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Rhea A. Myers

PRACTICE AREAS

Rhea Myers concentrates his practice in Labor and Employment law, discrimination, commercial litigation and business consultation.

EXPERIENCE

Rhea regularly teaches seminars on employment law, discrimination and employer liability.

He tries cases and arbitration actions for both employers and individual employees. He has served as lead attorney for complex commercial litigation since 1980, often defending product liability claims.  He has pursued and defended employment claims in sex, race, age and disability discrimination claims. His commercial litigation experience includes class action suits with thousands of plaintiffs, claims of defective building components, construction disputes and personal injury claims. He has over 20 years of experience in stray voltage trials. To assist in the efficient organization of complex litigation, he developed specialized litigation software for use in the defense of product liability and class action cases.  Rhea works to educate employers and employees on how to use collective bargaining to benefit both sides.  He works directly with employers to maintain preventative practices.  He advises employers in creating workplace policies and procedures. He represents employers before government administrative boards or by defending them in state and federal courts.

He regularly presents supervisor training, including the overview of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), together with state and federal aspects of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), including potential claims for personal liability of supervisors.

Rhea counsels employers and employees in:

  • Termination of employment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workplace safety
  • Wage and overtime standards
  • Privacy rights
  • Discrimination against employees based on age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, marital status, criminal history, medical conditions, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
  • Employee benefits including state and federal rights to leaves of absence and retirement plans.
  • Review of employment contracts, advice about employment rights and recommended legal actions, mediation between employees and employers, and civil lawsuits both for and against employers.
  • Labor law relations among unionized employees, their unions, and their employers.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Authored the Chapter, “Litigation Support Systems: The Integration of Computer Database Technology Into Commercial Litigation” in the litigation text, Commercial Litigation in Wisconsin (1994).

EDUCATION

  • University of Wisconsin Law, J.D. 1980
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A., English, 1978
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., English, 1974

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin.
  • Admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.
  • Admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.
  • Admitted for cases in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Dakota for product cases.
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