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]

2018 Super Lawyers: Kathy Butler and Margie Harris

Some things happen every year. Birds fly south in winter, taxes are due in April, and sometime before the end of football season the Houston Texans get eliminated from Super Bowl contention. Another thing that happens every year, or at least the last 15 years straight, is that Super Lawyer Magazine names Katherine Butler and [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]

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]

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, 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]

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]

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]