Labor & Employment Law

Litigation Negotiation Advice

OUR PRACTICE. The legal staff at Chandless Law Offices is dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation and counseling for affordable fees, yet with an emphasis on client service. For our clients, this translates into availability, responsiveness, flexibility, thorough analysis and straightforward explanations at every stage of our representation. We believe that each client should be free to define his or her level of involvement in strategic planning and decision-making, and are always happy to make our clients feel like part of the legal "team." Because we have a passion for labor and employment law, we have made this dynamic area of law the focus of our practice, but we can also assist with certain other civil matters, including contract disputes, family law issues, wills and estates.

OUR SERVICES. Our Labor & Employment Law Section provides the full spectrum of legal services for both individuals and small to medium-sized businesses, with an emphasis on labor and employment-related lawsuits, negotiations and counseling. For employers, we also offer services intended to prevent employment litigation, including assistance with employment policies, employee handbooks, personnel decisions and training. Some of the matters with which we are happy to assist include:

Pursuit & Defense of claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation & hostile work environment based on sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin & other legally protected characteristics.

Preparing & Responding to charges before federal, state & local administrative agencies (such as the EEOC, PHRA, NYHRC, NLRB, DOL and OSHA).

Wrongful termination claims.

Employee layoffs, discharges & discipline issues.

Whistleblower protections, including Sarbanes-Oxley retaliation issues.

Wage and hour issues, including FLSA compliance, overtime pay & minimum wage questions.

Traditional labor law issues such as union organization, elections and concerted activity, collective bargaining, grievance arbitration & plant closings.

Occupational Safety & Health concerns.

Drafting, Reviewing & Negotiating employment & separation / severance agreements.

Representation and/or Guidance in connection with Unemployment & Workers' Compensation claims and hearings.

Family & Medical Leave Act issues.

Pursuit and Defense of tort claims (including defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference & negligent supervision, assault) in the employment setting.

ERISA and other employee benefits concerns.

Concerns about forced retirement or forced resignation / constructive discharge.

Review and/or Drafting of employee handbooks & employment policies.

Compliance training for employees and managers.

CONTACT US. Please complete the confidential inquiry form below if you would like to receive more information about our practice or to arrange an initial consultation at no charge. In the alternative, you may contact Kathryn V. Chandless, Esq., Managing Attorney, via e-mail at

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