An Experienced Employment Law Firm Located in Houston, Texas with National Exposure. When the employment law attorneys at the Houston, Texas law firm of SLS make a commitment to handle your employment law case, they work hard to obtain the best outcome for you. We select our cases carefully, so we can assure that each client will receive our best efforts. Contact our employment law firm for an initial consultation on your potential employment law case. Whether you are in Houston, Texas or anywhere else, we welcome the opportunity to provide advice you need to get on with your life.
We provide counsel for workers who have suffered from race, disability, national origin, religious, gender, or age discrimination. We advocate for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment on the job, who have been retaliated against in violation of any whistleblower act, or who have suffered reprisal for engaging in free speech. We handle cases against private and public employers -- from the initial consultation to federal or state lawsuits, if necessary. We make every effort to ensure that our clients receive fair compensation for any employment-related injustices they have endured.
Executive Compensation and Severance Packages
We are proud of the range of professional services we offer our clients. We assist high-level employees with negotiations or legal actions related to executive compensation and severance packages, dealing with such matters as COBRA and retirement benefits, stock options, insurance issues, and golden parachutes. We can help craft or review separation agreements and deferred compensation plans. We see to it that our clients are not shortchanged in terms of profit sharing, stock options, health care benefits, or pensions. Whether you are leaving a company due to a merger, lay off, change-in-control, termination, or resignation, we can help.
Administrative Hearings, Lawsuits
When conflicts arise or complaints need to be filed, we are experienced at handling administrative hearings for employees or employers before government agencies. These may include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Commission on Human Rights, the Civil Service Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, or the Texas Workforce Commission. When negotiations or administrative actions cannot resolve an issue, we file lawsuits in state and federal courts, including all Texas state courts, United States district courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. We have won many significant successes for our clients, including a $1.3 million whistleblower verdict against the city of Houston ... believed to be the largest such verdict against this city to date.
Employment Law Attorneys
The attorneys at the employment law firm of Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin focus their law practice on civil litigation covering many areas of employment law. Martin A. Shellist and Mark Lazarz founded the firm in 1994 and now share responsibilities with seven additional attorneys. Todd Slobin, Alfred Southerland, Daryl J. Sinkule and Bob Debes are partners. Sidd Rao, Ricardo Prieto and Dorian Vandenberg-Rodes are associates. They represent employees and employers through negotiations, before administrative agencies, and in state and federal courts. Contact SLS for an initial consultation on your employment law matter.
I am a trial lawyer dedicated to helping executives and others protect their rights.
You worked hard for your position, salary, and benefits (stock, health insurance, etc.), and I'll work just as hard to protect them. Since 1994, our Firm has negotiated thousands of settlements, including severance packages, for executives, "c"-level officers, senior-level management, and others. You will want a seasoned trial lawyer handling your negotiations from the beginning so that you are fully protected in the event you find yourself in litigation -- which is typically an avenue of last resort. You will also want an attorney undaunted by the people trampling your rights. I have taken the depositions of CEOs, judges, mayors, police chiefs, company owners, chairmen of boards of directors, and others who oftentimes act like they are above the law. This experience is a reality check for many when they are called to task under oath and the truth is exposed. Since graduating from South Texas College of Law in 1993, I'd say that, other than negotiating settlements, the cross examination of witnesses (at trial and at deposition) is my favorite thing to do.
Of equal import, our Firm has a great reputation among employment defense lawyers in Texas and across the United States.
We have worked hard since establishing the Firm in 1994 to earn and protect our good name, so we know what's at stake when your employer attempts to take yours from you. Although some of our case successes are listed on this web site, feel free to call me to discuss our Firm's specific experience handling cases involving issues such as yours. For example, just recently I won a $3.2 million sexual harassment verdict against a former judge. For that victory, I was named "Litigator of the Week" by Texas Lawyer. I also have the honor of having handled a whistleblower lawsuit involving the City of Houston, Texas, which resulted in what I believe is the largest such jury verdict against the City. My client, Sam Levingston, was awarded in excess of $1.2 million, plus attorney's fees. I have also successfully handled multi-state class action claims against Starbucks and Brinker International. These are not meant to be fully inclusive, nor as guarantees of success, but are a reflection of the commitment I make to each case I accept. Whether your issue involves Sarbanes-Oxley, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, state-enacted whistleblower laws, discrimination, breach of employment contracts, or wage violations (including class actions), I will dedicate the Firm's resources to protect your rights.
Although I was born in Chicago, the fine State of Texas has been my home since 1977.
I am licensed to practice law in Texas, and in other federal jurisdictions. If a case involves people or issues in other states, we'll travel or retain local counsel to ensure we are on a level playing field. No matter what you decide, I want you to find counsel with whom you fit. You should select a law firm with deep, relevant experience. Please call or email me so that we can explore whether Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin, can be of assistance.
Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Employment Law - Employee/Employer, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Professional Malpractice Law.
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation.
Texas, 1988; U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1989; U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court Western District of Texas; U.S. Supreme Court.
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1988 J.D.; Honors: With Honors, Honors: Order of Lytae; Law Review: South Texas Law Review, Member, 1987 - 1988; Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, 1985 B.A.; Honors: Magna Cum Laudel; Honors: Dean's List (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985).
Baker Hughes; Sonitrol, Inc.
Sexual Harassment Training, River Oaks Imaging, 2000 - 2001.
Honors and Awards
Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1988. Alpha Chi.
I am Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Since 1998, I have exclusively handled employment law cases. I have dedicated my practice to representing individuals with a focus on executive level employees. I spend the majority of my practice negotiating Executive Agreements, Severance Agreements, and Employment Contracts. When I am not on the phone or in meetings negotiating on behalf of my clients, I spend my time in federal and state courts, as some issues cannot be resolved and litigation is necessary. It is my job as a counselor and attorney to represent my clients diligently, earnestly, and with utmost integrity. I take personal gratification is developing strong relationships with my clients as I view every engagement as a partnership.
Regarding my skills, I am a former Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Houston Bar Association (2007-2008).
I am a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Houston Bar Association. I am also a Labor & Employment Law Exam Commission Member (this committee designs and grades the Labor & Employment Law Board Certification exam). Since 2005, I have continually received the honor of being named a Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Texas Monthly Magazine, and I have received the honor of Top Lawyer from H Texas magazine.
I am admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of the United States of America
the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, and the Western District of Texas, and all Texas state courts.
In addition to handling executive cases
I handle cases under various state and federal laws, including Title VII and Title IX cases, the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA"). In addition, I have handled several national collective action cases under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").
My firm and its reputation are important to me.
If you are considering using my firm, please contact attorneys at any of the large defense firms in Houston to confirm my qualifications. If you have questions or are in need of legal advice, please call or email me so that we can explore whether Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin can assist you.
Alfred Southerland's practice focuses on labor and employment-related litigation before state
and federal courts and agencies, including claims involving equal employment opportunity laws, unfair labor practices, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation, wrongful discharge, state law tort and contract claims, occupational safety and health matters, and immigration. He also counsels clients regarding developments in the areas of counseling and discharge issues, executive compensation, workers' compensation, family and medical leave, wrongful discharge, restrictive employment covenants, and compliance with the immigration laws.
Mr. Southerland's experience includes the design and development of personnel policies
and management counseling that is designed to help minimize exposure to costly litigation and disputes.
Mr. Southerland frequently speaks at employment related seminars
is an associate editor of the Texas Employment Law Handbook, is the co-author of Federal Employment Jury Instructions, is chapter editor of Employment Law Desk book for Human Resources Professional, is a contributor to The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2006-2011 Supplements, and has published several articles on labor and employment issues.
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Areas of Practice
Employment Law, Immigration, Traditional Labor Relations, Employee Benefit Issues.
Labor and Employment Law, Board Certified, State Bar of Texas.
Texas, Georgia, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma.
University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1986 J.D.; Honors: With Honors. University of Tennessee, 1983 B.A.; Honors: With High Honors.
Associate Editor, Texas Employment Law Handbook; Co- Author, Federal Employment Jury Instructions; Chapter- Editor, Employment Law Desk book for Human Resources Professional; Contributor, The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2006-2011 Supplements.
Honors and Awards
Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2012; Superlawyers.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Texas Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections; Georgia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections; Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections; American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections; American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Equal Employment Opportunity Committee; Houston Management Lawyers Forum; American Employment Law Council; Associated General Contractors of America, Inc, Houston Chapter; Employment Practices Committee; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; Greater Houston Chapter, Chapter Counsel. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; Greater Houston Chapter. Member, Industrial, Commercial, Legal Affairs and PAC Committees.
Daryl J. Sinkule is a Partner at Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin.
Mr. Sinkule is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and focuses his law practice on employment law civil litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative proceedings. Mr. Sinkule has handled a number of cases-across the State of Texas and the nation-involving wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act, successfully representing numerous employees against their current and/or former employers in recovering unpaid wages and overtime wages. Mr. Sinkule also represents clients in matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other employment-related federal and state statutes. Additionally, Mr. Sinkule represents individuals and executives in negotiating employment contracts, and severance agreements, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission.
A graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Houston Law Center
Mr. Sinkule is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and all Texas state courts. Mr. Sinkule is an active member of professional organizations, including the Houston Bar Association, the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and both the Houston and national chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Between 2009 and 2012, Mr. Sinkule served on the Labor & Employment Law Section Council of the Houston Bar Association, where he co-chaired the Section's Scholarships/Grants Committee. Mr. Sinkule also formerly served on the Lawyers Against Waste Committee of the Houston Bar Association. In 2009, Mr. Sinkule was named a "Professional on the Fast Track" by H Texas magazine, and in 2013, H Texas magazine named Mr. Sinkule one of "Houston's Top Lawyers." Moreover, each year between 2006 and 2013, Mr. Sinkule has received the honor of being named a Texas Rising Star® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Texas Monthly magazine, and in 2013, Mr. Sinkule was named a Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics and the publishers of Texas Monthly magazine.
Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Texas, 2002; U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2003; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2003; U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas.
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas J.D.; Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas B.A.; Major: Sociology.
Employment Contract Seminar, Memorial Family Practice Center, Memorial Hermann Hospital, 2004; Wage & Hour Seminar, University of Houston - School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, 2004.
Honors and Awards
Texas Rising Star, Magazines Law & Politics and Texas Monthly, 2006.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Houston Bar Association, 2002 - Present Member; Houston Bar Association - Labor & Employment Law Section, 2003 - Present Member; Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2002 - Present Member; State Bar of Texas - Labor & Employment Law Section, 2002 - Present Member; American Bar Association, 2003 - Present Member; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2004 - Present Member; National Employment Lawyers Association.
I have been practicing law for more than 25 years.
In those years, the practice of law has changed dramatically. And so has America's workforce. Job stability is far from that. But the community's need for consistent, dedicated legal advice has stayed the same. I pride myself on giving my clients a thoughtful analysis of their situation, a seasoned evaluation of their rights and remedies, and a tailored plan of action. But mostly, I pride myself on communication. I strive to explain every aspect of my client's legal concerns--good or bad--so that together we can chart the proper and most efficient course to achieve your purpose.
I have considerable experience handling all types of employment disputes
including minimum and overtime wage disputes, tip pool violations, breach of contract claims, and claims of wrongful termination/discrimination. I also help to negotiate executive compensation plans for professionals wanting to accept a new position, as well as severance agreements for those seeking to leave their current one. In addition, I have more than 25 years of experience representing clients and their families seeking to recover damages as a result of injuries sustained due to the wrongful conduct of others, including personal injury claims, medical malpractice claims, prescription errors, and other acts of neglect.
I enjoy the practice of law, and I enjoy helping people recover the money they are owed.
I was born and raised locally (i.e. Houston)--but I represent clients all across the nation.
In addition to my law practice
I frequently lecture at local and national bar conferences and trade associations on issues pertaining to wage and hour violations.
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Areas of Practice
Overtime Wage Claims, Tip Pool Violations, Minimum Wage Claims, Personal Injury-Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents-Plaintiff, Nursing Home.
Texas, 1990; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1990; U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1990; U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1990; U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1990; U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990.
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1989 J.D.; Honors: Order of the Lytae; Honors: Board of Advocates; Law Review: South Texas Law Review Baylor University, 1986 B.A.
Falcon v. Starbucks Corp., (denial of defendant' motion to decertify national off the clock overtime wage case), 580 F. Supp. 2d 528 (S.D. Tex. 2008). Young v. Seahorse Venture IV, LLC, (judgment against restaurant for tip pool violations), 2009 WL 349774 (N.D. Tex. 2009). Bernal v. Vankar Enterprises, Inc., et al., (conditional certification granted in tip pool case), 2008 WL 791963 (W.D. Tex. 2008). Bernal v. Vankar Enterprises, Inc., et al., (plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment granted in tip pool case), 579 F. Supp. 2d 804 (W.D. Tex. 2008). Chisolm vs. Gravitas Restaurant, Ltd., (plaintiff's summary judgment granted in tip pool case), 2008 WL 838760 (S.D. Tex. 2008). Tullous vs. Texas Aquaculture Processing Co. and Prosource Management Solutions, (staff leasing agency may be joint employer and catfish farm co-op not entitled to agricultural exemption), 579 F. Supp. 2d 811 (S.D. Tex. 2008). Ecotech International, Inc. v. Griggs & Harrison, et al., (attorney not liable for Stower's violations), 928 S.W.2d 644, San Antonio, writ denied (Tex.App. 1996). Dauter-Clouse v. Hirsch, Robinson, Sheiness & Glover, P.C., (no assignment/turnover of legal malpractice claims), 936 S.W.2d 329, Houston [14th Dist.], no writ (Tex.App. 1996).
"FLSA: Woody Woo - 2 years later and other tip pool stuff", National Employment Lawyers Association, Houston Chapter, September 26, 2013.; "Understanding and Litigating the FLSA's Tip Credit and Tip Pooling Rules", Houston Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section Conference, May 14, 2012; "Tip Misappropriation, Minimum Wage & Other Common Service Industry Wage Issues", National Employment Lawyers Association 2011 Fall Seminar, October 21, 2011; Federal False Claims Act: Whistleblower Litigation, Disability and Elder Law Association of the Houston Bar Association, January 12, 1998; Fen-Phen Science and Medicine Conference, Mealey's Publications, Washington, D.C., May 7, 1998.
Honors and Awards
Professional Associations and Memberships
National Employment Lawyers Association Wage and Hour Committee; Texas Employment Lawyers' Association Member; Houston Bar Association Member; Houston Bar Association, 1994 - 1995 Chairman, Homeless Committee; Houston Bar Association, 1990 - 1994 Committee Member; Houston Bar Association, 1990 - 1991 Chairman, Law and Arts Committee.
with a practice focused on unlawful workplace discrimination and retaliation, sexual harassment, employee rights under the Family Medical Leave Act, whistleblower's rights, failures to hire or promote, claims for unpaid wages, including exempt/non-exempt misclassifications, overtime, and minimum wage litigation, and breach of contract and deceptive trade practices.
I represent executives in negotiating employment contracts, consultant agreements, and severance packages.
I represent individuals in Texas Workforce Commission unemployment hearings and assist clients with charges of discrimination and retaliation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). If you feel you are being discriminated against, retaliated against, or denied your rights in the workplace, if you feel you are not being paid correctly, if you have an appeal hearing with the Texas Workforce Commission, if you need help navigating the EEOC process, or if you received your "Right to Sue" and don't know what to do, I am here for you.
I have litigated cases in both State and Federal Court
including a recent victory as the lead attorney for a disabled telemarketer in which I secured a jury verdict in excess of five years' salary for my client. I am just as comfortable negotiating top dollar for your claims prior to litigation as I am arguing for your rights at trial. I will work with you to determine what claims you may have, help you file with the required State and Federal agencies, and represent you in Court to ensure that your rights are vindicated. If you want an attorney who can guide you through all stages of the legal process, I am here for you.
I am active in my legal community
serving as the Treasurer of the Houston chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and as a Council member of the Houston Bar Association - Labor and Employment Section. Prior to joining Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin, I represented clients in commercial and business matters. I have tutored law students in the law of contracts and I am also experienced in corporate compliance matters as well as the Texas deregulated retail electricity market, including consumer complaints and regulatory compliance.
My guiding passion is the righting of wrongs.
I believe that the color of one's skin, the gender of one's birth, one's age, one's disabilities, and one's other immutable characteristics should not define one's ability to be treated fairly in a free society. I believe wholeheartedly in each and every one of my clients and other attorneys know that when I call them about a case, it is because I, personally, believe that injustice was done. I am relentless in the pursuit of truth and it would be my honor to discuss your case with you to see if I can help you as I have helped many others. Please call me at 713-621-2277 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can explore whether Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin can assist you.
I devote my entire practice to employment related issues, including litigation and transactional matters.
I am a strong advocate for my clients, and I am dedicated to protecting, preserving and fighting for their rights both at the negotiating table, and when necessary, in the courtroom. In recognition of these efforts, I was honored to be selected for inclusion on the Texas Super Lawyers' "Rising Star" list in 2014.
I have substantial experience representing employees, including executives, in a wide variety of employment-related matters.
My experience includes litigation in state and federal courts and representing employees before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), and the Department of Labor (DOL). I have successfully first-chaired employment matters to verdict.Additionally, I have extensive experience handling class actions in Texas and throughout the country. My transactional experience includes reviewing, drafting and negotiating employment agreements and other workplace documents.
I represent clients in employment matters arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, and in other state employment law causes of action. A significant portion of my case docket is overtime/wage claims, tip violations, and misclassification cases. People work hard to be compensated fairly and should not be taken advantage of while performing their job.
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Texas, 2008; U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court Western District of Texas; U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas.
Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2007 J.D.; Honors: Dean's List, Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity, Honors: CALI Award in Antitrust Law; Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2002 B.A.; Major: Political Science, Minor: Hispanic Studies.
Honors and Awards
Texas Super Lawyers' "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly 2014.
Professional Associations and Memberships
The State Bar of Texas, National Employment Lawyer's Association.
I practice exclusively employment law and spend the great majority of my time representing employees.
I represent individuals that are being treated unfairly by their employers. I am passionate about working with my clients to tell their compelling stories and fighting for the equal justice owed to them. My focus is on discrimination and retaliation actions under federal and state laws including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and workers' compensation retaliation, as well as overtime and minimum wage actions under the FLSA.
I received my J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center
where I joined the Order of the Barons honors society and served as Associate Editor of the Houston Law Review. I also interned with the National Labor Relations Board, the Harris County District Attorney's Office, and the Texas First and Fourteenth Courts of Appeals. Before law school, I worked as a violinist and performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, and various other local and national performing groups and music festivals. I started working for SLS as a law clerk during my studies at the University of Houston Law Center and joined the firm as an associate after graduation.
Protecting Employees in Texas and Across the Nation
Our passion at the Houston employment law firm of Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin is to represent employees who need advocacy in employment matters.
We have the experience, the energy, and the resources needed to protect employee rights. We also provide consultant services to employers in areas such as sexual harassment prevention and training. Contact us for an initial consultation about your employee rights.
In every employment law case
we apply our experience, knowledge, and skills to achieve timely, satisfactory resolutions. We negotiate with employers, file administrative claims, and undertake lawsuits with the goal of bringing about justice, reform, and compensation for wronged employees.
Employment issues are extremely important in most people's lives.
Getting a job, keeping a job, getting a promotion, or negotiating a severance or retirement package are all significant events for every employee. Losing a job is a very stressful occurrence - with ripple effects impacting all facets of a person's life. Your employment situation directly affects your family, your living situation, and your future plans - including the range of opportunities available to your children.
In addition to handling individual claims, the employment lawyers at Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin also represent groups of people in collective and class actions.
Typically, if one employee in a particular type of job has his or her overtime pay rights violated, it affects more than just the single employee. We have handled collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with national reach and have helped thousands of employees collect hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Employment Lawyers Committed To Employee Rights
If you are involved in an employment dispute, finding an attorney
with extensive trial experience should be your first priority. Our Texas employment law firm offers quality representation to both employees and employers at an affordable cost. We have a depth of experience and knowledge unique for most law firms. Founded in March 1994, our firm is led by attorneys who possess more than 130 years of combined experience representing employees who have been victimized at work, and employers faced with difficult employment-related issues. Employment law is constantly changing, and you need to find employment law attorneys who understand this area of the law. We assist clients who need to file administrative claims with government agencies, or need help with the filing of lawsuits in state and federal courts in Texas and across the country. Our settlement and trial record speaks for itself.
Additionally, our attorneys are members of the National Employment Lawyers Association
and we have contacts across the country in almost every area of employment law. If necessary, we will work with lawyers in other cities as local counsel to ensure that your rights are protected. We have also handled cases for senior-level key employees against international companies located in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East.
We subscribe to accepted standards of excellent employment law practice.
We invite you to contact Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin to schedule a consultation on your employment law matter.
Our practice encompasses all areas of employment law, from the most basic to complex litigation matters. We are a full-service employment law firm, offering everything from single-session reviews of contracts to representation in extensive lawsuits in state and federal courts. Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin represents clients in Texas and across the United States. We offer in-depth counsel and representation in the following employment law areas:
Wages / Overtime Claims
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), employers are required to pay employees a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour (as of July 2009).
For non-exempt employees, employers are required to pay time and a half for any work beyond a 40 hour work week. Additionally, if a state has a higher minimum wage than that set by federal law, the higher standard applies. (However, a number of types of employment are specifically exempt from overtime.)
For service-related jobs that involve direct customer interaction and tipping, specific rules apply regarding tips and minimum wage and tip pools.
When a company violates wage and hour laws, they can be held financially liable for back pay and other damages. At the law office of Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin we advise and represent employees who have been denied a fair wage or overtime pay by their employer.
If you have been asked to work off of the clock
share tips with non-tip employees, or have been classified as "exempt" when you should be "non-exempt," contact wage and hour dispute attorneys at SLS, today.
Wage and Hour Disputes and Violations
The employment law office of SLS, represents workers in wage and hour disputes involving the following: Exempt vs Non-exempt status. Overtime pay. Minimum wage compliance. Tip pool violations. Compensation for breaks, uniforms, tools, etc. Sales commission.
Documenting Your Case - Wage and Overtime Violations
If you believe your employer has violated wage or hour laws, collect as much documentation as possible: pay stubs, copies of time cards, emails, posted memos, or anything else that implicates your employer. If you are being asked to work "unofficially" off the clock, making a note of work schedules and the work done can help in exposing these kinds of violations. If your job requires you to perform a certain amount of creative discretion while other parts are automated or process-driven, our lawyers can review your classification to determine if you should be classified as a non-exempt employee.
Enforcing Wage and Overtime Laws
All laws and agreements related to wages and overtime are enforceable by law. We can help you file complaints with Wage and Hour Division offices of the Department of Labor. We can try to force your employer to comply with laws and policies pertaining to your situation. In case a lawsuit is necessary, we can file suit for an individual worker or for groups of workers, following a thorough investigation into all the facts of your case.
Contact Wage and Hour Dispute Attorneys at Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin
If you have questions regarding wage and hour violations, contact employment law attorneys at SLS today. We can review your case and discuss the options available to you for protecting your job while recovering what is owed you.
Houston Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Protecting Employees in Texas and Across the Nation
If you are an "at-will" employee, you can be fired unexpectedly - either with cause or for no reason at all. However, under Texas wrongful termination laws, you and other employees do have some protection. The same federal laws that prohibit workplace discrimination also prohibit retaliation and wrongful termination against employees for reporting discrimination or other employer misconduct.
Seeking Resolution for Wrongful Termination Victims
At Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin, based in Houston, our wrongful termination attorneys are committed to helping employees who were wrongfully fired from their job in Texas or anywhere in the United States. Wrongful termination cases can be difficult to handle considering the seriousness of the claim: We can take immediate action to investigate your claim, collect evidence, and protect your rights after wrongful discharge. Our employment law attorneys have 130 years of combined experience in seeking dispute resolution and compensation for wronged employees. We have the resources needed to negotiate wrongful termination settlements or handle retaliation lawsuits against employers when necessary.
Contact our wrongful termination lawyers to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your claim
the facts of your case, and your legal options following employer retaliation and wrongful termination.
Laws Specifically Prohibit
Federal and Texas wrongful termination laws specifically prohibit:
Wrongful discharge as a result of employer discrimination
Retaliation for reporting employer wrongdoing or refusing to participate in unlawful practices, which is a violation of whistleblower laws
Firing or otherwise retaliating against an employee for reporting sexual harassment or participating in an investigation
Termination for reporting discrimination based on race, gender, pregnancy, sex, age, religion or disability
Firing an employee for participating in an investigation or serving as a witness in an employment discrimination proceeding
Termination for reporting wage or overtime pay violations
Firing an employee who is a spouse or close relative of someone who reported wrongdoing or participated in employment litigation
Whistleblower Law Attorneys. including exercising the Qui Tam provision of the Federal Civil False Claims Act.
Colleen Rowley, Erin Brockovich
well-known names such as these help define the meaning of "whistleblower" for the public: an employee "who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority." (American Heritage Dictionary). After the fact, whistleblowers such as these two may be considered heroes. But when an employee is in the middle of a controversy involving illegal or unethical activity on the job, they may be said to be "snitching" or "disloyal" when they first report it to the public or to higher authorities. Job status or even employment itself may be at risk if the employer tries to retaliate for the whistleblower's revelations.
Contact the Houston employment law firm of Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin
for an initial consultation if you believe your job is at risk after you reported wrongdoing ... and you are in need of whistleblower protection.
Laws Protecting Whistleblowers
There are many laws intended to provide job protection for whistleblowers.
One is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which specifically provides whistleblower protection to employees who report a reasonable belief that a company subject to SEC regulations has engaged in federal mail fraud, wire fraud, securities law fraud, bank fraud, or any other type of fraud.
Another law designed to protect whistleblowers is the Federal Civil False Claims Act (FCFCA), which contains a provision known as qui tam.
Qui tam allows private citizens to file a lawsuit in the name of the U.S. government charging fraud by government contractors and others who use or receive government funds.
The whistleblower law attorneys at the Houston employment law firm of SLS
apply these and other laws to protect whistleblowers throughout the state of Texas and across the nation. We are knowledgeable, dedicated and determined to protect your rights according to whistleblower laws by whatever means we can. We know how to invoke the power of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the qui tam provision of the Federal Civil False Claims Act, and every other appropriate whistleblower law to protect you from retaliation after you have reported illegal or unethical practices at your place of work.
with the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA).
We will help you cooperate as the Department of Labor handles the investigation following the filing with OSHA. If necessary, we will pursue the case to federal district court to get relief for our whistleblower clients.
based on age, gender, race, national origin, disability, religion, or pregnancy. Protecting Equal Employment Opportunities for Employees in Texas and Across the Nation.
The Houston employment law firm of Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin assists individuals who wish to file complaints regarding violations of these laws with the U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces all of these laws. If you suffered sexual harassment on the job or workplace discrimination, you have options to protect your employee rights. Contact our discrimination lawyers to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your employment discrimination matter.
Seeking Resolution for Workplace Discrimination Violations
Our experienced, determined employment attorneys are ready to assist you in seeking resolution if you have suffered age discrimination, gender discrimination, race discrimination, sexual discrimination, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, or pregnancy discrimination. We have experience filing complaints and handling lawsuits regarding all types of job discrimination violations. We have won a number of lawsuits recovering compensation for individuals who were illegally discriminated against in these ways. Our Houston workplace discrimination lawyers zealously counsel and represent employees who have been discriminated against throughout Texas and across the nation. We also serve as consultants for employers who wish to prevent employment discrimination. Since 1994, our firm has been a dedicated advocate of employee rights, and we seek to protect employees from workplace discrimination based on race, age, national origin, or other protected classes. Contact our Houston-based discrimination law firm to speak with an experienced employment attorney about your particular employment discrimination concern.
Your employee rights include the right to work in an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal laws prohibiting job discrimination are as follows:
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), prohibiting discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which states that men and women doing equal work at the same employer should receive equal pay
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects workers 40 years of age or older from job discrimination
Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities who work in the federal government
The Civil Rights Act of 1991, which allows for monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination
Sexual Harassment Lawyers Protect Civil Rights. including opposite sex or same-sex harassment on the job from supervisors or coworkers, and the complaint and grievance procedures for claims of sexual harassment, such as filing complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The boss that pinches the back side of the assistant
the cubicle neighbor who posts photos or jokes of an offensive sexual nature . . . the supervisor who seduces an underling, and then demotes him when he refuses to continue the affair . . . are all examples of sexual harassment on the job. Contact the Houston employment law firm of Shellist, Lazarz, Slobin for an initial consultation if you are experiencing an uncomfortable situation on the job as a result of sexual harassment.
sexual harassment at work has been explicitly prohibited as a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Despite nearly two generations of awareness and education on the topic, sexual harassment is still a reality for too many workers. Specifically, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as follows: "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature . . . when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individuals' work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment." (http:www.eeoc.gov/)
Sexual harassment on the job need not be tolerated.
If you are a victim of sexual harassment at work in Texas or anywhere in the United States, the Houston employment law firm of SLS wants to be your advocate. Please contact us for an evaluation of your sexual harassment situation and a discussion of how you can help yourself, and how we might help you. If your job is on the line, we can take steps to protect it. If you wish to motivate your employer to take steps to stop the harassment, we can help you file the appropriate complaints within the time frame allowed by law. And if you believe you have suffered economic loss as a result of the sexual harassment, we can help you document that and prepare to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your loss.
The sexual harassment lawyers at SLS have experience resolving this type of complaint for clients throughout Texas and across the nation.
Contact us to discuss your sexual harassment matter.
Companies are not required by law to provide severance packages to employees. As a result, severance agreements are offered at the discretion of an employer. Most severance agreements extend medical benefits and pay for a limited amount of time on the condition that the employee waives his or her right to sue the company. In cases where age discrimination is a concern on the part of an employer, an employee may be given 21 days to decide whether or not to accept a severance package. This is intended to protect the company from allegations that they used pressure to force an employee to accept an offer. Since there are a number of legal and financial issues that must be considered when evaluating a severance package, consulting an attorney before you sign may be the best way to protect your interests and your rights. At the law office of Shellist | Lazarz | Slobin, our employment law attorneys work closely with clients in evaluating the terms and conditions of a severance package. We explain what claims, if any, are worth pursuing against a company, whether you have a good chance of winning, and what you can do to clarify ambiguous terms. To discuss your case, contact severance agreement lawyers at SLS, today.
Severance Agreements and Enforceability
The enforceability of a severance agreement is essential in order to enforce the release of rights on the part of the employee not to pursue a claim against the employer. In order for a severance agreement to be enforceable, an employer must offer an employee something over and above what they would normally receive upon separation from a company. For example, a severance agreement could include unused sick pay, vacation pay, an extension of health care coverage, or even continued contribution to an employee's 401k account whatever the employer decides. If a severance agreement does not include these kinds of additional benefits an employee may be released from a non-compete agreement as well.
Negotiating a Severance Agreement or Severance Package
It's not uncommon for employers to use a severance agreement to diffuse potential whistleblower actions, discrimination lawsuits, wage and hour disputes, and other employment claims. Understanding what your rights and obligations are in the context of several competing legal and financial concerns is essential in determining whether or not you should accept a severance package. When you are facing the decision to accept a severance package agreement, we will investigate your rights with regard to health care, disability coverage, COBRA, and ERISA claims that may arise from your mid-career loss of employment. We are prepared to give you quick, relevant advice when you are under time pressure to accept or decline a severance package agreement. On the other hand, we will represent you in the event of a severance package agreement that you have already signed.
Understanding your Rights with regard to Severance Packages
If your employer has offered you a severance package, contact employment law attorneys at SLS, today to schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you.
including salary, bonus, benefits, stock options, and deferred compensation. Houston Executive Compensation Lawyers.
Protecting Employees in Texas and Across the Nation
The knowledge and confident negotiation skills of the employment law attorneys at the Houston employment law firm of Shellist | Lazarz | Slobin are appreciated by our executive clientele and companies alike. We assist executives in the negotiation of contracts with their employers, taking into account the most advantageous and up-to-date methods of maximizing income and minimizing long-term tax exposure. We also counsel companies that need to comply with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing requirements regarding executive compensation. Specifically, we represent executives in the development and enforcement of their executive compensation plans, including "Golden Handshake" or "Golden Parachute" agreements, salary and bonus terms, benefits, stocks and stock options, deferred compensation, supplemental retirement plans, and severance package agreements. Contact our employment law attorneys to learn more about your rights in executive compensation negotiations and enforcement.
Executive Compensation Law Firm and Consultants Serving Oil and Gas Executives and Fortune 500 Companies
Our executive compensation clients have included oil and gas executives, Fortune 500 entities, and other executives and corporations of all sizes. All of our clients benefit from the fact that we are aggressive employment law attorneys. We know the limits of the law regarding executive compensation agreements. We use that knowledge to negotiate creatively to ensure that our executive clients' compensation packages are fair and work to their long-term advantage. We are experienced executive compensation consultants who advocate strongly on behalf of our executive clients at every step in the contract process. We draft Golden Parachute agreements, review executive employment contracts and agreements, handle executive compensation negotiation for benefits and stock options, and if necessary, file lawsuits to enforce the terms of such agreements. Our executive compensation consultants advise, counsel and represent executive clientele and corporations in Houston, throughout the state of Texas, and across the nation. Contact our experienced executive compensation lawyers for a initial consultation regarding your executive compensation legal needs.
Shellist | Lazarz | Slobin ("SLS") is a boutique employment law firm that focuses on maximizing recovery of monies owed to employees in regard to separation pay, stock options, retirement benefits, Sarbanes-Oxley, and others. In addition, we handle all forms of discrimination claims, sexual harassment, overtime suits, wage claims, and breach of contract issues.