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Nicholas Fairweather

Madison Employment Attorney
Madison Labor Attorney

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For over 16 years, Nicholas E. Fairweather has represented Wisconsin employees, labor unions, and consumers in a variety of disputes, inside and outside of the workplace.

  • He represents the interests of municipal, State, and school district employees throughout the State as they are forced to maneuver their way through a thicket of administrative rules and regulations, policies and procedures.
  • He pursues civil rights and discrimination claims on behalf of employees.
  • He is also well-versed in the employment and property issues facing public and private sector science professionals.
  • He has represented State whistleblowers in the litigation of their complaints and lawsuits.
  • He represents the interests of victims of workplace discrimination and retaliation, including claims under the State of Wisconsin Fair Employment Law, the Madison Equal Employment Opportunities ordinance; Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the federal and state Family and Medical Leave Act(s).

With a team of accomplished professionals, Mr. Fairweather successfully obtains resolutions both through mediation and litigation before all administrative and judicial forums.

Not all employment work involves disputes. Mr. Fairweather also:

In late-2016, Mr. Fairweather and his co-counsel achieved a trial victory on behalf of a former sales executive at a Madison-area health insurance carrier. The client had been denied compensation equal to a male co-worker who had been performing the same work. The federal judge found in the employee’s favor and awarded her all of the damages, penalties, fees, and costs available to her under the federal Equal Pay Act.

In early 2016, Mr. Fairweather and his co-counsel successfully settled a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination and retaliation in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.

Mr. Fairweather regularly represents public employees in disputes with municipal, county, state and school district employers.

Mr. Fairweather was named a “Rising Star” by Milwaukee Magazine each year from 2008 to 2014. He was named to the Best Lawyers in America List in 2015, 2016. While he is grateful for these accolades, he finds the most satisfaction in assisting clients through extremely stressful and often traumatic situations.

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Mr. Fairweather earned a bachelor of arts in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. His law degree is from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s General Practice/Solo & Small Firm Section, the Tenant Resource Center, and Community Justice, Inc. He volunteers time serving as a mentor and monitor in the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Lawyer Assistance Program.