John Rodgers represents public and private employers in employment-related litigation and assists them with employment policies, employee handbooks, workplace investigations, disciplinary actions, terminations and employment-related contracts. He actively litigates employment disputes on behalf of employers and has handled discrimination and retaliation, wage and hour, FMLA, and non-compete cases in both state and federal court. He also devotes substantial attention to ERISA litigation and representing individuals and businesses in conservatorship matters. 

Notable Matters
  • In 2019, on behalf of federal contractor client, successfully obtained dismissal of two lawsuits brought by two different plaintiffs under Title VII based on lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • In September 2018, obtained summary judgment for personnel supplier in automotive industry in case involving allegations of FMLA interference, FMLA retaliation, ADA discrimination, failure to accommodate under the ADA, and retaliation in violation of the ADA. In granting our client’s motion for summary judgment, the court held that client was entitled to rely on an FMLA certification showing the plaintiff was not legally entitled to leave, that plaintiff did not make a request for a reasonable accommodation as a matter of law, and that the plaintiff could not show that our client’s legitimate, non-discriminatory and non-retaliatory reason for terminating him was pre-textual.
  • In July 2018, obtained summary judgment in FLSA collective action case brought by more than three dozen employees.
  • In 2017, obtained summary judgment in Title VII hostile work environment/retaliation case; affirmed on appeal. The district court granted our client’s motion for summary judgment in full in a Title VII hostile work environment case involving allegations of sexual and religious harassment and retaliation. The court ruled that our client responded reasonably to allegations that coworkers were harassing the plaintiff. The plaintiff appealed to the Sixth Circuit, and on appeal, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment to our client (2017 WL 5466657 (6th Cir. Oct. 31, 2017)).