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“I provide advice to employers to help them avoid legal claims. When employers are faced with a claim or employee issue, I work with clients to problem-solve, weigh important risks and benefits, and formulate a legal strategy to put them in the best defensible position in the most efficient manner.” - Allyson 

Allyson M. Britton

Attorney

Overview

Allyson Britton defends the interests of both public and private employers in a variety of industries including health care, banking, education, and municipalities against claims of discrimination, retaliation, constitutional claims, contract disputes, misappropriation of employers’ property rights or business opportunities, restrictive covenants, and other aspects of employment relationships in both state and federal courts. Allyson also counsels employers concerning strategies for compliance with federal and state laws involving various aspects of employment law aimed at the prevention of claims.

Allyson advises private and public institutions regarding matters such as benefits, employment, social media and privacy issues, and student/parent issues. Allyson frequently serves as a guest speaker on employment and education law topics.

Experience

  • Counseling clients in litigation in state and federal Courts and administrative proceedings, including employment discrimination, wage and hour issues, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, and civil rights claims
  • Training of supervisors and employees regarding the prevention of Harassment in the Workplace and other employment-related topics
  • Drafting Employee Handbooks and policies
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts
  • Representing clients before various administrative bodies, including the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, the State Board of Education, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Delaware Department of Labor
  • Counseling employers regarding compliance with federal and state laws concerning various aspects of employment and education law

Professional Affiliations

Delaware State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Former Chair
American Bar Association
The Office of the Child Advocate, Delaware, Attorney for abused and neglected children
St. Elizabeth School, Steering Committee Member and President of the Alumni Board
Girls Inc. of Delaware, Former Board Member
Delaware Humane Association, Former Committee Member

Representative Matters

Bozeman v. the City of Wilmington
Following a four-day jury trial in the US District Court for the District of Delaware, we successfully secured a defense verdict for the City of Wilmington after plaintiff argued that the Chief of Police retaliated for the plaintiff’s exercise of his First Amendment rights and violation of the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process clause. 

Bates v. Caesar Rodney 
The Delaware Superior Court granted our motion for summary judgment in favor of the Caesar Rodney School District. The Court determined the District was not negligent in hiring or supervising the teacher who sexually abused a student.

Thompson v. Christiana Care Health System
Allyson presented oral argument in the Delaware Supreme Court. In a case of first impression, the Court upheld the claimant’s denial of unemployment benefits holding that she did not leave her employment for good cause when she resigned because she did not obtain a desired transfer and failed to exhaust her administrative remedies.

Meltzer v. City of Wilmington
Obtained an order granting summary judgment on behalf of the City of Wilmington in a case alleging Age Discrimination, Workers’ Compensation Retaliation, First Amendment Retaliation, and Due Process Clause violations. The case was affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court.

A.H. v. Colonial School District
Allyson successfully defended the school district's evaluations of a student in an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit where a parent requested the district fund several independent educational evaluations.

J.M. v. Cape Henlopen School District; A.H. v. Laurel School District
In Education Due Process hearings successfully defended claims by parents of students identified as eligible to receive special education services alleging that the students were denied a free and appropriate public education.

Publications

Articles & Publications

News & Events

Recognition

Honors

Delaware Today® Top Lawyer, Labor Law-Employer, 2017 - 2019
Delaware Business Times, Top 40 under 40 Award Recipient, 2017
Federal Trial Practice Seminar, Participant
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2009
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

T 302.888.5210
F 302.571.1750

Practice areas

Clerkships

Clerk for The Honorable Myron T. Steele, Delaware Supreme Court, 2006-2007

Admissions

Delaware, 2006

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Education

Widener University Delaware Law School, JD, cum laude

Washington College, BS

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