Representation of Public Sector Employers

Axley public sector employer attorneys have a long history of representing municipalities, including counties, cities, villages, towns and school districts. Our attorneys have expertise in representing public sector employers in the labor area, including collective bargaining issues and interest arbitration.

Our public sector employer attorneys have successfully represented public sector employers in litigation brought under the state and federal constitutions, including:
  • Discrimination and harassment claims under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
  • Due process claims arising out of disciplinary or termination decisions
  • First Amendment employee speech claims
  • Search and privacy claims under the Fourth Amendment

Our labor and employment attorneys also have vast experience with the numerous statutes and regulations which impact public employers, including Wisconsin’s open record and open meetings laws.

Client Successes

Some of our past experience in the field.
Worker Disability & Retaliation Claims
Obtained summary judgment in federal court, which was affirmed on appeal at Champlin v. Wonewoc-Center Sch. Dist., 2003 WL 2150938, on behalf of school district of former employee's claim for failure to accommodate an alleged disability, while also obtaining no probable cause finding after hearing before Equal Rights Division on retaliation claim brought by same employee
Constructive Discharge
Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of school district on employee's claims for failure to accommodate her alleged disability and constructive discharge, which was affirmed on appeal at Cigan v. Chippewa Falls Sch. Dist., 388 F.3d 331 (7th Cir. 2004)
Prevailed in Open Records Lawsuit
Prevailed in open records lawsuit on behalf of authority sued for release of records relating to authority's investigation into employee's alleged actions, which was affirmed on appeal at Seifert v. Sheboygan Falls School Dist., 2007 WI App 207, 740 N.W.2d 177

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