Employment and Labor

Members of the Firm’s Employment Law Group are Christopher M. Waterman, Chair, and Lawrence S. Delaney. Members are admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

Demeo LLP represents employers across all major industries – from small companies to major U.S. corporations – in all facets of their relationships with employees.

The Firm represents clients in federal and state court and in proceedings commenced in federal, state, and local agencies in cases involving the full scope of employment issues, including the following:
  • Federal and state employment discrimination statutes;
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, trade secret, and related litigation;
  • Common law claims, such as wrongful termination, breach of contract, infliction of emotional distress, conspiracy, and defamation;
  • Negotiation and drafting of separation and severance agreements;
  • Family and Medical Leave Act claims;
  • Wage and hour disputes; and
  • Wrongful termination and breach of employment agreements.

Demeo LLP’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, closely-held businesses and senior level executives and management employees. The Firm’s Employment Law Group consists of seasoned litigators with broad experience covering all facets of employment law.

While Demeo LLP focuses on avoiding litigation in all employment disputes, if litigation does become necessary, the Firm is prepared to obtain the most favorable result in an aggressive, yet cost-effective manner. The Firm possesses extensive trial and alternative dispute resolution experience.

The Firm also advises clients on internal personnel issues, including:
  • Questions regarding progressive discipline for difficult employees;
  • Proper methods for terminating employees;
  • Responding to and investigating harassment claims;
  • Leave of absence;
  • Reasonable accommodations; and
  • Privacy issues.
Illustrative matters include:
  • Reaching a favorable settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor in the face of a possible class action, which threatened to force the client to close the doors of a successful local establishment.
  • Successfully negotiating the resolution of a prevailing wage claim brought by the Attorney General against a local irrigation company.
  • Defeating Plaintiff’s attempts to obtain injunctive relief against the domicile of the former president of a limited liability company based on the personal liability provisions of the Wage Act. The Court accepted our argument that the Wage Act does not allow for personal liability against executives of limited liability companies.
  • Successfully defending clients at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in Superior Court, and obtaining fair severance packages for executives upon separation from employment.
  • Defending an executive management firm and its executives in a case brought by former employer alleging breach of employment agreement and intentional interference with advantageous business relations. The Firm recently defeated plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction in this matter.
  • Representing a company in a case brought against former managerial employees and competitor alleging breach of duty of loyalty, misappropriation of trade secrets and intentional interference with advantageous business relations.