Primary Practice Contact: Maralyn M. English
Employer Defense Attorneys | Salt Lake City & St. George, Utah
We help protect public and private employer clients against employment lawsuits originating in the workplace, including discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.
We have an extensive background and reputable track record of successes defending employers in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Our experience in the employment law arena includes a wide variety of alleged wrongful employment practices, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and demotion, alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, OSHA, and state counterparts. We also represent clients in arbitration and before administrative bodies.
Proactive Advice and Counsel
Well-written handbooks and policies, proper employee training, and prompt and thorough investigation of complaints, go far in the prevention of lawsuits. Much of our practice is focused on helping employers take proactive steps to minimize potential litigation. This includes making sure our employer clients are maintaining thorough and updated policy and guidebook development and implementing proper investigative and employee review procedures.
We show companies not only how to implement these procedures, but also how to document compliance with these procedures and how to best protect themselves in the event of litigation. Proper documentation, in the form of written records and witnesses to review meetings, can go a long way when the need to protect a company surfaces.
Protecting Company Assets
In addition to representing employers against employee claims, we also represent employers when employees or former employees violate noncompetition agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, and nondisclosure agreements that protect a company’s proprietary and confidential information.
We additionally represent employers that hire persons who have entered into unenforceable noncompetition, non-solicitation and nondisclosure agreements with a prior employer. Under Utah law, agreements designed to prohibit or limit the ability of a worker to engage in gainful employment must be carefully balanced against such worker’s right to earn a living and the legitimate needs of employers to protect company interests. Often, employers will draft such agreements too broadly, leading to agreements being unenforceable. Based upon our experience, we provide a legal review of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements and advise employers whether we believe that such agreements are enforceable.
We additionally help employers draft noncompetition agreements that we believe will withstand judicial review and be enforceable so that they, too, can protect their interests. If an employer already has such an agreement, we can assess the strengths and weaknesses of the agreement and make suggestions if changes are desirable.
When an Experience Utah Employment Defense Firm is Needed
Our employment lawyers are ready to help. For more information about the employer defense services SCM provides, contact Maralyn M. English.