- Employment Litigation
- Unions and Traditional Labor Law
- Complex Wage and Hour Litigation
- Employment Counseling and Training
- Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets Litigation
- Management of International Employment Litigation and Employee Issues
- Employment Arbitration Programs
- Employment Contracts and Executive Compensation Matters
- Employee Benefits Litigation
We defend employers facing claims of sex, race, age, disability, national origin, and religious discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliation; torts such as defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, and conspiracy, among others; and claims arising under employment-related statutes such as federal and state whistleblowing laws, the military leave act (USERRA), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
We practice in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before numerous state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Unions and Traditional Labor Law
We advise clients seeking to prevent union campaigns or those who are facing a union campaign and representation election. We also represent employers in collective bargaining with incumbent unions; in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and National Mediation Board; and in labor arbitrations involving employee discipline and terminations and contract interpretation.
Complex Wage and Hour Litigation
We defend employers facing class or collective action lawsuits arising under state and federal wage and hour laws. We also assist employers in properly classifying employees.
Employment Counseling and Training
Many clients call on us to develop and implement employment policies and handbooks; consult on employment actions such as hiring, discipline, and termination of employment; comply with complex employment laws such as leave and disabilities laws; assist with I-9 compliance; and to represent them in unemployment or payday law hearings. We also provide training on a broad range of workplace topics, including sexual harassment prevention, managing the injured employee, employee leave laws, and union prevention.
Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets Litigation
We represent clients who wish to protect valuable trade secrets and confidential information by drafting enforceable agreements and litigating non-competition disputes, as well as other claims related to employees’ duties of loyalty and confidentiality. We also counsel employers regarding the enforceability of existing non-competition agreements.
Management of International Employment Litigation and Employee Issues
Our lawyers advise clients engaged in or exploring the potential for business in Latin America, Europe, West Africa, and other regions regarding employee issues. We also manage employment litigation that arises in these countries and act as a liaison with local counsel so that they handle matters expeditiously and with our clients’ interests always in mind.
Employment Arbitration Programs
We have substantial experience in developing and enforcing employment arbitration agreements and programs. We routinely litigate claims in arbitration under these programs.
Employment Contracts and Executive Compensation Matters
We represent companies or executives regarding compensation, severance pay, stock options, and non-competition issues. We draft executive employment and severance agreements and litigate issues arising out of them.
Employee Benefits Litigation
We defend employers and plans in denial of benefits disputes and other claims arising out of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.