Litigation / Employment Law

An employer attempts to create a work environment that is conducive to productivity, fosters respect by and among employees, and encourages hard work. However, it is an unfortunate fact of life that today’s society is a litigious one. Litigation has become a cost of doing business, much like insurance or equipment costs. Fortunately, a company is not without recourse. The firm has valuable experience representing defendant employers in federal and state actions at all stages of litigation; from administrative investigations, to pretrial matters, to trial before a Judge or Jury, to appealing or defending an appeal of a trial court decision.

  The Federal Government has created numerous federal employment laws that apply to most employers, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, or religion), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Most of these laws are enforced by federal agencies who investigate alleged violations, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), etc. The firm is experienced in representing management clients in all federal forums relating to numerous federal employment laws.

  Texas has its share of employment-related laws that apply to most employers, including laws that relate to unemployment compensation, payment of wages, employment agreements, workers’ compensation retaliation, and discrimination (similar to the federal prohibitions). In addition, Texas common law creates several legal theories on which employees can sue employers such as exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine, invasion of privacy, and negligent hiring or retention. We are knowledgeable and experienced in defending such actions on every level that may arise.


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