Steven N. Davi is a labor and employment lawyer, concentrating in all manner of employment litigation, arbitration and mediation. He advises employers on a wide array of workplace issues, including anti-discrimination law, disability law, wage-and-hour law, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workforce reductions, employment agreements and personnel policies. In addition, Steve counsels management with regard to their relations with organized labor, including collective bargaining, union organizing and striking. He also represents employers in proceedings before federal and state labor boards and private arbitration tribunals. Steve lectures on labor and employment topics, ranging from the use of social media in the workplace to harassment and discrimination issues.
For example, I had a client who employed a forklift operator with no known disabilities. The forklift operator suddenly had a seizure. The client needed to know what to do. Is it legal to discharge an employee who suffers from a seizure condition? Or is it the employer’s obligation to accommodate the employee under the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act or state analog? Job one was to gather all the facts relevant to this particular employee – for instance, the frequency and timing of the seizures, the nature of his job duties, and the extent of his functional limitations – before we could determine what a reasonable accommodation might look like and whether it would be possible to accommodate this employee under the circumstances.
“Success is building a strong client relationship: one in which the client trusts you and sees you as more than an attorney. You develop a friendship. You have a bond with them, and they trust you as an adviser and as a friend.”