Judge Leavitt has mediated, arbitrated, and presided as a U.S. Magistrate Judge over a wide variety of employment disputes. These include matters involving discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour, benefit and pension, and breach of employment contract issues. He also has expertise in claims arising out of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Regarded among counsel for his knowledge, skill, and pleasant demeanor, Judge Leavitt is well equipped to manage and resolve both the emotional and legal aspects of employment disputes.
- Arbitrator on action by executive protection team members against hotel/casino for failure to pay overtime compensation in violation of FLSA, retaliatory discharge stemming from initial filing of legal action, and civil rights claims for discriminatory failure to promote based on race in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981
- Mediated age discrimination action for wrongful discharge brought by long-term administrative employee against university, which claimed it did not reappoint employee because of sweeping budget cuts
- Mediated claims arising out of medical company’s benefit and pension plan
- Mediated resolution of complex age-discrimination action involving multiple claimants and plaintiffs
- Mediated wage and hour class action against hotel/casino for failure to pay cocktail servers, bartenders, cashiers, and front-desk representatives for time they were required to cash in and cash out prior to and following their regular shifts
- Mediation involving FMLA and ADA claims brought by waste-hauling driver against private sanitation company alleging wrongful discharge and refusal to provide reasonable accommodations. Driver was fired after he refused to take company-mandated medical re-evaluation upon his return from medical leave.
- Mediation resulting in resolution of gender discrimination and workplace harassment lawsuit by female firefighter/captain against county fire department
- Mediator for FMLA action by controller of company that operated restaurant and several gas stations. Plaintiff was discharged upon returning to work following medical leave; defendant maintained termination was result of pre-planned reduction in workforce.
- Mediator for wrongful termination and retaliatory discharge claims brought by administrative employee against county government for being fired for refusing to participate in and reporting supervisor's anti-gay discriminatory practices against another employee
- Resolved police officer’s religious discrimination action against department
- Settled breach of employment contract between employee and company
- Settled numerous sexual harassment disputes
- Settlement of dispute between female employee and hotel/casino's nightclub over claims of sexually hostile workplace environment
- Wrongful termination dispute involving fraud and defamation claims