violations — These cases are presented when a worker feels that they were not properly compensated for their hours worked.

  • Contract violations — An employment law claim may be filed based on actions that go against the terms of an agreement.

  • Wrongful termination — An employee that feels they were fired for unjust reasons may file a wrongful termination case.

  • Whistleblower cases — A whistleblower is a worker who reports legal violations by their employer. Whistleblower cases often focus on the wrongful termination of employees who file such reports.

  • Workplace safety — An employee may claim that their employer has committed safety violations. These cases may involve occupational injuries.

  • Workplace sexual harassment — A worker may file an employment law claim if they are facing unwanted sexual advances and comments at work from management and coworkers.

What Our Employer Defense Attorneys Do

The role that we play in your employment law case will depend on the details of the situation. We can assist you with drafting and defending contracts, creating compliant company policies, navigating violation charges, mediating disagreements, and working through wrongful termination claims.

Our firm represents workers and businesses involved in employment law cases. This experience allows us to see both sides of litigation. We can use our knowledge of representing employees to provide insight into the other side’s strategies.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

Our lawyers are available to discuss how we can help your business if you are facing an employment law case. We understand that the impact of an employment law case can extend well beyond litigation. Our team is committed to preserving the integrity of your business and protecting your rights. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

Call (603) 716-9777 or send us a message to schedule a consultation with our New Hampshire employment litigation defense attorneys.

Representative Matters

  • McPadden v. Walmart McPadden v. Walmart

    Achieved a jury verdict of over 31M in a gender discrimination, whistleblower, and wrongful termination lawsuit against Walmart.

  • Employment Discrimination L’Etoile v. New England Finish Systems, Inc.

    Gender discrimination/hostile environment; U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire; Jury awarded $200,000.00 in compensatory damages and $200,000.00 in punitive damages (plus pending Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs of $252,000.00)

  • Employment Discrimination Cook v. Environmental Compliance Specialists, Inc.

    Wrongful termination; Rockingham County Superior Court; Jury awarded $164,000.00 in lost wages and future lost wages, emotional distress damages and enhanced compensatory damages

  • Employment Discrimination Race and National Origin Discrimination

    A client was treated poorly by coworkers on the basis of the client’s race and the employer took adverse employment action against the client because of the coworkers’ actions.

  • Employment Discrimination Whistleblower Retaliation

    An employer terminated a client after the client complained about workplace safety issues.

  • Employment Discrimination Estate of Cheryl Sweeney v. Allard Nazarian Group, Inc. d/b/a Granite State Manufacturing

    Wrongful termination; Hillsborough County Superior Court Northern District; Jury awarded $55,000.00 in lost wages and benefits, $150,000.00 in compensatory damages and $275,000.00 in enhanced compensatory damages.

  • Employment Discrimination Boisvert v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.

    Gender discrimination under Title VII - U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Total Verdict - $1,168,500

  • Employment Discrimination Martineau v. City of Concord

    U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 93-268-M, $297,000.00 in damages.

  • Employment Discrimination Gender Discrimination

    An employer demoted a client after a superior treated the client negatively for nonconformance with gender stereotypes.

  • Employment Discrimination Pregnancy Discrimination

    An employer took adverse employment action against an employee because the employee did not perform work during a maternity leave.

  • Employment Discrimination Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    A client was harassed and discriminated against based on the client’s sexual orientation.

  • Employment Discrimination Wage Law Violation

    An employer failed to pay a client a bonus pursuant to a bonus plan.

  • Employment Discrimination Gender Identity Discrimination

    A client was harassed and ultimately terminated after transitioning from male to female.

  • Employment Discrimination Heidi McKee v. NGS Dental, PLLC

    Wrongful termination and violation of RSA 275-E - Grafton County Superior Court, 215-2011-CV-00087, Verdict $224,000 in damages plus attorney’s fees, costs and interest to be determined by the court

  • Employment Discrimination Age Discrimination

    An employer asked an older client about retirement plans and then terminated the client.

  • Employment Discrimination Disability Discrimination and FMLA Retaliation/Interference

    A client communicated to an employer about a disability and a need for leave and the employer then terminated the client.

  • Employment Discrimination Gender Discrimination

    A female client was paid less than men for performing comparable work.

  • Employment Discrimination Madeja v. MPB Corporation d/b/a Split Ballbearing

    Sexual harassment and retaliation, Sullivan County Superior Court.

  • Employment Discrimination Karen Pepin v. PC Connection Inc. and Gov Connection Inc.

    Verdict of $277,903.00 in gender/pregnancy discrimination and retaliation case. Claim for front pay and attorneys’ fees and costs was to be filed when case resolved (2010).

  • Employment Discrimination Chadick v. City of Nashua

    Verdict of $200,000.00 in lost wages, compensatory damages and enhanced compensatory damages, plus attorneys’ fees and costs in gender discrimination case (2001).


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