EEOC v. Dolgencorp: Sweet Victory for an Employee with Diabetes

Sixth Circuit upholds the jury verdict against a company who fired a worker for treating her diabetes. Lots of folks work hard, but arguably, folks with disabilities have to work even harder. Consider individuals with diabetes. It is one thing to get through your shift, and it is a whole other thing to survive a [Read more]

Uber’s HR Chief Hits the Road

When you are sufficiently high up in the corporate structure you get to say you “resigned,” even when it sure seems like you got fired. And so it goes for Uber’s Chief People Officer, Liane Hornsey. Ms. Hornsey stepped down in the wake of anonymous complaints that she was systematically ignoring internal complaints of racial [Read more]

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]

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]

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]