Bad economy good for employment law

McAfee & Taft shareholder and employment attorney Nathan Whatley was interviewed by The Journal Record about the significant increase in work for employment law attorneys even in this economic downturn.

Whatley, who is the practice group leader for the firm’s labor & employment group, told The Journal Record that a bad economy is always good for employment law.

“This may be a little bigger downturn, but the ones we’ve seen in the past have brought an increase in employment lawsuits,” Whatley told The Journal Record. With fewer jobs available, terminated employees are more likely to consider litigation against their former employer than they are when they can move straight into another job.

Whatley told The Journal Record that claims at the firm are up 15 percent from last year. Additionally, sweeping changes in employment laws and regulations have pushed client training work up by at least 50 percent.