Areas of Practice
- Michigan, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1996
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1996
Ohio State University, J.D., magna cum laude
University of Michigan, A.B.
- with high honors
James F. Hermon is a member in Dykema's Labor & Employment practice group. Mr. Hermon's practice focuses upon the defense and trial of employment cases in federal and state courts, as well as counseling, advising and training corporations regarding their obligations under state and federal employment laws.
Mr. Hermon has represented a broad range of clients in a variety of employment and discrimination related matters, including representation in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, defense of lawsuits involving race, national origin, age, and sex discrimination, defense of sexual harassment claims, defense of disability and religious accommodation claims under state and federal law, and the defense and prosecution of claims for alleged violations of covenants not to compete. Mr. Hermon has also assisted employers in the drafting and implementation of employment policies, as well as the negotiation of employment and severance agreements with highly placed corporate executives. Mr. Hermon is also active in the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section.
- Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of national origin and retaliation claim brought by discharged professional employee of Tier 1 automotive supplier.
- Obtained unanimous jury verdict in two week trial involving claims by a sales employee for Fortune 100 corporation alleging racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation as a result of reassignment of his accounts.
- Arbitration award in client's favor on age and gender discrimination claim brought by production employee of Tier 2 automotive supplier.
- Successfully defended multiple plaintiff age discrimination and breach of contract claim for a national retailer arising from across the board changes to compensation programs.
- Successfully defended claim seeking preliminary injunction against automotive engineer and his new employer for alleged violation of contractual covenant not to compete.
- Successfully defended sexual harassment and retaliation claim brought by nurse anesthetist working for large health care system alleging that her work environment was permeated with sexual innuendo.
- Obtained unanimous jury verdict in federal court of "failure to accommodate" claim brought by physician against practice group for alleged failure to accommodate her debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.
Seminars & Speeches
- June 16, 2016
- June 13, 2016
- Noncompetition Agreements: How to Effectively Implement and Avoid Contractual Restrictive Covenants, University of Michigan Labor & Employment Law Institute, Ann Arbor, MichiganApril 14-15, 2016
- Exploring Legal Issues Affecting Employers and Offering Proven Solutions, Dykema Employment SeminarNovember 15, 2011
- The Top Five Personnel Mistakes Employers Make, Presentation to Michigan Library AssociationNovember 2009
- Religious Accommodation In The Workplace, Presentation to ICLE Employment Law BriefingApril 2009
- FMLA Developments, WebinarNovember 2008
- Lessons from the Airwaves, Stay Current and Learn Employment Relations From Your Television, Dykema Employment Law SeminarOctober 2008
- Managing Conflict Between Work Rules and the Law, WebinarAugust 2008
- Workplace Harassment and FMLA Disability Law and Developments, Presenter, Sterling Education SeminarsJune 2007
- It's Against My Religion - Employer Obligations to Accommodate Employee Religious Practices, WebinarAugust 2006
- Six Things Plaintiffs' Attorneys Love to See, Private Employer SeminarJuly 2006
- Finding Employees With The Right Stuff, WebinarMay 2006
- Company Secret? What Secret? How to Protect Your Company's Trade Secrets and Legitimate Business Interests, WebinarApril 2006
- Discovery Landmines, Dykema Employment Law SeminarOctober 2005
- The Top Five Personnel Mistakes Employers Make, WebinarJune 2005
- Top Five Employer Errors In Complying With the FLSA, WebinarApril 2005
- December 2016Michigan Bar Journalhttp://www.michbar.org/file/barjournal/article/documents/pdf4article3013.pdf
- 2010Employment Law Trial Tactics, DRI
- "2008 Update on Nonsolicitation, Noncompete, and Trade Secret Law, Employee Rights and Responsibilities" (Contributor)Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association
- "2007 Update on Nonsolicitation, Noncompete, and Trade Secret Law" (Contributor)Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
- "2005 Update on Workplace Privacy Law" (Contributor)Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association
- "2004 Update on Workplace Privacy Law" (Contributor)American Bar Association, Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section
- November 2, 2016
- February 1, 2016
- Transaction Valued at $160 Million; Significant Step in Helping Compuware Accelerate Topline Revenue Growth, Improve Future ProfitabilityMarch 14, 2014
- December 20, 2016
- November 23, 2016
- June 28, 2016
- March 15, 2016
- June 4, 2015
- March 20, 2015
- January 8, 2015
- December 19, 2014
- NLRB Reverses Itself: Employer Email Systems Now Can be Used by Employees for Union-Related CommunicationsDecember 11, 2014
- December 9, 2014
- May 28, 2014
- March 7, 2014
- March 16, 2012
- Wage/Benefits Freeze for Public Employee Unions: New Michigan Law Affects Public Employer Post-Contract Health Insurance, Wage Step IncreasesJune 14, 2011
- April 11, 2011
- December 22, 2010
- New Illinois Law Will Prohibit Discrimination Against Employees and Job Applicants Based on their Credit HistoryAugust 12, 2010
- Sixth Circuit Rejects Agreement of Employees to Alternative Dispute Resolution and Shortened Limitations Period as Not Being "Knowing and Intelligent"April 30, 2010
- November 2, 2016
- 14 Attorneys Receive “Lawyer of the Year” HonorsAugust 15, 2016
- Dykema Pro Bono Client Was Banned From Bringing Service Dog to ClassJune 28, 2016
- 12 Attorneys Receive “Lawyer of the Year” HonorsAugust 18, 2015
- November 20, 2014
- Firm Receives 10 “Lawyer of the Year” HonorsAugust 18, 2014
- Michigan Federal Jury Agrees Former MSC Employees Breached Confidentiality Agreements, Misappropriated Trade Secrets When Hired by CompetitorApril 15, 2014
- Nearly One in Four Dykema Practitioners Earn Distinction; Seven Merit “Lawyer of the Year” HonorsAugust 16, 2013
- More Than One in Four Dykema Practitioners Earn DistinctionAugust 23, 2012
- September 9, 2010
- New FLSA Regulations Enjoined!
- New Federal Defense of Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Re-Examine Employee Confidentiality Agreements
- EEOC Issues Proposal That Would Require Inclusion of Wage and Hour Data in Annual EEO-1 Submissions
- Sixth Circuit Reverses Earlier Opinion Extending Telecommuting As A Widely Available
- NLRB Gives Examples of “Illegal” and “Legal” Handbook Provisions and Work Rules
- Sixth Circuit Refines Heightened Standard Applicable To Discrimination Cases In The Context Of Reduction In Force
- The Statute Apparently Means What It Says -- Supreme Court Grants Victory To Employers Facing Title VII Retaliation Suits
- Genesis Healthcare v Symczyk Validates Potential Defense in FLSA Collective Actions
- Michigan Passes Internet Privacy Protection Act, Joins The Ranks of States Prohibiting Employers From Demanding Access To Facebook Accounts
- Five New Year's Resolutions For Employers
- Seventh Circuit Clarifies Scope of Acceptable Medical Inquiry In Affirming Dismissal of EEOC Suit Against Employer.
- A Few Notes...
- Michigan’s Medicinal Marijuana Act Confirmed Not To Create Protection For Employees
- Sixth Circuit Expands Definition of “Medical Exam” Prohibited By Americans With Disabilities Act to Include Counseling
- Pending Legislation Threatens to Reshape Michigan Law Regarding Noncompete Agreements
- Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act: Employers Take Note!
- Sixth Circuit Issues Valuable Reminder of the Importance of Contractually Shortened Limitations Periods
- Sixth Circuit Overturns Longstanding Americans With Disabilities Act Precedent, Establishes “But-For” Standard For Proving Violations.
- Are Your Interns Really Interns? Wage and Hour Liability Awaits the Careless Employer
- Welcome to Dykema's Labor and Employment Law Blog
- The Dominos Have Begun To Fall: Statutory Protection for Facebook Passwords
- How Do You Count To Twelve?
Awards & Recognition
Named a Rising Star by Law & Politics, 2009-2010
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Labor & Employment Litigation, 2013-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2015
Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Employment: Management and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2016. Law Bulletin Publishing Company