Entries by Nathan Hatcher

EEOC sues Estee Lauder for sex discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 PHILADELPHIA—Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, violated federal law when it implemented and administered a paid parental leave program that automatically provides male employees who are new fathers lesser parental leave benefits than are provided […]

EEOC sues Pizza Studio restaurant owner for violating Equal Pay Act

Published on September 22, 2017 ST. LOUIS – A Delaware company that until recently operated a Pizza Studio restaurant in Kansas City, Kan., and still owns other restaurants nationwide, violated federal law by withdrawing job offers from two teens after the woman complained about being offered less pay than her male friend, the U.S. Equal […]

Denton County sued by EEOC for discrimination under the Equal Pay Act

Published on September 22, 2017 DALLAS – Denton County, Texas violated the Equal Pay Act by paying lesser wages to a female clinician than it paid to a male physician performing the same job, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Sept. 6. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Dr. Martha […]

EEOC sues Blood Bank of Hawaii for disability discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 HONOLULU, Hawaii – Blood Bank of Hawaii violated federal law when it refused to provide reasonable accommodations for and then fired employees who required additional leave time for their disabilities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed Sept. 7. The EEOC contends that Blood Bank […]

EEOC sues Tarr and Zenith for pregnancy discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 SAN DIEGO — Tarr, Inc. and Zenith, LLC, a San Diego-based company that sells dietary supplements, violated federal law when it fired an employee within days of learning of her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed Sept. 7. According to EEOC’s […]

JL Schwieters Construction to pay $125,000 to settle EEOC race harassment lawsuit

Published on September 22, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS – A Hugo, Minn., construction company will pay $125,000 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced Sept. 8. The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that JL Schwieters Construction, Inc. violated federal law when it subjected two black employees to […]

EEOC sues Golden Corral for disability, sexual harassment

Published on September 22, 2017 Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral restaurant in Matthews, N.C., discriminated against an employee with a disability when it subjected him to a hostile work environment based on both his disability and his sex (male), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on Sept. […]

Massimo Zanetti sued by EEOC for sexual harassment, retaliation

Published on September 22, 2017 ORFOLK, Va. —Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, Inc. violated federal civil rights law when it failed to stop sexual harassment of a female employee and then fired her because she complained about the harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed on Sept. 19. According to […]

NewsOK Q&A: Data security, cyber threats are everyone’s concern

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: September 20, 2017 Click to see full story – Data security, cyber threats are everyone’s concern Click to see Fred Leibrock’s attorney profile Q: With the recent breach of Equifax, it seems that vulnerability to identity fraud is everywhere. Are there measures I can take on behalf of my company […]

Roth: World energy outlook

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on September 18, 2017. World energy outlook The U.S. Energy Information Administration publishes the International Energy Outlook Report, as well as heaps of other important energy data. An agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, the […]

Four Phillips Murrah attorneys chosen as Lawyers of the Year

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that four of our Directors have been named Lawyers of the Year on The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list in Oklahoma City. 2018 Lawyers of the Year Sally A. Hasenfratz – Construction Law Fred A. Leibrock – Litigation – ERISA J. Mark Lovelace – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Jim A. […]

Director presents on issues related to real estate closings, ethics

Director Robert N. Sheets will give a presentation on Sept. 14 for Continuing Education professionals on issues relating to real estate transactions. Sheets will present at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the National Business Institute’s seminar titled “Handling Real Estate Transactions From Start to Finish.” “For the morning presentation, I’ll be discussing issues that can […]

Firm selects August Employee of the Month

DeAnn Aderholt, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employees of the Month for August 2017. “It’s a great honor and a wonderful surprise for my peers to recognize me and my effort,” she said. “I’m so thankful for my job here at Phillips Murrah and my work family that’s come along with it! “My co-workers and […]

Roth: Time to reap benefits of hydrogen

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on September 11, 2017. Time to reap benefits of hydrogen A previous column considered hydrogen’s increased use primarily in fuel cell vehicles, but there are some exciting advancements for hydrogen’s potential use in utilities. Innovation requires effort […]

2017 Labor Day Facts

  We wish you safe travels and a happy 2017 Labor Day weekend! Summer’s (Unofficial) End? Although Labor Day is commonly celebrated as the three-day weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer, it originated as a day of recognition of the contributions made by the U.S. labor movement and the men and women of […]

NewsOK Q&A: Forced pooling in mineral land leasing has upsides, downsides

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: August 31, 2017 Click to see full story – Forced pooling in mineral land leasing has upsides, downsides Click to see Melissa Gardner’s attorney profile Q: If you’re approached about leasing minerals, do you have options? A: You do have options. However, none of those options include avoiding leasing your […]

Roth: Sun shines as energy option in state

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 28, 2017. Sun shines as energy option in state Keeping with last week’s solar theme, I recently ran across an Aug. 28, 1982 news article by M.J. Van Deventer that highlighted another bright spot in […]

Amendment sharpens valuable tool

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 24, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Hilary A. Hudson The Oklahoma Open Records Act, Okla. Stat. tit. 51, § 24A.1, et seq, has been in place since 1985, but its value as a tool for discovering information related to private parties […]

Roth: The great American solar eclipse

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 21, 2017. The great American solar eclipse As we prepare for the solar eclipse on Monday, here are some facts and ideas I found to be worthwhile. First, a solar eclipse is when the […]

Phillips Murrah announces 37 attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 37 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list in Oklahoma City. The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law Elizabeth K. Brown […]

Roth: Energy industry provides help for public schools

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 14, 2017. Energy industry provides help for public schools School bells begin to ring across the state this month amid severe budget shortfalls. But there is hope yet, as schoolchildren receive inspiration, edification, and […]

Revised Form I-9 now available

Published on August 15, 2017 On Monday, July 17, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Instructions for how to download Form I-9 are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date […]

How to Survive a Labor Law Investigation: USDOL offers free compliance assistance seminars for employers

Published on August 15, 2017 The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) is offering free seminars to educate employers about the Wage and Hour Division, its enforcement of federal labor laws, and common violations to avoid. The USDOL encourages employers and representatives from all industries to attend. This training is provided at no cost to […]

OSHA revises online whistleblower complaint form

Published on August 15, 2017 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced revisions its online whistleblower complaint form in July in order to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The updated form provides workers with another option for submitting retaliation complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA. In the news release, […]

Bass Pro to pay $10.5 million to settle EEOC hiring discrimination, retaliation suit

Published on August 15, 2017 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced July 26 that Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, a leading retailer of fishing, camping, and hunting equipment and apparel, has agreed to pay $10.5 million and provide other significant relief to settle a hiring discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. The EEOC’s suit charged […]

Journal Record names Nikki Edwards to Fifty Making A Difference list

The Journal Record will honor Phillips Murrah Director Nikki Edwards as one of fifty female business and community leaders in Oklahoma named to their “Making A Difference” list. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller will be the keynote speaker at the 37th annual Woman of the Year gala set for Oct. 26 at the National Cowboy […]

Roth: Overshooting our planet Earth

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 7, 2017. Overshooting our planet Earth As of Aug. 2, we earthlings consumed more natural resources than Earth can renew throughout the entire calendar year. Eight months and a day into 2017 and we […]

Firm selects July Employees of the Month

Rosana Townsend, Legal Assistant, and Monica Ball, Accounting, are Phillips Murrah’s Employees of the Month for July 2017. “Being chosen as Employee of the Month at Phillips Murrah was both a shock and an honor,” Rosana said. “I have the most wonderful co-workers anyone could ever ask for, both personally and professionally, so being chosen […]

Roth: A reprieve for ethanol?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 31, 2017. A reprieve for ethanol? Have you ever driven by a gas or convenience station and saw a “100% real gasoline” sign posted proudly by the station owner? In this summer driving season, […]