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.
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
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 360.com in 2011.
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
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
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
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
Social Media and the Employee - Chicago, IL
May 23, 2011
Presented at Oregon Restaurant Association's Leadership Conference
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
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).