Sean Monson is the chairperson of the firm’s Employment & Labor and Immigration Law practice teams. He defends employers against discrimination and wrongful termination claims, represents them in non-compete cases and advises them regarding best practices to avoid litigation in the future.  

Capabilities

Biography

Sean A. Monson focuses his practice in employment counseling and litigation and real estate litigation and transactions. He has represented several large and small Utah businesses in litigation matters involving claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, covenants not to compete, WARN Act disputes, OSHA infractions, and labor disputes. He has represented title companies, businesses and individuals in real property transactions and litigation matters involving boundary, ownership, title insurance and priority of interest lawsuits. He has also represented companies in multimillion dollar real estate purchase and sale transactions as wells as lending, development and leasing agreements. He has appeared before planning commissions and city councils on behalf of real estate developers regarding entitlement and zoning disputes throughout the Wasatch Front. He is the current chair of the Bountiful City planning commission.

Experience

Defended Against Claims of Discrimination

Represented an Israeli company against claims of religious discrimination, disability discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, among other claims.

Sale of Golf Course and Subdivision Ground Lease

Represented client in the sale of a golf course ground lease and surrounding subdivision.

Represented Foreign Bitcoin Mining Company in Recovering Cryptocurrency and Company Assets

Successfully pursued a former employee who misappropriated more than $1 million in stolen cryptocurrency and who misappropriated other company assets. Successfully dismissed multiple counter-claims asserted by the former employee relating to alleged ownership interests in the company and obtained injunctive relief to assist the company in retrieving its stolen cryptocurrency.

Accomplishments

Academic

University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1995)

Brigham Young University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1992)

Professional

Recognized as member of Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine for multiple years in both employment and real estate. 

Associations

Professional

Chair, Real Estate Section of the Utah State Bar

Member, Executive Committee, Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar

Community

Member of Board of Directors, Davis County Citizens Committee Against Violence

Volunteer, Davis County Attorney’s Office Protective Order Project

Insights

Articles

Employment Law Update May 2022

Is COVID-19 a Disability Under the ADA? It Depends.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay of Vaccine Mandate; OSHA Extends Compliance Deadline

Utah Responds to the Federal Vaccine Mandate: The New State Rule

New Federal Mandates Regarding COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Are Coming

See the Latest EEOC Guidance For Employee Covid-19 Vaccinations In A “Utah Business Magazine” Article by Labor And Employment Department Chair Sean Monson

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Workplace

Vaccines: Mandatory or Voluntary for Employees?

New COVID Relief Statute: Second Round of PPP Loans, Extension of FFCRA Leave Rights, and Tax Code Changes

Dealing With “Remote” Teleworking Employees: Best Practices for Teleworking

Treasury Department Clarifies Payroll Tax Deferral Executive Order

A Portion of Payroll Taxes May Be Deferred for the Vast Majority of Workers Beginning Sept. 1, 2020, and Continuing Through Dec. 31, 2020

Supreme Court Limits Protections for Employees Working for Religious Schools

Salt Lake County Extends Face Covering Order to Aug. 20, 2020

Salt Lake County and Summit County Require Individuals to Wear Face Coverings

Looking Forward: How to Manage Your Workforce In 2020 and Beyond

Title VII Covers LGBQT Employees

PPP Loan Program Modified – More Time to Spend, Fewer Restrictions on Spending

Strategies on acing the SBA’s new PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

What to Do with Employees at High Risk for Serious COVID 19 Illness: The ADA and Return to Work

Liabilities When Re-Opening: Steps to Minimizing the Risks

Re-opening for Business: Employers Should Begin Planning Now

You’ve Had a Chance to Catch Your Breath, Now What? Five Things Employers Should be Thinking About Right Now

CARES Act PPP Loans Interim Final Rule Released

Additional Guidance from the Department of Labor Including the Frequently Asked Question: “What is the ‘small business exemption’ under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

Response Act Poster, Leave Policies and Shelter in Place Notices

Emerging Questions For Employers Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act And Other Coronavirus Employment Issues

COVID-19 Leave and Sick Pay Statute Enacted

COVID-19, Family Medical Leave Act and Paid Time Off – Employer Questions Answered

EEOC Reverses Course Regarding the Ministerial Exception in Employment Discrimination Cases

The Utah Supreme Court Delivers a Haymaker to the Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Employment Cases

Federal Government Raises Threshold Salary for Employees to Qualify for Exempt Status

Dynamex Decision Codified – California is a Land of Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Presentations

Credentials

Licensed

Utah

Education

University of Michigan Law School