Richard R. Meneghello

Partner

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.

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

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington

Court Admissions

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

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.

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.

Recognition

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.

News/Media

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


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

Newsletter Articles

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

Community

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).

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA
    J.D. 1996, cum laude
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
    A.B. 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington