John Richards is a Shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment and Retail Practices. John was recently tapped to serve as the Atlanta Chair of the Firm’s Retail practice—ranked Band 1 by Chambers for 12 consecutive years. John is an established player in the retail space and well-known, national and global companies turn to John to handle complex employment issues because his creative strategies strike the right balance between business demands, financial considerations, appetite for legal risk, and cultural concerns. Clients also regularly enlist John for pragmatic advice on preventing and addressing discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation issues, wage and hour compliance, workplace discipline and performance management, and best practices around hiring and separations including reductions in force.
John then assists clients to translate policy to practice. John conducts comprehensive employment audits, designs employment compliance programs and D&I initiatives. He also delivers highly-tailored, dynamic training sessions to every type of employer audience. From the executive and leadership level to rank and file employees, John’s trainings consistently receive outstanding reviews.
John also plays an invaluable leadership role in furthering the visibility, voice, and advancement of LGBTQ+ lawyers. Global companies seek guidance from John on designing and implementing LGBTQ+ policies, training to cultivate awareness and humanize the LGBTQ+ business community, and best practices for inclusive work environments. John routinely speaks and hosts CLEs on LGBTQ+ and D&I issues.
In litigation, John defends well-known employers in class and collective actions arising under FLSA and related state wage and hour laws, along with single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and/or constructive discharge brought through alternative dispute resolution programs, state and federal courts, and administrative agencies.
- Wage and hour litigation and compliance
- Single plaintiff employment litigation
- Employment counseling and management training
- Employment audits and risk mitigation
- LGBTQ-related counseling and litigation