Labor and Employment

Attorneys in Phillips Murrah’s Labor and Employment Practice Group advise clients on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. We work with clients on a broad range of employment issues, including compliance with federal and state discrimination and anti-retaliation laws, wage and hour laws, workplace safety, employee discipline, termination, reduction in force, employment contracts, employee handbooks, workplace policies, non-compete agreements and enforcement of confidentiality clauses.

We also represent Employers in administrative proceedings before such government agencies as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, state human rights agencies, and federal and state departments of labor.

Our attorneys have also conducted extensive investigations pertaining to employment practices and discrimination and retaliation disputes for government agencies and municipalities.

Because of the essential nature of employment relationships to the business operations of our clients, attorneys in our Labor and Employment Practice Group collaborate across the Firm to help ensure that the advice and representation we provide meets our clients’ business practice needs and objectives.


Phillips Murrah’s Labor and Employment Practice Group has assisted clients in resolving a wide variety of employment-related issues, including:

  • Proper classification of workers
  • Job descriptions/position audits
  • Overtime violations
  • Minimum wage violations
  • Policies and procedures
  • FMLA compliance/violations
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Retaliatory/constructive discharge
  • Unemployment claims
  • Independent contractor/employee classification
  • Workplace safety and health compliance
  • Workplace violence control plans
  • OSHA violations
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Retaliatory/constructive discharge

Our Labor and Employment Practice Group has related litigation and trial experience that includes claims brought under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 42 USC § 1981 Race claims
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Whistleblower statutes and various state laws

Our team of experienced lawyers also provide general management services and advice that includes:

  • Human resources department support
  • Handbooks, policies and procedures, and agreements
  • Employee and management training
  • Internal investigations
  • Trade secret and confidential information
  • Management agreements
  • Corporate governance
  • Executive compensation
  • Privacy, e-communication, social media and data security