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Discrimination & Retaliation

V&E’s employment lawyers have provided thoughtful advice and aggressive advocacy in the defense of claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment for decades. V&E is particularly well equipped to assist employers in navigating and, if necessary, defending sensitive, complex, or other high-stakes cases involving such claims.

Our experience is founded on frequent representation of employers in a wide range of employment discrimination and retaliation matters involving claims based on race, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, and sexual harassment arising under federal and state statutes. Our record is distinguished by frequent dismissals before trial and favorable jury verdicts for employers in trials where employees had asserted claims under Title VII, Section 1981, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and under various states workers’ compensation retaliation statutes.

Additionally, as the landscape of whistleblower protection legislation has become increasingly complex, with growing numbers of federal and state laws drafted or amended to include whistleblower protection provisions, the Employment, Labor & OSHA (ELO) practice group has established itself as a leader in assisting employers in a wide array of industries in investigating, managing, and defending retaliation claims filed by whistleblowers in federal and state courts, in arbitration, and before the U.S. Department of Labor.

Experience Highlights

  • (Harris County, Tex.) — Obtained complete summary judgment on behalf of independent oil and gas company sued by former manager asserting claims of sex discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation

  • Obtained summary judgment on all aspects of age discrimination, promissory estoppel, and misrepresentation claims in arbitration brought by a former employee of an international well services company

  • (S.D. Tex.) — Obtained summary judgment on all aspects of Americans with Disabilities Act discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claim brought by a staffing services employee against a national manufacturer

  • (S.D. Tex.); (5th Cir.) — Principal counsel in a race discrimination suit brought by multiple plaintiffs alleging systemic race discrimination in pay and promotion practices. Obtained summary judgment on all claims and successfully defended judgment in the Fifth Circuit

  • Principal counsel for a national consumer goods company in defense of a race discrimination suit brought by a large group of former employees alleging systemic race discrimination in job assignment, promotions, and work environment

  • Represented a leading global accounting firm during an EEOC investigation which resulted in a “no cause” finding and dismissal of all charges

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris County) — Defended a national security company in a jury trial against former employee’s claims of national origin discrimination and retaliation

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