215 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Labor and Employment Relations

Barrett McNagny's Labor and Employment Relations Group represents business entities throughout the U.S. with a heavy concentration in the Midwest. We have defended employers in numerous wrongful discharge, unfair labor practice, and employment discrimination cases before labor arbitrators, administrative agencies, and state and federal courts. We also have extensive experience in representing companies in union elections, as well as representing many unionized employers. 

Much of our work is directed at resolving disputes and preventing litigation, as well as counseling clients in the areas of personnel policies and records, employee discipline and discharge, workplace privacy issues, employment discrimination, response to union organization drives, union picketing and strikes, collective bargaining and contract administration, grievance processing and labor arbitration, occupational safety and health, overtime, and prevailing wage claims. 

We have extensive trial experience in handling discrimination suits, as well as experience in the areas of contract negotiations, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arbitration, and Appellate advocacy. We also regularly consult with a wide range of entities regarding the full range of employment matters which are designed to prevent problems before they arise and to handle them quickly if and when they do arise.

The Labor and Employment Relations Group represents hundreds of entities in their employment law matters. These entities range from sole proprietors to some of the area's largest employers and Fortune 500 companies. Because our group devotes a substantial portion of time protecting the interests of management, it is impossible to give more than an abbreviated sketch of our involvement in this area. Some examples :

  • Defended an employer through a jury trial involving the termination of one employee with AIDS and one with multiple sclerosis. The company had implemented a drug testing policy and the two employees claimed they were unable to undertake the drug testing at the scheduled time due to their ailments. After a week-long jury trial, the policy and terminations were upheld.
  • Assisted a large regional employer in the termination of the president of one of its divisions for suspected misappropriation of company property. The termination of employment was handled within 48 hours without press or publicity and no further legal involvement.
  • Handled a leading case with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in the Seventh Circuit in Diaz v. Fort Wayne Foundry. Members of our Employment Group argued that a company should have to be responsible only for whether or not they provided the benefits and procedures as required by FMLA without consideration as to how other employees may have been treated because of any federally protected status. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals adopted this argument for all courts within the Seventh Circuit.
  • Maintained the non-union status of a large regional freight transporter in elections with the Teamster's Union in Cleveland and Indianapolis.
  • Represented Ohio employer in the decertification of a union.
  • Represent large national corporations (who have various plants and facilities located throughout the Midwest) in all employment litigation matters brought in either federal or state courts.
  • Defended actions brought by the EEOC against employers.
  • Regularly defend employers in litigation in the federal courts in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, etc.
  • Regularly provide supervisory and employee training in all facets of labor and employment matters.
  • Represented employer and secured attorney fee judgment against the NLRB.

Members of the group are repeatedly requested by various organizations to provide seminars and/or write for publications because of their experience in the employment law field. In addition, a significant number of not-for-profit organizations consult with the members of this Group for their experience and knowledge.

Members of the group have served as chairs of various labor-based bar and professional associations, including at the local and state levels. 

Additional Information

For additional information regarding Barrett McNagny's Labor and Employment Relations area of practice, please contact one of the attorneys listed below:

Legal Disclaimer

The information contained in the Barrett McNagny LLP website is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice on any subject matter. Furthermore, the information contained on our website may not reflect the most current legal developments. You should not act upon this information without consulting legal counsel.

Your transmission and receipt of information on the Barrett McNagny LLP website, or sending an e-mail to one of our attorneys, will not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Barrett McNagny LLP. If you need legal advice and want to establish an attorney-client relationship with Barrett McNagny LLP, please contact one of our attorneys by telephone, email, or other means of communication, and allow the attorney to confirm that the firm does not represent other persons or entities involved in the matter and that the firm is willing to accept representation. Until such confirmation is provided by one of our attorneys, you should not transmit information to us that you consider confidential. If you do provide information to us, and no attorney-client relationship is established, the information will not be considered confidential or privileged, and our receipt of such information will not preclude us from representing another client in a matter adverse to you.

Any links to other websites are not intended to be referrals or endorsements of those sites.

An attorney-client relationship will NOT be formed merely by sending an email to Barrett McNagny, LLP or to any of its attorneys. Please do not send any information specific to your legal needs until you obtain approval from a Barrett McNagny, LLP attorney, as the content of such email will not be considered confidential or privileged. By sending us an email, you confirm your understanding of this notification. If you agree, you may use the e-mail links on this page to contact an attorney.
YesNo