Missouri Employment Law Attorneys Since 1963

At Law Office of Gerhard J. Petzall, L.L.C. in St. Louis, we represent employees and employers in all forms of employment related litigation and employment matters. Our history of representing both employers and employees means that we understand all aspects of employment disputes, which helps us to efficiently resolve existing cases and to advise our business clients on ways to reduce or avoid disputes and litigation.


Federal and state laws exist to protect employees’ rights. Our attorneys’ knowledge and understanding of those laws allows us to represent employees whose rights are violated. We have experience representing employees in many areas including:

  • Wrongful termination: Employees cannot be discharged in violation of an employment contract, in retaliation for enforcing their rights, or for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing or corruption.
  • Workplace discrimination: Federal and state anti-employment discrimination laws prohibit discrimination in the work place based on an employee’s race, color, religion, age, gender, or disability.
  • Disability discrimination: Employees cannot be fired, denied promotion or otherwise discriminated against because of a permanent or temporary physical disability.
  • Sexual harassment: Employees may not be subjected to behavior or comments that have the effect of creating a hostile work environment.
  • Employment contracts: We advise employees on all matters related to their employment contracts, including not only contracts creating fixed employment terms but also agreements containing non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions.


We help our business clients avoid the expenses and risks of litigation with advice designed to help them avoid disputes with their employees. Our goal is to partner with our clients to create rewarding and meaningful workplace environments where employees find predictable and defined expectations, recognition and reward for accomplishment, and trustworthy and knowledgeable supervision. Many situations can be resolved with a short telephone call or meeting. We offer advice on human resources practices and policies and provide management training and resources, including through:

  • Human resources evaluation: We examine existing procedures and handbooks to identify the strengths and weaknesses.
  • Management training: We provide management teams with the tools necessary to confidently and lawfully lead their workforce.
  • Issue-specific advice: We help clients avoid many problems with proactive telephone calls or meetings.
  • Conflict Resolution: We provide guidance through the many alternative paths to resolution, such as internal grievance programs, mediation, arbitration and litigation.

For an initial consultation with our experienced employment law attorneys, call 314-339-8056, toll free.