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Employment Litigation & Counseling


Chackel Law represents employers and individuals in all types of employment disputes. Chackel Law clients routinely comment on Geoffrey’s ability to provide a steady hand and solid counsel under difficult circumstances that could adversely impact the workplace and employee morale. The firm’s employment litigation experience includes claims for:

  • Wrongful termination in violation of public policy
  • Sexual harassment / hostile work environment
  • Gender, race and age discrimination
  • Disability discrimination / workplace leave law violations
  • Failure to pay wages and improper classification
  • Statutory wage / hour violations
  • Breach of employment contract
  • Violation of employment non-competes / non-solicitation clauses
  • Misappropriation of company trade secrets

In addition, Chackel Law provides comprehensive employment counseling services designed to minimize the risk of lawsuits and streamline the handling of human resource issues. These services include:

  • Pre and post termination counseling
  • Employee discipline and workplace investigation counseling
  • Refinement of employment policies to reflect “best practices” under State and Federal law
  • Handbook and policy audits that identify employer risk
  • Sick leave and vacation time issue counseling
  • Federal and State family / medical leave law counseling

Examples of prior experience are:

  • Represented employer in highly contentious racial discrimination case and obtained resolution for insurance carrier at one-quarter the amount originally authorized by adjuster.
  • Represented temporary staffing agency against claims of wrongful termination and the failure to prevent harassment.  Obtained highly favorable resolution through mediation.
  • Represented employer in lawsuit against former employee for libelous statements designed to disrupt employer’s contractual relationships with clients.  Successfully obtained permanent injunction against former employee.
  • Represented employer against claims of sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress by former housekeeper employee.  Successfully negotiated nuisance value settlement.
  • Represented manufacturing employer against numerous claims of wrongful termination on the basis of race.  Successfully litigated all matters to either dismissal, with prejudice, or nuisance value settlement.
  • Represented former employee and small business owner against claims of wrongful solicitation of customers and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represented health care employer against claims of wrongful discharge based upon whistleblower retaliation.  Successfully litigated matter to settlement on highly favorable terms to client.
  • Counseled employer through internal investigation of employee theft, which resulted in criminal charges and guilty plea.