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.


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Six Attorneys in Portland Listed in 2015 Oregon Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
July 8, 2015

Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

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.



Commentary: Workplace Appearance Policies: One Size Doesn't Fit All
September 22, 2015

'At Will' Employment Works Well for Workers and Businesses in Oregon (OPINION)
August 20, 2015

Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, But Words Can Get You Fired
August 7, 2015

Appearance Policies: One Size Doesn't Always Fit All
July 1, 2015

The Fine Line of Monitoring Workers via GPS
June 4, 2015

OP-ED: Oregon Legislature May Choose to 'Ban the Box'
April 1, 2015

Don't Give Employees the Mark of the Beast
March 5, 2015

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

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

Commentary: Federal court upholds termination sparked by Facebook rant
December 11, 2013

Bronies and a Machete Make for Interesting HR
November 1, 2013

More U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Expected To Affect Employers
October 2, 2013

That Independent Contractor Agreement Might Be Worthless
September 5, 2013

For sale: Two Extra Vacation Weeks
July 2, 2013

Does It Smell Like A Lawsuit?
June 5, 2013

So, What Is Harassment Really?
May 1, 2013

Best Employment Practices from the Wide World of Sports
April 3, 2013

Count the Cost Before Waging the War
January 31, 2013

Will Paid Sick Leave Make Employers Sick In 2013?
December 6, 2012

Courts Provide Employers With Whistleblower Lessons
November 1, 2012

Business Going To The Dogs?
October 4, 2012

Be Careful, Employers: You're In The 'Red Zone'
September 6, 2012

25 Million Reasons To Stop Workplace Bullying
August 2, 2012

Court Provides Guidance On Managing Employee Attendance
May 31, 2012

Criminal Background Checks Just Got A Little Harder
May 3, 2012

Can You Get Fired For Wearing An Orange Shirt To Work?
April 5, 2012

Oregon Employers Have Something New To Worry About
March 1, 2012

Recent Legal Battles Provide Lessons
February 2, 2012

What Oregon Employers Need To Know About Stalking
December 1, 2011

The Dilemma Of Unemployment Claims
September 1, 2011

What's the Latest With 'Obamacare?'
May 5, 2011

You Think Your Company's Dress Code Is Bad?
February 3, 2011

Supreme Court Will Be Busy With Employment Law
January 6, 2011

Religion, Holidays and the Workplace
December 3, 2010

For Terminations, Timing is Everything
November 4, 2010

Talking Politics at Work: Where Can Employers Draw the Line?
October 1, 2010

5 Ways to Keep Employees Happy (in Time for Labor Day)
September 2, 2010

Are Your Independent Contractors Really Independent Contractors?
August 5, 2010

When Can Employers Be Liable For Employees' Online Conduct?
July 19, 2010

Supreme Court Rules on Texting, Sexting at Work
July 1, 2010

Summertime Means Heightened Workplace Safety Concerns
June 21, 2010

Oregon Law Restricts Anti-Union Communication to Employees
May 24, 2010

Employers Hazy Over Medical Marijuana in the Workplace
May 10, 2010

Oregon Employers Claim Victory in Medical Marijuana Battle
May 6, 2010

Employees With Medical Marijuana
April 1, 2010

New Rules On Credit Checks Are In The Works
March 11, 2010

Be Proactive to Ensure Employee Safety
February 5, 2010

The New Internet Danger: Employers Can Be Liable For Employees' Online Conduct
January 26, 2010

For Employers, How to Avoid Lawsuits
January 12, 2010

Time to Prepare for a New Civil Rights Law
November 17, 2009

FAQs About Swine Flu in the Workplace
November 5, 2009

Many Illegal Drug Users Are Working
October 1, 2009

Cell Phone Legal Sins Include Driving, Textual Harassment
September 11, 2009

New Workplace Worry: 'Textual Harassment'
August 6, 2009

Five Essential Tips: Managing Your Workforce In A Slumping Economy
August 2, 2009

Beware: Sensitive Data is a Frequent Target
July 3, 2009

Tension Grows as Lawmakers Ignore Medical Marijuana
June 26, 2009

Don't Risk Letting Employees Get Burned
June 5, 2009

OSHA May Soon Start Flexing Its Muscle
May 1, 2009

Onerous Employee Free Choice Act Weighs Down Companies
April 10, 2009

Prepare for Workers to Be Deployed: Four Things That All Oregon Employers Need to Know about Military Leave
April 3, 2009

Don't Get Caught With a Smoking Gun in Employment Cases: Ask Managers to Be Honest and Thoughtful When Giving Evaluations of Employees
March 27, 2009

Networking Web Sites Can Be Snares: Employers Should Weigh Pros and Cons Before Investigating Employees Online
March 6, 2009

Valentines Thoughts about Workplace Love Contracts
February 16, 2009

Five Steps to Keep Layoffs Legal
January 2, 2009

Five More Ways to Guarantee a Lawsuit
November 7, 2008

Five Ways to Guarantee a Lawsuit
November 6, 2008

E-Verify: Immigration Solution or Problem?
October 3, 2008

The Long, Strange Trip Continues
July 7, 2008

Hey Boss, Check Out My New Tattoo!
May 2, 2008

Employers Have Vote on Politics at Work
March 10, 2008

Checking References in the MySpace Era
February 1, 2008

Some Bad News on Horizon for Oregon Employers in 2008
January 4, 2008

Writing It Doesn't Always Make It Right
December 7, 2007

Gen. Y: Employment At Will Now A Two-Sided Proposition
October 26, 2007

Immigration Battle Could Be Coming To Your Office
October 5, 2007

Don't Cast Too Wide a Net When Restricting Blogging
September 7, 2007

A Good Handbook Can Guide You From Litigation
August 3, 2007

Court Ruling Opens Door for Lawsuits
June 15, 2007

Can Sexual Orientation Talk Spark Harassment Claim?
June 8, 2007

Happy Admin Professional's Day, now please don't sue
May 4, 2007

Want To Solve The 'Problem Employee' Problem? Declare War
March 2, 2007

Are You Ready for Some Football? Your Employees Are
September 7, 2006

The Hidden Perils of Disability Access

Legal Alerts

What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?

Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

Don't Get Deflated: Four Things Employers Can Learn From the Tom Brady Deflategate Ruling

NLRB Starts Down The Slippery Slope With Controversial New Joint Employer Ruling

NLRB Sacks College Football Player Union Organizing Drive

Don't Fear The Reefer, Oregon Employers: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Will Not Impact Company Policies

Meet the New ADA: Massive Changes Ahead for Nation's Employers

Quotes and Soundbites

Five Supreme Court Cases HR Leaders Need to Watch

Independent Contractor Issues: A Tale of Drivers, Strippers and Lawsuits

Intel's Parental 'Bonding' Leaves Sets New Standard, But Other Oregon Employers Unlikely To Add It

High Court's Recent Term Leaves Employers Sitting Pretty

Beating the Workplace-Risk Heat This Summer

Can An Employee Be Worked To Death?

Commentary: Think Twice Before Sending That Text

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

Wal-Mart Worker Fired Over Medical Marijuana

Facebook Harassment: Employers Should Address Inappropriate Behavior on Social Sites

Relationships Pose Many Risks, Require Vigilance From HR

Portland's Open-Shop Contractors Complain Of Union Intimidation

Workers Say Store Failed to Stop Groper

Newsletter Articles

If Your Baristas Can Show Off Their Tattoos, Will Your Employees Be Next?

Don't Give Your Employees The Mark Of The Beast

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?

Don't Fear The Future: Using Instagram As A Recruiting Tool

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

Should You Install Security Cameras In Company Bathrooms? (Hint: NO)

Employee Fired For Facebook Rant Doesn't Like Status

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

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

Can You Fire Someone For Being Too Sexy?

Count The Cost Before Waging The War

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

2012 Employment Law Year In Review

Supervisor-Subordinate Relationships: Never A Good Idea

Was The Supreme Court Term Actually Boring?

Pros and Cons of Severance Agreements

The Calm Before The Storm?

March Mayhem Bracket For Employers: Final Four Revealed!

March Mayhem Bracket For Employers: Biggest Workplace Headaches

How Will Kagan Treat Employers?

Presenting The Lemmies

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

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

Student Golfer's Lawsuit Lands In The Rough


Oregon Breakfast Briefing: Paid Sick Leave And More
July 30, 2015

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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What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?
Richard R. Meneghello, October 7, 2015
The first Monday in October is the traditional first day of a new U.S. Supreme Court term. As always, the 2015-16 term will have several cases that are of particular interest to the nation’s employers.

Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
Cheryl L. Behymer,Richard R. Meneghello,Thomas P. Rebel, September 10, 2015
President Obama used Labor Day 2015 to send a strong signal about his domestic priorities, signing an Executive Order which will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to seven or more days of paid sick leave per year. Employers have some time to come into...

Don't Get Deflated: Four Things Employers Can Learn From the Tom Brady "Deflategate" Ruling
Richard R. Meneghello, September 4, 2015
On Thursday, September 3, 2015, a federal judge overturned the NFL’s four-game suspension imposed on star quarterback Tom Brady, ruling that the league couldn’t discipline him for allegedly deflating footballs in order to make them easier to throw. Employers can learn a few valuable...

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