Harrassment Update

Margie Harris recently spoke at the 26th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, September 18-19, 2015, an annual conference presented by the State Bar of Texas Labor & Employment Section. She presented on the topic keystonegate of “Unlawful Harassment,” updating lawyers 600-199 from around the state about recent cheap windows 10 key decisions by federal [Read more]

Kathy Butler on Why She Advocates: “Let’s break down more walls”

  Kathy is featured in the September 2015 issue of Diabetes Forecast, a publication of the American Diabetes Association. The article is titled, “Advocates Fight for Fair Treatment and Diabetes Research Funding.” In highlighting her accomplishments representing individuals with diabetes who seek equal treatment in the workforce, the feature also reveals Kathy’s passion for helping [Read more]

“An Aggressive Campaign” to Restore Workplace Protections

An article in the New York Times tracks the federal government’s recent efforts to provide additional legal protections to employees in this changing economy, including an expansion of the category of employees who are eligible for overtime. As the U.S. Department of Labor explains, the problem is that workers are being labeled as “independent contractors,” [Read more]

Retaliatory Supervisor + Innocent Decider = Liability

  Employees who stand up against discrimination, or who blow the whistle on other misconduct, often suffer retaliation. If a supervisor personally retaliates against a whistleblower by firing or punishing them, that’s one thing. But what happens when someone farther up the chain makes the official decision to punish? Someone without an established motive to [Read more]

How a Landmark Civil Rights Law Has Protected People with Diabetes for 25 Years

In 25 years of existence, the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA), has opened a lot of doors in our nation’s workplaces. In recognition of the 25-year anniversary, our own Kathy Butler, along with Katie Hathaway, the Managing Director of Legal Advocacy for the American Diabetes Association, wrote the following post which appeared on the [Read more]

Married on Sunday, Fired on Monday?

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court delivered its landmark decision, Obergefell v Hodges, recognizing the constitutional right of men and women to marry, regardless of the spouse’s gender. But, does this decision protect these newlyweds from discrimination at work because of their sexual orientation? Or will they be married on Sunday only to be [Read more]

Rights of Houston Students with Diabetes

One of Kathy’s volunteer hats is advocacy for people with diabetes. She currently chairs the national Legal Advocacy Sub-Committee of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In that role, she spoke last week at a gathering of Houston parents whose children have diabetes. The topic was the rights of children with diabetes in schools. The ADA [Read more]

Kathy and Margie Speak at National Conference

Kathy and Margie were honored to be selected to speak and present papers at this year’s annual conference for the National Employment Lawyer’s Association (NELA). Hundreds of employment lawyers from across the country gathered in Atlanta to learn from one another and celebrate another year of advancing the cause of workplace rights. Out of 85 [Read more]