Labor and Employment Litigation

 

Hughes Watters Askanase represents companies and institutions in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts. From day one, employers should take the necessary steps to protect their business. We work closely with our clients to provide day-to-day advice on employment law matters and a wide variety of business and contractual issues. We have the familiarity to create or review Internal Employment Policies and Procedures Including Employee Handbooks, as well employment contracts and non-competition agreements. Additionally, we have the knowledge and capability to provide specialized training for employees, supervisors and human resource professionals.

With over 35 years of experience in jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations, our attorneys have represented clients in handling employment litigation matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Americans with Disabilities Act, The Equal Pay Act, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Texas Labor Code, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Counseling and Training

Our clients depend on us to counsel them on various employment law matters, including drafting employment policies and handbooks and conducting workplace investigations. We provide extensive training on the most up-to-date employment discrimination laws, as well as perform internal audits to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. We work together with our clients to prevent costly litigation.

Employment Discrimination Litigation

Our legal team has extensive experience successfully representing clients in cases before jury and non-jury trials. We represent clients before administrative agencies, including The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission.

We also represent management in all areas of labor and employment law, including matters involving:

  • Age discrimination
  • Race discrimination
  • Gender discrimination
  • National origin discrimination
  • Religious discrimination
  • Disability discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and
  • Workers' compensation retaliation claims.

Employment Contracts and Non-Competition Agreements

Our attorneys stay current on the state of the law with regard to non-competition agreements. We have experience with negotiating, drafting and litigating non-competition agreements, employment contracts, and separation and release agreements.

Wage and Hour Disputes

Allegations involving improper wage practices can impact employers significantly. We handle employee classification issues to ensure compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), defend Department of Labor audits, and vigorously represent our clients in wage and hour lawsuits. We also have the capability to advise clients on various issues including Form I-9 compliance.