Labor and Employment

EEOC Class Investigation and Litigation Defense

Nilan Johnson Lewis has extensive experience and success in defending companies against EEOC class litigation and investigations, including directed investigations and commissioner’s charges in various states across the country. These matters include a number of national class discrimination investigations, such as a commissioner’s charge alleging that a client’s pre-employment assessments violated the ADA and Title VII; national-directed investigations alleging age discrimination in hiring, discipline and terminations; and a commissioner’s charge alleging Title VII violations arising from pre-employment criminal background checks. We have resolved nationwide class investigations and charges without any payment of money to the EEOC; we have won EEOC class claims at summary judgment; and we have persuaded the EEOC to abandon class claims upon a finding of no probable cause.

Our record of success derives from a proactive and thoughtful approach to defending these claims. We do not merely react to the EEOC’s investigation, we assist our clients in anticipating the EEOC’s tactics and, thereby, shaping its investigations. This proactive approach has been crucial to resolving these matters on our clients’ terms, instead of the EEOC’s. At the same time, we have earned the EEOC’s respect as effective problem solvers as much as forceful litigators.

  • Associated Professionals

612.305.7732

Jen Cornell

Jen Cornell

Attorney

612.305.7717

Mark J. Girouard

Mark J. Girouard

Shareholder

612.305.7579

612.305.7741

Veena A. Iyer

Veena A. Iyer

Shareholder

612.305.7695

Donald M. Lewis

Donald M. Lewis

Shareholder

612.305.7518

Pablo Orozco

Pablo Orozco

Associate

612.305.7729

612.305.7662

Melissa K. Rasmussen

Melissa K. Rasmussen

Staff Attorney

612.305.7519

Sarah B. Riskin

Sarah B. Riskin

Associate

612.305.7713

Joseph G. Schmitt

Joseph G. Schmitt

Shareholder

612.305.7577

612.305.7738