Richard R. Meneghello


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

Earned a summary judgment dismissal of a retaliation claim filed by a terminated employee in Oregon state court, upheld by both the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court (Cramer v. Sky Lakes Medical Center, 2014).

Secured a victory for an employer that terminated an individual after he was arrested for DUII while operating a company vehicle, defeating an ADA disability claim alleging alcoholism discrimination at summary judgment in Oregon federal district court (Servo v. Junginger, 2014).

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

Oregon Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Oregon
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
U.S. Supreme Court
Washington Court of Appeals
Washington Supreme Court

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cramer v. Sky Lakes Medical Center, Inc., 263 Or. App. 714 (2014), 365 Or. ___ (2014) – Oregon Court of Appeals and Oregon Supreme Court decisions affirming summary judgment victory in retaliation claim filed by terminated employee.

Servo v. Junginger, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108722 (D. Or. Aug. 6, 2014) – U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon victory on ADA disability discrimination claim at summary judgment, defeating claims of alcoholism discrimination.

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.


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.


5 Employment Law Cases to Pay Attention to
March 23, 2016

Don't Let the Super Bowl Cause Super Problems
February 5, 2016

Winter is Here! Employers, Take Action
January 4, 2016

An End-of-the-year Labor and Employment Checklist
December 25, 2015

OP-ED: Ringing in the New Year with New Laws
December 4, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions About Tip Credit in Oregon
November 25, 2015

When Alcohol Abuse Enters the Workplace
November 5, 2015

The Modern Workforce In Transition: Strategies for Employers Handling Transgender and Sexual Identity Issues
November 2, 2015

Lessons From the ‘Deflategate' Scandal
October 19, 2015

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

April 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories
May 2, 2016

What The $100M Uber Settlement Means To All Employers
April 28, 2016

Do You Have To Accommodate An Employee Who Worships The Flying Spaghetti Monster?
April 19, 2016

Broadway's 'Hamilton' Teaches Lessons To Employers
April 8, 2016

San Francisco Will Require Employers To Provide Paid Parental Leave: FAQs For Employers
April 7, 2016

Fisher & Phillips Offers Comments On EEOC's Proposed Pay Data Collection Rules
April 6, 2016

March 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories
April 5, 2016

Is It OK To Tell Polish Jokes At Work? (Answer: NO)
March 16, 2016

February 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories
March 1, 2016

"You Lie, You Die" – Dishonesty Derails Discrimination Case
February 29, 2016

Fisher & Phillips Offers Comments On EEOC's Proposed Retaliation Guidance
February 25, 2016

Oregon's Minimum Wage Will Increase This July - And Each Year Thereafter For The Next Six Years
February 19, 2016

Justice Scalia's Death Leads To Employer Uncertainty
February 15, 2016

This Valentine's Day, Telling Your Employees "I Love You" Could Get You Sued
February 10, 2016

January 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories
February 1, 2016

Employers May Soon Be Forced To Reveal Pay Information By Gender
January 29, 2016

What Every Employer Needs To Know About The Super Bowl
January 25, 2016

Employers Secure Another Win In Medical Marijuana Battle: Three Things You Need To Know
January 14, 2016

Federal Appeals Court Decision Offers Practical Guidance To Both HR Executives And Their Employers
January 8, 2016

All Is Well For Employers: Three Things You Need To Know About Court Ruling In Wellness Program Lawsuit
January 6, 2016

Top Ten Labor & Employment New Year's Resolutions For 2016
January 4, 2016

Minimum Wage To Increase For Many In 2016
December 16, 2015

Three Things Employers Need To Know About Cyber Monday
November 30, 2015

Portland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law
November 30, 2015

Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?
November 12, 2015

Will Your Workers Go On Strike On November 10? What You Need To Know
November 6, 2015

Drinking On The Job? Five Things Employers Need To Know In The Wake Of The USC Football Coach Controversy
October 20, 2015

What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?
September 29, 2015

Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
September 8, 2015

Don't Get Deflated: Four Things Employers Can Learn From the Tom Brady "Deflategate" Ruling
September 4, 2015

NLRB Starts Down The Slippery Slope With Controversial New Joint Employer Ruling
August 28, 2015

NLRB Sacks College Football Player Union Organizing Drive
August 17, 2015

Don't Fear The Reefer, Oregon Employers: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Will Not Impact Company Policies
November 5, 2014

Meet the New ADA: Massive Changes Ahead for Nation's Employers
September 18, 2008

Quotes and Soundbites

Cases Left on Supreme Court Docket May Lead to Tie Votes
February 19, 2016

Safe Bets: Super Bowl Gambling, Monday Absenteeism
February 5, 2016

An Employer Mandate for Wellness
February 1, 2016

Court: Employers Can Require Health Screenings for Insurance
January 8, 2016

Employer Requiring Wellness Program Participation Prevails Over EEOC
January 8, 2016

A Look Ahead
January 7, 2016

Why 2016 May Be a Rough Year for Litigation
January 3, 2016

How the Daily Fantasy Sports Clampdown Could Affect Oregon
December 24, 2015

Minimum Wage Changes Could Have Maximum Impact on Pay Scales
December 23, 2015

Spokeo's Challenge to 'No Injury' Suits Likely to Impact Employment Claims
November 2, 2015

Supreme Cases to Watch
October 13, 2015

Five Supreme Court Cases HR Leaders Need to Watch
September 17, 2015

Independent Contractor Issues: A Tale of Drivers, Strippers and Lawsuits
July 16, 2015

Intel's Parental ‘Bonding' Leaves Sets New Standard, But Other Oregon Employers Unlikely To Add It
January 25, 2015

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

Broadway's ‘Hamilton' Teaches Lessons To Employers
May 1, 2016

Three Things To Do: End-Of-The-Year Labor And Employment Checklist For 2015
December 1, 2015

If Your Baristas Can Show Off Their Tattoos, Will Your Employees Be Next?
July 1, 2015

Don't Give Your Employees The Mark Of The Beast
June 1, 2015

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?
October 1, 2014

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


Currently serves as legal advisor to Greater Portland Soccer District's Board of Directors (2009 - present).
Served on the St. John Fisher School Advisory Committee. (2010-2013)
Past Co-Chair of St. John Fisher School Parent-Teacher Club. (2008-2010)
Mock trial organizer and coach: Madison High School (1999, 2000), St. John Fisher School (2015)


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

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington