Employment Law Defense

Members of the firm are experienced in defending claims and lawsuits brought against businesses and employers. In today’s litigation climate, virtually all businesses or entities will at one time or another encounter claims and suits by current or former employees, or other individuals alleging violations of ever changing state and federal statutes. The attorneys at Williams, McClure & Parmelee have experience defending these types of claims in federal and state court, as well as before administrative agencies. We also have experience in arbitrating these types of matters before the American Arbitration Association.

We assist human resource professionals and businesses in minimizing the risks of harassment and retaliation claims and other labor law violation claims. We are experienced at analyzing company handbooks, policies and job descriptions, as well as assisting in the formulation of strategy for growth, change, or dispute resolution. We also understand the importance of managing litigation and costs in an understandable way. We are experienced at discreetly investigating complex allegations in the work place and conducting legal investigations. We perform investigations of allegations of fraud, wrongful retaliation, employee theft, discrimination, financial irregularities, ethical violations, harassment and whistle blower claims.

The firm works closely with employers and human resources departments in connection with discrimination and harassment claims, EEOC claims, and other employment related matters, including nonsubscriber defense.

We defend claims involving allegations of age discrimination, gender discrimination, race discrimination, national origin discrimination, religious discrimination or failure to provide a religious accommodation, pregnancy discrimination, disability discrimination or failure to reasonably accommodate a disability.

We handle claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Texas Labor Code, including claims brought for wrongful retaliation for filing a workers compensation claim under Section 451.001 of the Texas Labor Code.

We have defended wage claims and actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state compensation laws, ERISA claims for benefits and for breach of fiduciary duty, claims arising under leave of absence statutes, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, breach of employment contract lawsuits, including noncompetition agreements, employment tort litigation such as claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, fraud, defamation and negligent hiring.

We have an efficient and cost-effective approach to working with in-house counsel so that employers can rely on receiving consistent, high-quality representation. We tailor our approach to each client’s needs and priorities.

We are also extremely well versed in the current law relating to the enforceability of Non-Competes, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements. We are seeing more and more questions arise relating to Non-Competition Agreements, owing in part to the dramatic changes in the law, which have recently taken place in the courts of Texas. We can help you enforce, or attempt to avoid the effects of a Covenant Not to Compete or other related restrictive agreements.