The issues facing employers and insurers are more complex today than ever before. The proliferation of legislation covering topics from the disabled worker to the disgruntled whistleblower demands attorneys with expertise that goes beyond the simple wrongful termination claim.


Our Employment Practice Group has the expertise to defend all types of employment-related claims.  More importantly, we focus our efforts on educating our clients so they can remain compliant and avoid lawsuits.  Secrest Wardle provides legal solutions to its clients to avoid problems before they arise and to assure compliance with ever-changing state and federal regulations.


Our Employment Practice Group has experience defending clients in all types of employment-related issues, including the following: 

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • “At-will” employment/wrongful termination cases
  • Defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Discrimination/harassment claims under Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act (race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, and marital status)
  • Employment law audits handled by risk manager, outside consultant or in-house personnel
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) claims - evaluation and strategies
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Hostile workplace
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)
  • Retaliation claims
  • Title VII & Civil Rights Acts of 1964
  • Whistleblower claims under Michigan and federal statutes
  • Wage and hour 

Secrest Wardle is well-familiar with the preparation of employee handbooks, personnel policies, and procedures that will protect your company from legal liability and provide clear and concise statements concerning workplace conduct.  We also have extensive experience tailoring employment contracts, non-competition agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements to the needs of our diverse clientele.


Group Chair
  Truex, Bruce A.
Senior Partner

Group Members
Morley, Mark E.
Senior Partner

Bradley, James R.
Executive Partner

Pollard, Dennis R.

Schlinker, John C

Washburn, Kevin M.

Recent Publications
Two Secrest Wardle Attorneys Have Received Best Lawyers™ 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” Awards
In The News 08/16/2017

Five Secrest Wardle Attorneys Have Been Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018
In The News 08/15/2017

Medical Marijuana is a Reasonable Accommodation
On The Job 08/15/2017

The Sixth Circuit Maintains Title VII's High Burden of Proof in Hostile Work Environment Claims
On the Job 05/30/2017

The Seventh Circuit Holds that Title VII Applies to Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
On the Job 04/13/2017

Litigation Successes
Negligence (Plaintiff with amputated leg and crush injuries to other leg)
McGhee v Cleaver-Brooks and Hybrid Logistics
Result Date: 04/04/2014

Wrongful Discharge, Civil Rights
Pender v Olivet Collete
Result Date: 01/07/2009

Wrongful Discharge
Conklin v EMU Chap of AAUP
Result Date: 10/14/2008

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