Labor and Employment Litigation

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston has a well-established Labor and Employment Group whose members are devoted exclusively to representing clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. The Group primarily represents management, either the business entity itself or managers and supervisors who have been sued individually in employment-related matters, directly or pursuant to employment practices liability insurance.

The Group handles all types of employment litigation in the state and federal courts, as well as before a broad array of administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, state and federal occupational safety and health agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings, and local human relations commissions.

Our seasoned Labor and Employment Group litigation attorneys have handled claims involving all of the following:

  • Employment discrimination (including sexual and racial harassment complaints, disability discrimination, equal pay claims and sexual orientation claims)
  • Violation of federal and related state and local laws (e.g., the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and occupational safety statutes)
  • Wrongful discharge, breach of employment contracts, employment-related torts (e.g., defamation, battery, misrepresentation)
  • Union organizing efforts and unfair labor practice complaints.


The Group strongly urges clients to adopt preventive measures and good practices to reduce exposure to costly and disruptive employment litigation. Examples of the preventive services we offer include the following:

  • Development and evaluation of employment policies
  • Training for supervisors and management (including harassment prevention training)
  • Review of record keeping systems
  • Advice regarding decisions affecting employees
  • Dealing with problem employees
  • Assistance with internal investigations.


In addition to defending employers against workplace related claims, WTP also regularly assists its clients in protecting their trade secrets and other economic interests by, among other things, enforcing employment agreements and common law duties owed by current and former employees.

U.S. News Awards Top-Tier Rankings to 46 Whiteford Practices, Including 18 Nationally

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that U.S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” has awarded the firm exemplary rankings for 2019.  Eighteen of the firm’s practices are ranked at the national level, including two practices with national Tier 1 rankings:  Litigation and Bankruptcy.  At the state level, an additional forty-six practices have been ranked in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and VA.

Three Whiteford Lawyers Recognized as Benchmark Labor & Employment Stars

Benchmark Litigation has announced that three lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been named to the First Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Annual Guide as Benchmark Labor & Employment Stars: Steven Bers, Jennifer Jackman and Tiffany Releford.  The firm is “simply top-notch,” states Benchmark Litigation, and clients flock to the firm for its excellence in litigation skills and experience.”