Employers repeat the same mistakes that result in lawsuits:  they do not properly address employee complaints.  After an employee complains, employers often either ignore the complaint or look for a reason to fire the employee.  The latter action can result in a separate legal action for retaliation.  Proper training on addressing employee complaints results in the following benefits to the employer:

(1)    Employers could reduce the high cost of litigation, avoid potential judgments, and avoid negative publicity.

(2)    Employers could avoid the costs resulting from employee turnover.

(3)    Employers could have happier, and consequently, more productive employees.

Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC also offers training programs on the following subjects:

* Avoiding lawsuits

* Sexual harassment

* Discrimination/harassment/retaliation

*Conflict resolution

* Mediation

Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC can tailor programs to fit your business’s needs and hold the training at its office or yours.


Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC offers periodic free lunch seminars to invited business owners and human resource professionals.  The seminar features Jared Simmons and Alona M. Gottfried, the principals of Simmons & Gottfried. Mr. Simmons and Ms. Gottfried discuss practical, everyday information from a legal perspective aimed at assisting business owners/operators to avoid litigation and best handle legal issues, if they should arise. In Mr. Simmons’ and Ms. Gottfried’s practices, they often see cases that could have been resolved through planning, alternate dispute resolution, and training.    The seminars are held at the law office of Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC 8160 E. Butherus; Suite 7 in Scottsdale. Lunch is provided.

If you would like to be invited to a seminar, please call: 480-998-1500.


Mr. Simmons is licensed in both Arizona and Texas.  Since 1996 Mr. Simmons has devoted his practice almost exclusively to representing small to medium size businesses for all their transactional and litigation requirements.  Mr. Simmons has written several articles about business issues and mediation.  He is currently appointed as a judge pro tempore with the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Ms. Gottfried is a mediator, attorney, and conflict resolution trainer. As an employment attorney for 15 years, she is uniquely qualified to help employers avoid employee conflicts through mediation, training and investigations. Ms. Gottfried also speaks to Human Resources groups and teaches mediation.   In addition, she helps resolve legal actions as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge pro tempore.