Areas of Practice

Christine Sensenig works exclusively in the area of Labor and Employment Law. Consulting with an experienced labor and employment attorney will provide you with pertinent legal advice and can provide peace of mind.
 

Employee Relations Counseling

I advise clients on compliance with employment-related statutes and regulations on the federal, state and local levels. We take a preventative approach in counseling clients, reflecting our client's goal to minimize conflicts in the workplace that may lead to costly litigation. I regularly assist clients in the following areas:

  • preparation of employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • drafting of employment offer letters and agreements
  • development of drug and alcohol testing policies
  • compliance with wage and hour regulations
  • implementation of discipline and discharge protocols
  • investigating employee misconduct
  • compliance with special statutory protections for the disabled
  • protection of employee privacy interests at the workplace
  • development of affirmative action plans
  • compliance with plant closing and mass layoff regulations
  • drafting of severance policies and separation agreements
  • preparation of confidentiality agreements and trade secret programs
  • compliance with health and safety regulations
  • implementation of military reservist and veterans' protection statutes

Employment Litigation

When disputes cannot be avoided, I represent clients at trial in state and federal courts and in appellate proceedings, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. We also handle arbitrations and administrative hearings before state and federal anti-discrimination agencies or labor relations boards, as well as before unemployment compensation tribunals. I approach cases aggressively, frequently leading to positive results and favorable settlements early in the litigation process. The types of actions I litigate include:

  • employment discrimination
  • enforcement of restrictive covenants
  • defamation
  • employment contracts
  • wrongful discharge
  • harassment at the workplace
  • unemployment compensation
  • disability discrimination
  • "whistleblower" protections
  • enforcement of trade secrets
  • employee benefits
  • FLSA wage and hour compliance

Management Labor Relations

I represent management interests with the aim of minimizing potential labor problems. I also have extensive experience in all facets of management labor relations, including:

  • maintaining a union-free workplace
  • representing management in union elections
  • negotiating collective bargaining agreements
  • handling grievance and arbitration proceedings
  • obtaining mass picketing injunctions
  • advising management in work stoppage situations
  • handling unfair labor practice charges at the NLRB

Employment Training and Workshops

I develop and conduct training programs for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees. The training programs and workshops are designed to meet a client's specific needs in a wide variety of workplace issues, such as:

  • sexual or discriminatory harassment
  • prevention of workplace violence
  • compliance with employment discrimination laws
  • proper hiring practices
  • minimizing liability in discipline and discharge decisions
  • compliance with health and safety obligations
  • federal and state wage and hour compliance

Employment Investigations

I conduct and counsel employers on workplace investigations, including allegations of employee misconduct. I am frequently called upon to assist with investigations into:

  • sexual, racial, disability, ethnic and religious harassment
  • possession, use and/or sale of controlled substances
  • compliance with corporate ethics policies
  • workplace violence
  • employment discrimination allegations
  • employee theft