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Paul Harris is a Texas Rising Star

Super Lawyers magazine has named Paul Harris as a Texas Rising Star for 2017! Paul was recognized for his work in the field of Employment Law. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers selects [Read more]

Laid-Off TV Video Editor Can Air Disability Claims for Jury

Here is a news article about the firm’s recent appellate victory in Caldwel v. KHOU-TV. The article appeared on bna.com, and it re-printed here with permission from the author, Patrick Dorrian   A laid-off video editor at a Houston TV station who had bone cancer as a child can pursue claims that he was let [Read more]

Not Safe for Work?

Selling Pornos at Work Might Not be Fatal to Employee’s Claim of Retaliation You might think that firing an employee for selling pornographic DVDs at work is a pretty air-tight, legal reason to fire someone. But think again. It is all well and good to have workplace rules and standards. But when those rules and [Read more]

Fifth Circuit Victory!

Butler & Harris is proud to announce a recent victory in an appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is Gerald Caldwell versus KHOU-TV and Gannett Company. A federal district court in Houston dismissed the case before it could go before a jury, but the Fifth Circuit reversed that ruling and restored [Read more]

Judge Allows Jury to Resolve a Dispute: Pesce vs. NYPD

Sounds simple, right? Lawsuits start because two parties are in a dispute. That is the whole point. No one goes around suing somebody they agree with. That is why we have juries: to settle disputes and decide who is more likely telling the truth. But remarkably, many, many employment cases get thrown out of court [Read more]

Accommodating Pregnant Workers

Pregnancy is rough. There is this creature growing bigger and bigger in your body and it makes you tired, uncomfortable, and nauseous. And that is the best-case scenario. Many women experience complications that make the process even more difficult and dangerous. On top of all that, pregnant women still have to go out and make [Read more]

Kathy Butler at the 25th Annual Advanced Employment Law Course

If a seminar is about Advanced Employment Law topics, it is not surprising when Katherine Butler is one of the speakers. Last month, the State Bar of Texas held its 25th Annual seminar on Advanced Employment Law up in Dallas. Kathy presented her paper, a 2016 Year in Review for federal employment law cases. The [Read more]

Payday Everyday?

Getting paid is one of the best parts of work (aside from having great co-workers and clients). And it is certainly the most important part to other people in our lives, like friendly landlords, banks, and daycare centers. When we get paid, they get paid too. So if getting paid is so important, why do [Read more]

Judge Sentences Veteran, Then Serves it With Him

Judges administer justice every day but Judge Lou Olivera chooses to administer compassion and empathy as well. Judge Olivera serves on the bench in Cumberland County, Virginia. He presides over a special Veterans’ Court Program that aims to keep veterans out of jail and instead helps them to help themselves. When it came time to [Read more]