John R. Richards manages global retail relationships and defends employers in class and collective actions arising under the FLSA and related state wage and hour laws; single-plaintiff and/or class claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and/or constructive discharge brought in state and federal courts and administrative agencies; and individual actions arising under the FMLA.
To mitigate litigation risk, Mr. Richards counsels employers of all sizes in the design and implementation of employment policies, practices, proactive audits, and workplace training. Mr. Richards regularly provides advice to employers in many industries facing sexual and other harassment or discrimination complaints, reduction-in-force, wage and hour issues including FLSA misclassification, LGBT+ workplace concerns, and the interplay among the ADA, FMLA, and paid-leave laws. Mr. Richards also routinely trains on these topics to employer audiences ranging from highest level officers and boards of directors to entry level rank and file, and he conducts internal investigations, including in response to high-level sexual harassment complaints.
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).