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Employment Litigation and COVID-19 Claims

September 08, 2020
Denver buildings

Employment strategies to prepare now in the calm before the storm

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Monday, November 9, 2020

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST / 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, October 23, 2020

This CLE webinar will review potential claims that employers may face as businesses address the COVID-19 world. The panel will explain the impact on workers’ health and safety and employers’ compliance with current state and federal law, a shifting work-from-home model, and the implications on employment law.



In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been workplace shutdowns, a shift to tele-work, re-employee terminations, and layoffs/furloughs. Those are just a few of the activities employers may have to account for as COVID-19 settles in.

Future employment claims arising from out-of-work employees and other employment-related claims may include employee discrimination charges based on disability, age, and other protected classes. Employers may likely face claims under wage and hour regulations for alleged failure to pay back/past due wages related to PPP loans, as well as issues related to employee leave, accommodations, remote work, overtime, employee misclassifications, and potential violations under the FLSA salary reduction test.

Other topics will be summarily presented, including employers’ concerns of employees’ departure and immediate violations of restrictive covenants, worker reporting safety violations to OSHA on the non-enforcement of employers’ anti-COVID-19 policies, and failing to include an anti-virus policy in the company employee handbook.

Listen as the panel shares what attorneys and their business clients can expect as well as related preventative strategies in preparing for employment litigation stemming from COVID-19.



  1.    Types of lawsuits
    •        Discrimination claims
    •        Leave claims
    •        Retaliation/whistleblower
    •        Wage-and-hour claims
    •        Unsafe work environment
    •        Other claims
  2.    Steps to avoid COVID-19 claims
    •        Creating return to work policies
    •        Addressing systemic issues
    •        Reviewing accommodation policies
    •        Reach out to your employment attorney without hesitation; an ounce of prevention prevents a pound of potential legal damages




The panel will review these and other topics:

  •    The impact of COVID-19 on employment law and litigation
  •    Identify potential legal issues and greatest risks
  •    Explore how to gather a defense against future claims
  •    Examine effective strategies for prevention




Lawrence L. Lee, Shareholder, Jones & Keller

Mr. Lee provides employers with the best practical and compliant solutions to difficult workplace issues. He helps his clients comply with state and federal employment laws in order to minimize potential liability to their businesses and operations. If an audit, agency action or lawsuit arises, Mr. Lee applies years of experience to defend his clients and their employment practices to the best resolution possible.

Ian Kalmanowitz, Attorney, Cornish & Dell’Olio

Mr. Kalmanowitz devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the representation of public employees. He represents employees of the Federal government and the State of Colorado, as well as employees of local/municipal governments, law enforcement agencies, school districts, and other special districts in cases involving employment discrimination and harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, and disability.