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Risk prevention is of paramount importance for employers. Every associated service we provide in the labor and employment space revolves around this philosophy. We strive to develop training programs to educate clients and their employees around employment-related risk. But as many clients come to us in a place somewhere beyond the pure “prevention” stage, we are also well versed in handling everything from drafting employment agreements and assisting with investigations to helping employers better understand employee designations and litigating breach of noncompetition agreements.

Texas Workforce Commission Wage, Unemployment Matters & Employment-Related Investigations

Our deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities placed on employers under the Texas Payday Law allows us to help clients successfully prevent and defend against employee wage claims. We also understand the wide range of employment issues clients face in general and assist with internal investigations to address everything from alleged discrimination to employee misconduct.

Employment Disputes & Litigation

Clients who involve Strasburger at an early stage of a dispute position themselves to get all the facts, to make reasoned assessments, and to affect any necessary remedial measures before claims ripen into lawsuits.  We consider creative solutions to disputes long before climbing the courthouse steps. Pre-suit mediation is just one low cost, non-binding approach to crafting "win-win scenarios" to resolve a dispute.  When litigation become inevitable, Strasburger labor and employment have a track record that gives its clients confidence and credibility.

Labor-Management Relations

Labor unions are redoubling efforts to unionize Texas companies. Strasburger exclusively represents management in labor-employment relations. Our lawyers assist management in union avoidance strategies, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, employee grievances, and charges of unfair labor practices.

The firm’s practice unit leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities.  To learn more about this practice area, please contact kim.moore@strasburger.com.

 
Labor & Employment
OVERVIEW
Risk prevention is of paramount importance for employers. Every associated service we provide in the labor and employment space revolves around this philosophy. We strive to develop training programs to educate clients and their employees around employment-related risk. But as many clients come to us in a place somewhere beyond the pure “prevention” stage, we are also well versed in handling everything from drafting employment agreements and assisting with investigations to helping employers better understand employee designations and litigating breach of noncompetition agreements.

Texas Workforce Commission Wage, Unemployment Matters & Employment-Related Investigations

Our deep understanding of the rights and responsibilities placed on employers under the Texas Payday Law allows us to help clients successfully prevent and defend against employee wage claims. We also understand the wide range of employment issues clients face in general and assist with internal investigations to address everything from alleged discrimination to employee misconduct.

Employment Disputes & Litigation

Clients who involve Strasburger at an early stage of a dispute position themselves to get all the facts, to make reasoned assessments, and to affect any necessary remedial measures before claims ripen into lawsuits.  We consider creative solutions to disputes long before climbing the courthouse steps. Pre-suit mediation is just one low cost, non-binding approach to crafting "win-win scenarios" to resolve a dispute.  When litigation become inevitable, Strasburger labor and employment have a track record that gives its clients confidence and credibility.

Labor-Management Relations

Labor unions are redoubling efforts to unionize Texas companies. Strasburger exclusively represents management in labor-employment relations. Our lawyers assist management in union avoidance strategies, union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, employee grievances, and charges of unfair labor practices.

The firm’s practice unit leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities.  To learn more about this practice area, please contact kim.moore@strasburger.com.

 

EXPERIENCE
Representative matters handled by Strasburger’s labor and employment attorneys include the following:
  • Defense jury verdict on behalf of international telecommunications company arising from sexual harassment claim.
  • Defense judgment on behalf of a national hospital company in jury trial involving claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
  • Defense judgment on the affirmative defense of failure to mitigate in an age discrimination case brought by a terminated warehouse supervisor.
  • Defense jury verdict on behalf of a community college district arising from sexual harassment and national origin claims brought by two former employees of the campus security department.
  • Defense judgment in "bet the company" test case brought by the Department of Labor contesting independent contractor status of couriers.
  • Summary judgment for a health care company employer in case alleging retaliation for filing worker's compensation claim.
  • Dismissal of class action involving approximately 60,000 employees of a national hospital company.
  • Summary judgment in a three plaintiff race discrimination case brought by a former center director for a national childcare company.
  • Summary judgment in a sexual harassment case brought by the E.E.O.C. on behalf of several employees against their supervising doctor and employer.

DISTINCTIONS
A number of our attorneys are Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. They include Francine W. Breckenridge, Tiffany G. Hildreth, Kimberly S. Moore, Paul L. Myers, Monica Velazquez, and Jana Woelfel.

The firm's labor and employment practice provides newsletters, seminars, and a Speakers Bureau (single issue presentations) to clients. We have also pioneered the development of training programs. For example, at the request of the Dallas County Community College District, one of Strasburger's labor and employment partners developed self-contained training programs on discrimination, sexual harassment, and the Family Medical Leave Act to enable the District's human resources personnel to conduct in-house training on an ongoing basis. Training our clients to train their administrators and supervisors is a key component of our commitment to risk prevention.

 

BLOG
Strasburger's  labor and employment attorneys oversee and write The Employment Law Blog and The Noncompete Blog.