Much of Holden and Montejano's labor and employment practice is aimed at litigation avoidance, through working with our clients to ensure their compliance with employment-related laws and regulations such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as numerous state fair employment practice areas. As another element of the litigation avoidance strategy, the labor and employment attorneys have developed extensive training programs for client supervisors and managers in the areas of union avoidance, workplace harassment prevention, FMLA management, and drug-free workplace, among others.
One of the greatest challenges presented to our clients is the integration of an increasingly diversified workforce into their long-range business goals. Holden and Montejano's labor and employment attorneys are committed to counseling with and providing representation for our clients regarding their most valuable assets – their human resources. These attorneys are experienced in all phases of the employer-employee relationship.
We customarily represent clients in their dealings with Labor Unions during the election phases of union campaigns and the negotiation of any labor agreements. For clients who have unions already representing their workforce, the firm pursues management’s interests in all phases of the grievance and arbitration process.
Our firm has extensive experience in state and federal courts defending wrongful discharge claims, various employment-related tort actions and state and federal claims of unlawful discrimination. Clients are represented before all governmental bodies charged with the enforcement of employment statutes and policies, such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In response to the significant complications that the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act have brought to state workers' compensation claims, the firm has also developed an extensive knowledge of the workers’ compensation defense practice.