While the employer-employee relationship is one of the oldest and most basic concepts of commerce, the field of employment law has undergone dramatic expansion in both statutory and regulatory development in recent years. In today’s environment, it is more important than ever for businesses to have an experienced, trusted employment law attorney representing the best interests of the business. Klenda Austerman LLC lawyers provide broad support to private and public sector employers of all sizes in this diverse practice area.
Claims based on gender, race, religious affiliation and sexual orientation discrimination are on the rise. New theories for wrongful discharge are creatively construed posing new demands on employers. Demanding requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, and the wage and hour regulations dramatically impact the employment relationship. The result presents an employer with increasing challenges of complying with the intricacies of statutory requirements and bureaucratic procedures, economic considerations, and the maintenance of sound employee relations.
The attorneys at Klenda Austerman in Wichita provide pre-litigation compliance consultation services, as well as representation in arbitration proceedings, settlement conferences and full-blown employment litigation matters. Every employment situation is unique and there is no one resolution that fits all cases. Our attorneys advocate for our clients and communicate each step of the way. We thoroughly research the evidence, create a plan, and make adjustments as information evolves. We aim to provide our clients with the best resolution in a cost-efficient resolution.
Employer Representation | Employment Law
With all the tasks a business owner needs to manage, it is difficult to stay on top of the ever-changing local, state, and federal laws regarding conduct. Hiring knowledgeable, experienced representation before potential issues arise, will save your business a great deal of stress, time and money. The employment law team is made up of diverse lawyers who vigorously advocate for our clients’ rights. We understand the deep implications of disputes for workers and employers, and seek solutions to preserve the best interest of the business. Even very careful employers can get caught up in some aspect of employment litigation. Attorneys at Klenda Austerman can provide a legal review of your current business practices and help you correct potential legal hazards. In the event past or current employees make legal claims, it is extremely beneficial to have a team already familiar with you and your business to represent your interests.
When litigation is involved, our lawyers have extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and mediation. We defend employment-related lawsuits of all types including:
- Employment Contract Claims
- Unemployment Benefits Claims
- Wrongful Termination and Wrongful Demotion
- Wage Issues
- Violation of Privacy
- Workplace Safety
- ADA Compliance
- Sexual Harassment
Human Resource Consulting and Education | Employment Law
We encourage our clients to take a proactive, preventative approach to employment law by designing and implementing employment policies that fit your unique workplace requirements. Our labor lawyers regularly advise HR professionals and management on employee handbook implementation, affirmative action and EEO plans, policies and procedures and employment law training including workplace conduct.
A well-written employee handbook defines your company’s employee policies and greatly increases your ability to protect against destructive lawsuits and discrimination claims. Crafting an enforceable handbook can be a challenging task. Without professional guidance of an experienced attorney, your company could be exposed to avoidable legal issues. The employment lawyers at Klenda Austerman draft and review a wide variety of workplace and employee policies. We work with businesses small and large to define the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee, keeping businesses in legal compliance and lowering exposure to legal liability.
Employee contracts and contractor agreements serve as blueprints for employee business relationships and transactions. Errors, inaccuracies or omissions can lead to serious ramifications for your business. The attorneys at Klenda Austerman tailor our contractual agreements to serve each individual client. We help employers create efficient, protective and enforceable contracts.
The purpose of a non-competition agreement is to prevent former employees from opening a business or working for a company that directly competes with your business for a certain time period. Non-compete agreements, aka non-compete clause or covenants not to compete, are common in employment agreements. It is important for your non-compete agreement to be drafted by an attorney who specializes in these types of agreements as they are an often-challenged contract.
Confidential information and trade secrets are often more valuable to a company than the physical property owned by a business. Your company’s strategies, software, databases, formulas and recipes could cause irrecoverable financial damage if released to your competitors. A non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, is a contract that protects confidential information shared by an employer with an employee or vendor, that provides the business a competitive advantage in the marketplace. They have become commonplace among high-tech companies. Klenda Austerman employment attorneys can help your business protect confidential information through a well-crafted NDA.
A non-solicitation agreement states that an employee cannot terminate employment and then solicit customers or co-workers to follow suit. Klenda Austerman attorneys work with businesses to craft non-solicitation agreements that are both practical and enforceable.
Employee Representation | Employment Law
We represent employees seeking an evaluation of their rights, including discrimination and unemployment benefits claims. The attorneys at Klenda Austerman passionately assist clients who have experienced unjust actions from their employer in violate of state or federal laws. We take the time to understand your grievances, address your concerns, and lot a course of action that holds your employer accountable for their wrongdoings while serving your short- and long-term interests. When wrongdoing is proven, workers may be able to seek compensatory damages, back pay, punitive damages and attorney fees, depending on the specifics of the case.
The skilled employment attorneys at Klenda Austerman have successfully represented employees in settlement negotiations and trial in the following disputes:
- Breach of Employment Contract
- Race Discrimination
- Severance Agreements
- Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Age, Religious Affiliation
- Sexual Harassment
- Executive Compensation
- Unpaid Wages