Cotten Schmidt, L.L.P.’s employment practice and employment litigation experience is varied and involves representation of chemical and energy companies, transportation and industrial manufacturing companies, a variety of health-care industry clients, food manufacturing and vending companies, a sporting goods company, numerous local businesses and company executives from these same industries.
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In the employment arena, a sampling of our experience includes:
EEOC compliance and employee/management training
EEOC charges and position statements, site investigations, and mediation
Department of Labor wage & hour and FMLA investigations and audits
Preparation and implementation of employment policies, practices, and handbooks
ADA & ADEA compliance
FMLA administration and compliance
Employment, severance, and waiver agreements
Employee Handbook preparation and updates
Reductions in force and WARN compliance
Negotiation and preparation of management contracts and benefits packages
Compelling, avoiding, and drafting arbitration agreements
Discrimination & harassment investigations, documentation & policy development
Preparation, defense, and prosecution of confidentiality, trade secret, and non-compete agreements, including defense and prosecution of injunctions and restraining orders
COBRA & HIPAA compliance
Evaluation of employment implications in relation to business mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
Wage and hour administration and claims and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance
Unemployment insurance compensation claims and appeals
Workers’ compensation insurance set-up, administration, and coverage issues
Federal tax issues in the employment context
With respect to claims and lawsuits, attorneys with the firm have defended age, gender, disability, race, and workers’ compensation discrimination and harassment, hostile work environment, FLSA wage and hour, whistle-blower, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract claims in both federal and state courts as well as in administrative tribunals. We have practiced in state and federal courts throughout Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the United States. As a result, we are acquainted with much of our states’ judiciary and court personnel. Relationships with local counsel throughout the states and country help us when necessary in remote areas of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, or other parts of the country.
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