Labor and Employment

Partnering with employers

We partner with our clients to optimize their most valuable resource – their employees.  This leaves our clients free to focus on what they do best: achieving their missions and goals. Together, we help our clients manage employment law issues, and work with our clients to prevent employment claims before they arise. We enable our clients to take action even in the most difficult situations, while appropriately mitigating risk. We recognize that employment litigation cannot be avoided at all times, and, if litigation occurs, we draw upon our extensive litigation experience to fiercely defend our clients’ interests. We care deeply about our clients and we work closely together to help their businesses to grow and succeed.

Range of Services:

Forming Employment Relationships

We offer our clients advice and options on key aspects of forming the employment relationship such as job applications, affirmative action plans, interviewing, pre-employment and post-employment inquiries and testing, preventing discrimination, background checks, immigration documentation, offer letters, employment contracts, non-competition agreements, assessing the exempt – or non-exempt status of employees, and handbooks. Our goal is to help our clients comply with employment laws and regulations and set a strong foundation to protect the business from employment related claims.


Preventing Disputes

We provide advice to our clients to minimize employment disputes and lawsuits. We assist our clients with tough termination decisions to minimize the risk of later employee claims. We investigate discrimination and harassment complaints and advise our clients how to best respond. We also guide our clients in complying with complex employment laws, such as disability/accommodation requests, the Family Medical Leave Act and other laws. We find that by helping our clients develop strong policies and procedures to implement the best human resources practices, is the best approach to prevent employment disputes and foster the productive working environment necessary for our clients’ success.


Litigating Disputes


Representative Matters

First impressions

Represented the Port of Tacoma in a case of first impression before the Washington Public Employment Relations commission involving the definition of a professional employee.

Contingent faculty unionization effort

Represented PLU in a union organizing campaign involving contingent faculty and constitutional issues.

Prevailing wage issue

Represented an employer in a prevailing wage matter arising from a public/private real estate development project.

Employer defense

Defended employers in a wide variety of discrimination and employment claims, including trials of age discrimination, disability discrimination, wrongful termination and non-compete claims.
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Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP


1201 Pacific Ave, #2100
Tacoma, WA 98402

Telephone: 253.620.6500
Fax: 253.620.6565


One Union Square
600 University St, #2100
Seattle, WA 98101

Telephone: 206.676.7500
Fax: 206.676.7575

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1201 Pacific Ave, #2100, Tacoma, WA 98402
Telephone: 253.620.6500  Fax: 253.620.6565


One Union Square, 600 University St, #2100, Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: 206.676.7500  Fax: 206.676.7575