Richard R. Meneghello: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Richard R. Meneghello

Portland,  OR  U.S.A.
Phone(503) 242-4262

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment-Related Torts
  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Workplace Violence
  • Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Race Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Sex and Same Sex Harassment
  • Trial Practice
University Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, A.B., 1993
Law SchoolGeorgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA, J.D., cum laude, 1996
Admitted1996, Oregon; 2007, Washington; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; Supreme Court of Oregon; Oregon Court of Appeals; Washington Supreme Court; Washington Court of Appeals

Professional Activities
Has served on Associated Oregon Industries' (AOI) Labor and Employment Practice Steering Committee since 2008.
Elected Chairperson of the Oregon State Bar Disability Law Executive Committee in 2001 and served on that committee from 1998 to 2003.
Served on Oregon State Bar Labor and Employment Law Executive Committee from 2008 to 2011.
Elected to serve on Oregon State Bar's Board of Bar Examiners, 2006 to 2009.
Testified before the Oregon State Legislature on impact of disability discrimination laws on employers, 2006.


Rich Meneghello is a partner in the Portland office. He is passionate about assisting employers with their labor and employment problems in a wide variety of areas.

Rich has focused much of his practice on defending and advising employers on disability discrimination issues. He has maintained this focus since 1999, when he was the lead associate attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Albertsons v. Kirkingburg, a unanimous decision interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act in favor of employers.

However, Rich's practice is not limited to ADA matters. He commonly appears in court defending claims of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, injured worker discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, and family and medical leave discrimination.

He also counsels employers on proactive ways to avoid legal problems, by rendering advice, drafting policies, and providing training.

Rich has written a monthly column in the Portland Daily Journal of Commerce entitled “Solutions at Work” since 2007, and he has supervised Fisher & Phillips' Supreme Court Alert service, which publishes summaries and offers practical advice about Supreme Court opinions, since 2008.

Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2007, in Oregon Super Lawyers since 2009, and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010.
AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004.
Named one of Oregon's Top 40 Under 40 by the Portland Business Journal, an award honoring local business leaders, in 2006.
Selected as a Rising Star in the national employment law community by Employment Law in 2011.


Starbucks Allows Visible Tattoos; Who's Next?
February 5, 2015

OP-ED: Should Businesses Beware of Service Dogs?
December 3, 2014

OP-ED: Ease Those Ebola Fears, Employers
November 5, 2014

Guest Opinion: Your Employees Are Ready For Football Season. Are You?
September 12, 2014

Social Media Mayhem - How Snapchat, Texting And Instagram Are Transforming The Workplace
September 1, 2014

Technology And Your Employees: How Snapchat, Texting and Instagram Are Transforming the Modern Workplace
July 9, 2014

Workplace Battle Lines Are Being Challenged By NLRB
June 6, 2014

Could That Dress Code Be Worthless?
May 7, 2014

Weighing Whether To Fight Unemployment Claims
April 4, 2014

Quotes and Soundbites
Intel's Parental 'Bonding' Leaves Sets New Standard, But Other Oregon Employers Unlikely To Add It
January 25, 2015

High Court's Recent Term Leaves Employers Sitting Pretty
July 2, 2014

Beating the Workplace-Risk Heat This Summer
June 12, 2014

Can An Employee Be Worked To Death?
March 4, 2014

Commentary: Think Twice Before Sending That Text
February 9, 2014

What Affected HR's Job The Most In 2013? Top 6 Trends
December 27, 2013

Wal-Mart Worker Fired Over Medical Marijuana
June 28, 2013

Facebook Harassment: Employers Should Address Inappropriate Behavior on Social Sites
February 18, 2013

Relationships Pose Many Risks, Require Vigilance From HR
December 11, 2012

Portland's Open-Shop Contractors Complain Of Union Intimidation
August 25, 2011

Workers Say Store Failed to Stop Groper
July 14, 2011

Newsletter Articles
Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?
October 1, 2014

Don't Fear The Future: Using Instagram As A Recruiting Tool
September 1, 2014

A Series Of Ticking Time Bombs - A Review Of The Supreme Court's 2013-2014 Term
August 1, 2014

Should You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)
April 1, 2014

Employee Fired For Facebook Rant Doesn't Like Status
February 3, 2014

Was It A Good Year Or Bad Year? The 2013 Employment Law Year In Review
December 3, 2013

Employers Go Two For Two - Three Times Over: A Review Of The 2012-13 Supreme Court Term
September 1, 2013

Can You Fire Someone For Being Too Sexy?
July 1, 2013

Count The Cost Before Waging The War
April 1, 2013

Never Mind Your Kids, How About Taking Your Dog To Work?
January 2, 2013

2012 Employment Law Year In Review
December 3, 2012

Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships: Never A Good Idea
September 3, 2012

Was The Supreme Court Term Actually Boring?
August 1, 2012

Pros and Cons of Severance Agreements
December 1, 2011

The Calm Before The Storm?
November 1, 2011

March Mayhem Bracket For Employers: Final Four Revealed!
April 1, 2011

March Mayhem Bracket For Employers: Biggest Workplace Headaches
March 1, 2011

How Will Kagan Treat Employers?
August 1, 2010

Presenting The Lemmies
March 1, 2010

The Year In Labor & Employment Law, from A to Z
January 1, 2010

Will Justice Sotomayor Be Kind to Employers? Magic Eight Ball Says Outlook Not So Bad
July 1, 2009

Student Golfer's Lawsuit Lands In The Rough
July 1, 2009


Social Media and the Employee - Chicago, IL
May 23, 2011

Presented at Oregon Restaurant Association's Leadership Conference
2007, 2009

Washington Lodging Association's Annual Conference

the Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries' Annual Conference for Employers
1998 to present

Guest lecturer at law school labor and employment classes
Lewis & Clark Law School Portland, OR

Willamette University School of Law
Salem, OR


Served on the St. John Fisher School Advisory Committee. (2010-2013)
Past Co-Chair of St. John Fisher School Parent-Teacher Club. (2008-2010)
Currently serves as legal advisor to Greater Portland Soccer District's Board of Directors (2009 - present).

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Defeated a disability discrimination lawsuit in an arbitration hearing held in Seattle, Washington, establishing that the employer properly accommodated a member of its sales force ( Laske v. Ricoh Americas Corp.,; 2012). Received a full defense verdict in a wage and hour trial in Oregon state court, defeating a claim by a former worker that she was improperly classified as an independent contractor and owed more than $100,000 in back wages ( Foster v. North House Enterprises,; 2010). Won a unanimous jury defense verdict in Oregon's federal district court on behalf of Indian Head Industries in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a terminated employee ( Stein v. Indian Head; , 2009). Scored a trial victory in Oregon state court on behalf of DHL Express in a contract dispute with a terminated manager, successfully arguing that employers have the ultimate authority to determine whether its employees are performing up to company standards ( Martin v. DHL Express; , 2008). Prevailed in an Oregon state court jury trial on behalf of Cooperative Retirement Services of America, a senior living management company, defeating a claim for wrongful discharge and retaliation which sought over $11 million in damages ( Mead v. CRSA; , 2006). Fisher & Phillips Delivers Arbitration Victory in Disability Claim; Fisher & Phillips Wins Full Defense Verdict in Wage-Hour Trial; Fisher & Phillips Scores a Trial Victory in Contract Dispute Case; Unanimous Verdict for the Defense; Reported Cases; Albertsons, Inc. v. Kirkingburg, 557 U.S. 555 (1999) - unanimous decision in favor of employer on ADA case before United States Supreme Court. Foster v. North House Industries, 260 P.3d 856 (Or.App. 2011), rev. denied, 271 P.3d 115 (Or. 2011) - Oregon Court of Appeals victory on independent contractor misclassification matter after successful trial court decision, upheld by Oregon Supreme Court. Mott v. Office Depot, 390 Fed.Appx. 658 (9th Cir. 2010) - successful defense of appeal at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after securing dismissal of harassment and family leave discrimination lawsuit. Martin v. DHL Express, 234 P.3d 997 (Or. App. 2010) - Oregon Court of Appeals victory on breach of contract matter after successful trial court decision. Cornwall v. Electra Central Credit Union, 439 F.3d 1018 (9th Cir. 2006) - appellate victory at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of employer and CEO in discrimination claim.

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Don't Fear The Reefer, Oregon Employers: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Will Not Impact Company Policies
Richard R. Meneghello, November 28, 2014
On November 4, 2014, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Alaska passed a similar law the same day). As of July 1, 2015, it will no longer be illegal for adults over the age of 21 in Oregon to possess one ounce...

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?
Richard R. Meneghello, October 10, 2014
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment claim?”

Don't Fear The Future: Using Instagram As A Recruiting Tool
Richard R. Meneghello, September 10, 2014
By now, most employers recognize that they shouldn’t peek at the social-media profiles of applicants for all sorts of reasons. It’s sort of like driving past an applicant’s house hoping that you can catch a glimpse of their private life through their front window. While in most...

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Richard R. Meneghello

111 SW Fifth Avenue
PortlandOR 97204


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