Labor & Employment

The firm’s labor and employment practice complements the immigration services provided to our clientele. Employers in manufacturing, agriculture, food processing and other labor-intensive industries are often faced with a myriad of employment laws that regulate the workplace.  The firm’s labor and employment practice is managed by an attorney who is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Employment services are typically retained by U.S. employers, multinational corporations, and small businesses who need to resolve personnel issues, defend against employee lawsuits, conduct workplace investigations, and resolve compensation issues.  Whether your company is being audited by the Department of Labor in regard to wage and hour violations or you have been sued for discrimination, our legal professionals are on hand to provide quality legal representation for a wide range of labor and employment issues, such as:

  • Wrongful Termination
  • Reductions in Force
  • Unemployment Claims
  • Harassment and Discrimination
  • Policies and Handbooks
  • Leave of Absences
  • Occupational Safety
  • Wage and Hour Issues
  • Expatriation of Employees Abroad
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Employment Litigation
  • Administrative Claims
  • Government Audits
  • Workers Compensation Discrimination
  • Merger and Acquisition Due Diligence
  • Employment Contract

Our typical services including providing advice to clients in regard to leaves of absences, discipline and compliance issues, wage and hour classification, training on HR topics to management and preparation of a severance agreement, non-compete agreement or other employment contract.  When claims become unavoidable, our firm has the capability to defend employers from administrative, state and federal claims in court.  The following matters illustrate some of the Firm’s labor and employment work:

  • Successfully represented ranching company to obtain dismissal of Department of Labor wage and hour investigation.
  • Litigated largest whistleblower claim before OSHA on behalf of terminated boat captain under the Seamen’s Protection Act.
  • Defended Hawaii farmer in one of the largest employment discrimination cases to date which was brought by EEOC on behalf of hundreds of Thai workers.
  • Represented construction employer to cancel order of back taxes filed by the Texas Workforce Commission based on allegations that the company misclassified its construction workers as independent contractors.
  • Represented steel company and its automation vendor to resolve claims of employee discrimination under Title VII.
  • Aggressively advocated on behalf of Fitness Instructor to defeat threatened litigation based on illegality of non-compete agreement.
  • Litigated numerous federal court claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and Title VII.
  • Representation of employers during numerous Department of Labor visa program audits. Government inspections relating to H-2A, H-2B and various visa programs have become a substantial regulatory concern for employers who rely upon foreign labor. The labor and employment services offered by Deason Law provide a particular focus on helping employers to resolve visa program violations.