Labor and Employment

Labor and Employment

The legal relationship between employers and their employees involves a complex web of laws, regulations, and legal decisions which can, at times, be difficult for employers to navigate.  At the present time, these rules are more complex than ever, and the changes to the employment relationship are rapid and continuous.

Today, employers need to have legal counsel not only to help them to plot a course through this tangled web of employment-related rules, but also to do so in a way which does not minimize or ignore the individualized needs of their business.  At Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC, we recognize that our clients want to focus on their business; we are committed to providing quality legal service which allows our clients to focus their energies upon growing their businesses, and not worrying about unforeseen legal problems.

The labor and employment team at Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC brings a depth of experience in handling legal issues in all areas of the employer-employee relationship.  We have represented numerous public and private employers, including small start-up companies and non-profit organizations, but also large, national corporations with thousands of employees.  At all times, our goal is to understand the particular needs and goals of each client, and to provide individualized service designed to meet those needs in a prompt, attentive, and supportive manner.

We strive to provide preventive guidance to enable our clients to handle difficult issues as they arise.  As part of this process, we provide timely advice on changes to the law, ensuring that our clients stay one step ahead of changes that might affect their business.  We also evaluate and address potential legal vulnerabilities through the review of existing policies and handbooks, ongoing audits of employer practices, and training sessions to ensure that management is fully equipped to address employment-related issues as they arise.

When lawsuits do arise, the labor and employment team at Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC has the experience and expertise to ensure that our clients’ interests and goals are protected, all in a way which is designed to reduce the costs of litigation throughout the process.  We have extensive experience in all areas of employment litigation, including claims of discrimination and workplace harassment, wage-and-hour litigation, the Family & Medical Leave Act and similar workplace leave laws, the WARN Act, and other federal and state laws affecting the workplace.


We are also experienced in handling traditional labor issues involving the National Labor Relations Act, including attempts at labor organizing, contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, and the handling of claims arising before the National Labor Relations Board.  As with all areas of the law, we strive to protect our clients’ goals and interests while ensure full compliance with all federal and state laws.

Whatever the legal question or concern, our primary focus is upon client service.  We recognize that our clients want timely, professional legal advice that is economical and individualized, and we are committed to working with our clients to ensure that they are provided with quality legal services which meet the business needs of each particular employer, achieve significant cost savings, and offer peace of mind on a daily basis.


Employment Law Alert

Addressing abusive conduct, bullying in the workplace

As we have discussed in several prior Employment Law Alerts, and as everyone is well aware, the #MeToo movement has not only increased the visibility of harassment concerns in the workplace, but also has placed additional requirements on employers to ensure that they are taking appropriate steps to prevent and address inappropriate behavior when it happens.

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Washington Supreme Court: Oobesity always considered an impairment for purposes of disability discrimination claims

In Taylor v. Burlington Northern Railroad Holdings, Inc. (July 11, 2019), the Supreme Court of Washington asked the question whether obesity is considered an impairment protected from discrimination under the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), the state law prohibiting workplace discrimination in the State of Washington.

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Suprise! Ill-advised comments can come back to haunt you

In prior Employment Law Alerts, we have discussed the new landscape created by the #MeToo movement, and the ways in which silly, immature comments – even jokes – can be used by a potential plaintiff to create the impression of a workplace filled with unlawful harassment.

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More Employment Law Alerts

Additional Employment Law Alerts are available on our website