Background - Practices (Details)

Employment Discrimination Counseling and Litigation


Crowell & Moring's labor and employment lawyers have extensive experience advising clients and litigating matters across the broad spectrum of federal and state equal employment opportunity issues. Among those issues are:

  • Discrimination and harassment (including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, Lilly Ledbetter and comparable state acts)
  • Family leave (including FMLA and comparable state acts)
  • Retaliation and whistleblowing
  • Criteria for hiring, promotion, discipline, and termination, including reductions in workforce
  • Use of background checks
  • Administrative compliance

We represent employers of all sizes, from small family owned businesses to Fortune 100 corporations, in a diverse array of industries. We offer our services locally or throughout our clients' national operations, depending on our clients' needs.


Litigation is a core strength of our firm and of our equal employment opportunity (EEO) practice. Although we routinely advise and counsel clients on litigation avoidance strategies, when litigation disputes arise, we are fully equipped to handle such matters from the complaint through the final appeal, regardless of the forum or subject matter. We place strong emphasis on strategies designed to resolve cases favorably before trial, including at the summary judgment phase, and we position cases for resolution at arbitration and mediation when appropriate. When cases cannot be settled or dismissed, our lawyers have vast experience in taking them to trial, and a superior record of success before judges and juries.

Our litigation practice includes individual and class action discrimination cases across the country, in federal as well as state courts. These cases involve disparate treatment and impact claims, and span the full range of protected categories, including race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, national origin, and religion, in addition to claims under the Family Medical Leave Act and its state law progeny.

Counseling and Advice

Our lawyers regularly advise clients on how to minimize the risk of workplace discrimination claims through proactive planning. In addition to providing advice regarding hiring, firing, and employee actions between the two, as referenced above, we offer the following:

  • On-site discrimination and harassment training for managers, human resources professionals and/or legal counsel
  • Investigation of harassment allegations made by employees
  • Preparation and revision of personnel policies and handbooks
  • Generation of "EEO Assessments," i.e., detailed compensation and data analyses designed to identify hidden statistical vulnerabilities in connection with employee groups that may be disadvantaged by the employer's systems

Agency Work

Our firm's Washington, D.C. base provides strong connections to, and understanding of, the regulatory sphere regarding discrimination issues. We are thus able to provide effective commentary related to proposed new federal discrimination regulations and amendments.

Our labor and employment attorneys also have decades of experience responding to governmental investigations and inquiries.  We routinely handle charges filed by employees with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state human rights agencies.