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Employment Law

Relationships between employers and employees are constantly changing. Both Texas and federal law control how employers must treat employees. The statutes provide protections for both employers and employees. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing employers in everything from minor human resources issues to complex Equal Employment Opportunity and Department of Labor investigations and litigation.

Each step of an investigation before the EEOC is critical. Properly working through the procedures in an investigation requires knowledge of the steps involved, from providing the Employer Position Statement to understanding the scope of the information that must be provided.

Proactive And Prepared

Our attorneys can also help employers proactively implement the best practices for claim avoidance, including:

  • Drafting and implementing an effective antidiscrimination policy
  • Educating employees
  • Enforcing an antidiscrimination policy
  • Educating employees and employers about their responsibilities and legal duties

The Department of Labor is actively investigating companies for failing to properly categorize employees. Our attorneys can assist with the interpretation of wage and hour laws, which can result in fines and penalties being reduced or waived, and damages recalculated. We can advise you about typical employer pitfalls, such as properly defining the work week and calculating hours worked. If you are faced with litigation, our attorneys provide wage and hour litigation defense services and can help you to a successful resolution of the claims against you.

Carla Cotropia is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment and has practiced employment law since 1980. Carla tried her first sexual harassment case in 1983 and has litigated on both sides of the docket. She conducts discrimination prevention trainings, counsels employers on workplace issues and mediates employment disputes.

Carla was selected for inclusion in 2015 Super Lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Houston, Texas. She has been selected to Super Lawyers lists in 2004-2010 and 2013-2015. More information can be found at

Protect Your Rights

Unemployment claims can drive up costs for your small business. If you are facing an unemployment claim, our attorneys can help you protect your rights in the Texas Workforce Commission's administrative process while counseling you on how to avoid such claims in the future. Our training programs will help you understand the issues surrounding the hiring and firing of employees. Contact us for help with your employment law problems.