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Houston N.O.W. Invites Margie Harris as Guest Speaker

The Houston Area branch of the National Organization of Women kindly invited Butler & Harris Partner, Margaret Harris, to speak at the group’s March meeting. She accepted!   NOW is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots [Read more]

Sad But True: Sexual Harassment is Easier With Fewer Women in the Workplace

  As of 2006, women constituted less than 3%  of the firefighting force in Houston. In 2009, two Houston female firefighters held a press conference about the hateful messages they describe finding on the walls of their fire station and sexual harassment in various forms that had been going on for months. The allegations included [Read more]

Super Lawyers 2017

Seasons change but some things stay the same. From 2003 to 2017, 15 years straight, Katherine Butler and Margaret Harris have been named “Super Lawyers.” Super Lawyers is a rating service that is as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. The goal is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing [Read more]

Dreamers are the Best of America

Butler & Harris is proud to support NELA’s Statement On The Trump Administration’s Decision To Rescind DACA: The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) condemns the Trump administration’s unjust and cruel decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision will harm more than 800,000 young adults, tear families apart, and damage [Read more]

Summer School

Perhaps you heard something in the air earlier this summer. A murmur in the wind. A grumble in the distance. That was the sound of employment lawyers getting smarter and it came from San Antonio. The Alamo City hosted two Employment Law Conferences this Summer. Butler & Harris was proud to attend and contribute to [Read more]

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]