Law

PRACTICE AREAS

Deborah Collins represents both employers and employees across the entire spectrum of employment issues including:

  •  negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements;

  • claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, or gender identity under the Virginia Values Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, or the Family and Medical Leave Act; 

  • claims for unpaid wages, overtime, commissions, unequal pay or misclassifications under the Virginia Wage Payment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, or the Equal Pay Act; 

 

  • filing and defending charges and claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Virginia Office of Civil Rights, and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry;

  • drafting and revising policies, procedures, and employee handbooks;

  • conducting internal investigations and corporate trainings;

 

  • filing and defending internal grievances;

 

  • representing employers and employees in mediations and arbitrations; and

  • advising regarding the new COVID-19 laws including the Families First Coronavirus Leave Act (FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021.

Ms. Collins represents clients in business disputes involving breach of contract, interference with business relationships, and unfair competition, and she assists with business formation.

She is a fierce and experienced trial attorney in both state and federal court and frequently serves as local counsel for out of state clients.