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About the Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine P.C Law Firm

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Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine P.C. is a national law firm exclusively representing and advising management clients in all practice areas related to labor and employment law. The firm's clients range in size from Fortune 500 companies to small and medium-sized companies.

Clients include food processors, manufacturers, health care providers, retailers, transportation companies, hotels/motels, restaurants and other hospitality enterprises, public employers (including county and city governments), construction companies, and utilities. The firm maintains its primary office in Atlanta, Georgia, and has a branch office in Athens and Savannah, Georgia. The firm is an affiliate member of the Wimberly & Lawson Network. Other members include Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC based in Tennessee (with offices in Nashville, Knoxville, Morristown, and Cookeville), and Wimberly, Lawson, Daniels, & Fisher based in South Carolina (with offices in Greenville).

The firm's attorneys strive to prevent clients from experiencing legal problems. The firm conducts audits of clients' human resources policies and practices, employee handbooks, written forms and notices, employment applications, performance appraisals, orientation programs, harassment policies and complaint procedures, affirmative action plans, recruitment and hiring procedures, standards of conduct, leave of absence procedures, and discharge and discipline policies.

The firm also conducts many types of management training programs, including union avoidance; equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations; maintaining work environments free of harassment, violence, and substance abuse; investigating and remedying claims of harassment or discrimination; alternative dispute resolution and internal mediation to avoid litigation; equal pay and wage reviews; reasonable accommodation of employees with disabilities; handling corrective action and discharge issues; and executive/management development.

The firm also offers sophisticated litigation services to clients. The firm defends employers against all types of discrimination and wrongful discharge claims, as well as more complex litigation involving FLSA collective actions, class actions, employment contract disputes, OFCCP claims, trade secrets, tax, pension and benefit issues. The firm also successfully represents clients in union organizing campaigns.

The firm strives to deliver the highest quality legal service in a timely, cost-effective and ethical manner. Its attorneys keep abreast of the latest developments in labor and employment law by writing legal texts and articles geared to human resources executives, attending legal education courses, and delivering seminars before numerous national, regional and local organizations. They share their legal knowledge with clients through the monthly newsletter and the annual Labor Relations & Employment Law Update Conference.

Practice Areas

The firm offers a full range of services in all practice areas related to labor and employment law:

    • Administrative Law
    • Affirmative Action Programs and Policies (AAP)
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Americas with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • Audits, Employer
    • Contract Administration/Negotiation
    • Equal Employment Programs and Policies (EEO)
    • Employee Benefits
    • Employment Law Training — State and Federal
    • ERISA
    • Executive/Management Development and Training
    • Executive Compensation
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Federal Contracts
    • Government Contracts
    • Health Insurance
    • Hiring and Firing Practices
    • Immigration and Naturalization
    • Industry Trend Analysis
    • Legislative and Regulatory Impact Analysis
    • Litigation Avoidance
    • Litigation Defense Management — All Forums
    • Lobbying
    • Management Leadership Training
    • Non-competition and Non-disclosure
    • Occupational Safety and Health Act — Audits • Litigation • Policies and Practices
    • Pattern and Practice Discrimination Defense
    • Personnel Programs and Policies
    • Plant Closing
    • Regulatory Compliance and Regulatory Impact Analysis
    • Retirement Plans
    • Substance Abuse and Drug Testing
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Wage & Hour— Audits •Employee Status Review • Litigation • Payroll Guidelines
    • Workers’ Compensation
    • Arbitration, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Collective Bargaining
    • Election Campaigns
    • Industry Trend Analysis
    • Litigation — Management Defense
    • Litigation Avoidance
    • Plant Closing
    • Union Avoidance — "Union Free" Policies and Programs
    • Union Organizing
    • Defense of Employment claims in all state and federal trial and appellate courts, including
    • Discrimination, including claims under Title VII, the ADEA, FMLA, and ADA
    • Harassment
    • ERISA
    • FLSA
    • OSHA
    • Intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring/ retention
    • Wrongful termination
    • Non-competition, Non-solicitation, and Non-disclosure covenants
    • Other state law tort claims
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Contract claims
    • Unfair business practices
    • Various uniform commercial code matters
    • RICO
    • Litigation Avoidance
    • Advice and Consultation regarding specific contemplated employment actions
    • Policies and Procedures Audit
    • Internal discrimination or harassment investigation
    • Supervisory and Non-Supervisory Training
    • Diversity Training and Consultation
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Mediation
    • Arbitration
Kathleen J. Jennings
Kathleen J. Jennings
Former Principal

Kathleen J. Jennings is a former principal in the Atlanta office of Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider, & Stine, P.C. She defends employers in employment matters, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, Wage and Hour, OSHA, restrictive covenants, and other employment litigation and provides training and counseling to employers in employment matters.

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