Buffalo Employment Lawyer
Buffalo, New York
Our legal team is dedicated to providing you with high-quality, affordable employment law services. We protect your job or your business with experienced counsel and representation.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in litigating cases before the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO), as well as defending cases during litigation and arbitration. We not only have the capacity to represent both employees and employers before state labor boards and other administrative entities, but we also represent corporate clients and institutions in legal matters brought in federal and state courts.
The attorneys at Tully Rinckey know that legal matters concerning your employment are often private in nature and require urgent attention. We work with you to find the best and most cost-effective solution to your situation, while protecting the rights you have as an employee. We treat each of our cases with the personalized and professional consideration you deserve.
We provide representation before federal and state courts, agencies, and other administrative boards in the following areas:
At Tully Rinckey, our employment law attorneys understand how complicated and sensitive issues concerning your employees can be. We also realize that questions regarding the legality of your business decisions often require immediate answers. We address your legal issues promptly, with confidentiality, and with an eye toward minimizing business disruptions.
Legal action is sometimes unavoidable. When your business is faced with a complaint of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other unlawful employment practice, we aggressively represent you in defense against claims made by employees and are fully prepared to represent you through negotiations, trial, and appeals.
The attorneys at Tully Rinckey provide representation before federal and state courts and agencies in a number of critical areas:
Whether you’re an employer or an employee, the trusted attorneys at Tully Rinckey offer experienced counsel on a wide variety of employment law matters. We fight to protect your interests, engage our proven investigative powers to uncover the truth, and work to bring about a fair and satisfactory resolution to your legal issues.
To begin the consultation process, call or email our office today. One of our professional staff members will schedule your initial consultation as soon as possible. They may ask you preliminary questions so that we can best match you with an attorney who meets your needs and is likely to have knowledge relevant to your legal issue. Your consultation may take place in either one of our offices or over the phone.
The goal of a consultation is twofold: (1) the attorney will have an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of your legal problem, and (2) the attorney can inform you about the legal options that may be available to you. At Tully Rinckey PLLC, we believe that the initial consultation is one of the most important parts of the legal process.
Please be aware that all discussions with an attorney during your consultation are private and will remain so, even if you do not retain the firm to represent you.
If you are an employee experiencing conflict with a current or former employer, obtaining experienced legal counsel is often an essential requirement to resolving your issues in a satisfactory manner. Tully Rinckey PLLC represents employees in a broad spectrum of employment law matters, including sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour claims, whistleblower claims, workforce reductions, contract disputes, and layoffs.
Our employment law team has experience in representing clients before both federal and state courts, as well as agencies and administrative boards. We stand ready to provide you with aggressive representation at every point in the legal process.
At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our experienced attorneys represent employers in a broad spectrum of employment law-related claims, including discrimination cases, wage and hour claims, whistleblower claims, employee injuries, termination disputes, contract disputes, arbitrations, and other areas of employer-employee relations.
Our team has experience litigating in both federal and state courts, as well as a proven track record in representing clients before administrative agencies and boards. We stand ready to provide aggressive representation for your business, allowing business owners and management to remain focused on the day-to-day operations of their organization.
The employer/employee relationship can give rise to a host of issues. Decisions such as hiring, firing, demoting or disciplining an employee may result in a claim against the employer. A business can also face claims by employees who allege they were wrongly discriminated against or harassed. Recent attention to the problem of workplace sexual harassment has some anticipating a coming wave of employee sexual harassment suits. While many may be familiar with class action lawsuits against large, multinational companies, smaller companies may also face employment-related disputes.
If a company has an Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) policy, it may seek coverage to offset some of the cost of defense and a judgment or settlement, if any.
EPLI is a form of liability insurance that is specifically tailored for employment-related disputes.
However, an EPLI policy is not meant to cover all employment-related disputes. Typical EPLI policies may exclude from coverage employee-related claims such as wage and hour disputes, ERISA disputes, and violations of the “WARN Act.” Coverage disputes can develop as to whether a claim is covered, whether it was timely reported, allocation (when a claim involves some allegations that may be potentially covered and other allegations that are not), and disputes concerning interrelated claims. An experienced coverage attorney can navigate these issues.
Tully Rinckey PLLC insurance law attorneys are experienced in representing businesses in EPLI claims. Our attorneys are skilled at problem solving, whether through informal resolution or litigation. Our attorneys have handled EPLI disputes concerning reinstatement of coverage, allocation of defense costs, and policy interpretation and construction.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or “ERISA” applies to most private sector employee benefit plans. Such plans may include disability, accident, and medical benefits. ERISA litigation is handled much differently than first-party insurance disputes under non-ERISA plans.
ERISA disputes are generally litigated in federal court, are not tried to a jury, and damages are limited. Claims available under state law may be preempted by the ERISA statutory scheme. There are also differences in discovery and the evidence on which the matter is decided, typically referred to as the administrative record.
The court may, in its discretion, award reasonable attorney’s fees to a party in an ERISA action.
ERISA does not apply to all retirement plans. Plans by Federal, state, or local government are not covered by ERISA. Plans that meet the criteria of “church plans” are also not governed by ERISA.
In addition to disputes between a plan participant or beneficiary and the plan administrator, ERISA may be implicated in disputes over provider reimbursement claims.
Tully Rinckey PLLC insurance law attorneys are experienced in representing insurance companies in ERISA disputes. Our representative matters include defending a carrier in a dispute alleging ERISA and state law claims over life insurance proceeds and a coverage dispute concerning a claim under an accidental death policy, among others. Our AV Preeminent-rated attorneys are capable of representing clients in ERISA claims in federal courts throughout Texas.
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When you choose Tully Rinckey PLLC, you aren’t just assigned an attorney. Your legal matter will be cared for by our entire legal team and support staff. With offices throughout the United States and overseas, we make sure you receive legal counsel and representation you can trust.
At Tully Rinckey, we work relentlessly to ensure our ethical standards and level of professionalism surpass what is expected of us by our clients and the court. Our high ethical principles call us to treat clients with respect, offer affordability to members of the communities we serve, and provide composed and dignified representation.
Tully Rinckey is a full-service law firm. We handle legal issues relating to appellate law, litigation, bankruptcy, international and U.S.-based business law, family and matrimonial law, military and federal employment law, intellectual property law, and much more. We also offer a variety of services, including estate planning, security clearance representation, and congressional investigations. Regardless of your legal needs, we have the experienced counsel you need.
Our client-centered process is all about communication. During consultations, we teach clients about legal challenges they face and explain options available from their current position. Our attorneys explain how we resolve legal issues for the best possible outcome. We define what the expectations are, create manageable deadlines, and discover evidence to support claims.
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