John R. Richards manages relationships of global retailers and counsels employers of all sizes in the design and implementation of employment policies, practices, proactive audits, and workplace training. John regularly provides compliance-related and pragmatic advice to employers on how to prevent and respond to complaints of harassment and discrimination; LGBT+-related issues; compliance with wage and hour laws; managing conduct and performance; and a host of other employment-related topics. John also routinely conducts industry-tailored training on these topics to employer audiences ranging from highest level officers and boards of directors to entry level rank and file, and John is also routinely engaged to handle internal investigations, including in response to highly sensitive harassment complaints.
He also defends employers in class and collective actions arising under the FLSA and related state and hour laws; single-plaintiff claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and/or constructive discharge brought in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. His trial experience includes serving on the trial team in two key retiree medical cases including Brubaker v. Deere (defense verdict in ERISA retiree medical benefits class action trial) and Tackett v. M&G Polymers LLC (cert. granted, May 5, 2014, Case No. 13-1010, involving ERISA and LMRA Section 301 claims for retiree health insurance).
- 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