L. Traywick Duffie represents corporate clients in abroad range of employment and labor law, including employment litigation, union organizing, wage and hour and Employee Retirement Income Security Act matters. He has successfully defended numerous class and collective matters and countered union organizing campaigns in more than 40 states.
He has successfully defended single plaintiff, multiple plaintiff and class action litigation involving:
- Covenants not to compete
- State law contract claims
Among the cases he has defended which have changed or clarified the law include establishing that pregnant employees are not entitled to special accommodation; alleged victims of employment harassment must give remedial action undertaken by an employer’s reasonable opportunity to work; the avoidance of discriminatory statements may be relevant at the pretext stage, but alone cannot establish a prima facie case, affirming the need for a plaintiff to have a comparator; and that allowing a nurse light duty work for two years prior to MMI does not prevent her discharge under the Americans with Disabilities Act if she cannot perform essential functions of her job.
Traywick has designed and implemented programs on compliance with and the avoidance of employment litigation and union organizing. He regularly speaks before companies, trade associations, business groups and universities. He represents clients in the healthcare, media, transportation and manufacturing industries.