Neil Gath represents labor organizations, building trades councils and individual workers. In addition to numerous local unions, Mr. Gath serves as the primary counsel for the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Central Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council. He provides advice on organizing campaigns, contract negotiations, union administrative matters and campaign finance issues. On behalf of these organizations, Mr. Gath has often filed amicus briefs in the Indiana Courts supporting legal positions which benefit organized labor and workers.
He frequently appears before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings. In December 2010, Mr. Gath resolved a unfair labor practice case with a payment of $725,000 to various individuals who had been discriminated against by an employer. He also handles numerous arbitrations for production facilities, construction bargaining units and flight attendants.
Mr. Gath often litigates claims for payment of wages and fringe benefit contributions. He has pursued claims for violations of the Indiana Common Construction Wage Act against employers and their bonding companies. Mr. Gath further utilizes innovative tactics to assist unions and benefit funds in recovering unpaid fringe benefit contributions from third parties.
He provides guidance to labor organizations in conducting their internal union elections to ensure compliance with the LMRDA and other legal requirements. When necessary, he has represented unions in investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor. He also counsels unions on a wide aspect of administrative issues such personnel, governmental regulations and EEOC claims.
Mr. Gath represents injured workers in Indiana workers' compensation claims. A significant portion of his workers' compensation practice consists of professional athletes including players in the National Football League, Minor League Baseball, Professional Hockey and the Women's National Basketball Association. Additionally, he advises the Indiana AFL-CIO on workers' compensation issues and has regularly appeared before Indiana General Assembly committees.
Mr. Gath graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he was a member of the moot court. He is admitted to practice in Indiana and Ohio along with numerous federal courts. He provides pro bono legal services to The Church of the Holy Spirit primarily on charity gaming matters. Mr. Gath further serves on the Board of Directors for Kids Chance of Indiana.