Hanna Norvell represents employers in all matters regarding employees and represents business owners and operators in matters regarding accessibility for persons with disabilities, including the accessibility of buildings, public areas, parking lots, services, residential facilities, websites, and more.
Board Certified in Labor and Employment law, Hanna Norvell has represented employers since 1996 in matters related to:
- employment decisions;
- employee and management training;
- internal or external investigations or audits;
- employee and independent contractor classification, as well as joint employer (co-employer) or integrated employer issues involving staffing companies or affiliated companies;
- allegations made by employees or independent contractors under various federal or state laws, including claims concerning compensation, hiring, promotion, termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1981), Sabine Pilot and whistleblower claims regarding reporting of or refusal to perform alleged illegal conduct, wages and hours (Fair Labor Standards Act and other overtime and minimum wage laws), as well as public policy or contract-based claims;
- disability accommodation (ADA and the interactive process), military leaves (USERRA), other leaves of absence, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), drug testing, medical exams;
- layoffs, furloughs, voluntary separation or retirement programs or other staff reductions (including WARN Act),
- unemployment compensation claims, workers’ compensation retaliation,
- workplace violence or misconduct;
- protected concerted activity (NLRB), employee privacy, employee social media use;
- background checks, applicant testing, and other hiring screens and processes,
- multi-state employer handbooks and policies and agreements, and
- due diligence and representations or warranties regarding employment issues involved in mergers and acquisitions.
Hanna has extensive experience in drafting, enforcing, and litigating executive and other employment agreements, executive and other employee separation or severance agreements, executive compensation and benefits agreements, non-disclosure, non-disparagement, non-competition, non-solicitation and non-hire agreements, and in litigating claims of tortious interference, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, breach of contract, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.