Regional and local businesses trust Ritchie Manning Kautz PLLP to achieve positive results when their reputations are on the line. We provide sage counsel to clients—both union and non-union—on all aspects of employment and traditional labor law with a view toward preventing employment crises. When issues do arise, we provide pragmatic solutions to manage liability risks and protect the employer’s interests, reputation, and long-term business objectives. If litigation is unavoidable, we handle both simple and complex disputes in state and federal court, and before administrative bodies.
From implementing policies before hiring your first employee through the last appeal in highly sophisticated litigation, we can expertly guide you through any employment issue or dispute. Our labor and employment expertise includes:
- Wage and Hour Issues
- Disability, Accommodations, and Leaves of Absence
- Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
- Employee Handbooks
- Employment Contracts, Non-Compete Agreements, Severance Agreements, Trade Secrets and Non-Disclosure Agreements
- HR Counseling, Compliance, and Risk Management
- Hiring and Termination Decisions
- Performance Evaluations
- Reductions in Force
- Wrongful Discharge
- Labor Management Relations
- Collective Bargaining
- Representation Elections
- Unfair Labor Practice Charges
- Unit Determinations
- Workplace Investigations and Audits
- Worker’s Compensation
Some of Our Cases
Representative Cases in which one of our attorneys served as lead counsel include:
- Defending a national distribution company in a wrongful discharge and discrimination case involving claims for $900,000 in actual and punitive damages. After a five-day jury trial in federal court, the jury returned a complete verdict for the defense.
- Defending a mining client in a wrongful discharge case involving claims for both actual damages and punitive damages. After briefing on the employer’s motion for summary judgment, the case was settled on favorable terms.
- Representing a mining client in a significant pregnancy discrimination charge before the Montana Human Rights Bureau, involving issues of pregnancy discrimination that had not previously been addressed under Montana law.
- Defending several FLSA collective action cases in Montana involving allegations of failure to pay overtime.
- Representing clients in responding to government investigations, including leading a company through a MSHA fatality investigation and another company though a DOT third-party fatality investigation.
- Representing a city in a unit clarification proceeding against its firefighters’ union. The case changed the way the Montana Board of Personnel Appeals applies the Montana Collective Bargaining Act.
- Representing clients in negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements with unions.
- Counseling employers on union organizing campaigns and elections under the NLRB’s quickie election rules.