We provide aggressive, yet cost-effective, defense against employment-related claims in both state and federal courts. We have extensive experience representing employers in investigations and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the EEOC, the Texas Commission on Human Rights and the Texas Workforce Commission.
Our experienced team reviews and revises existing policies and procedures or helps to create a new employee handbook from scratch. Then we help our clients manage and effectively implement the policies, ensuring that they become part of the routine business practices.
We regularly represent clients in investigations and litigation over employment, non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality, severance agreements, and theft of trade secrets, including the time-sensitive injunctions and restraining orders that often are important parts of these disputes. We defend the interests of employers on either side of a controversy — seeking enjoining former employees from doing harm or freeing new employees from unreasonable restraint.
We counsel clients on matters including the following:
- Employment discrimination
- Harassment and retaliation
- Retaliation and wrongful discharge
- Title VII, ADA and FMLA compliance
- Severance arrangements and employment contracts
- Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
- Plant closings and mass layoffs
- Wage and hour issues
- Workplace privacy (including drug, alcohol and disease testing)
We also frequently represent companies and executives in connection with employment, consulting and severance agreements. Our lawyers design change of control agreements, deferred compensation plans, incentive compensation plans, supplemental executive retirement plans, and excess benefit plans.