- 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
- Sex and Same Sex Harassment
- Trial Practice
|University ||Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, A.B., 1993|
|Law School||Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA, J.D., cum laude, 1996|
|Admitted||1996, 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|
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 ofAlbertsons 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 thePortland Daily Journal of Commerceentitled 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, inOregon Super Lawyerssince 2009, and inThe Best Lawyers in Americasince 2010.
AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2004.
Named one of Oregon's Top 40 Under 40 by thePortland Business Journal, an award honoring local business leaders, in 2006.
Selected as a Rising Star in the national employment law community byEmployment Law 360.comin 2011.
Quotes and Soundbites
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
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
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).
|Reported Cases||Representative 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.|
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
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...
A Series Of Ticking Time Bombs - A Review Of The Supreme Court's 2013-2014 Term
Richard R. Meneghello, August 12, 2014
The Supreme Court recently wrapped up its 2013-2014 term, and management can count it as another successful year in front of the High Court. Of the nine decisions impacting labor and employment law, seven of them should have positive implications for American businesses for years to come. And even...
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