Lauren West represents employers in federal and state court litigation, arbitrations and before federal and state administrative agencies. She has experience in defending employers against employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims, collective wage and hour actions, breach of contract disputes and whistleblower actions.
In addition to defending employers in adversarial proceedings, Lauren assists employers navigate federal and state employment laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and the Texas Labor Code. She helps clients with a wide array of employment-related matters, including drafting employment agreements; drafting confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; revising employee handbooks to comport with current law; and representing employers in wage and hour investigations conducted by the Department of Labor. Lauren also creates and provides on-site training for managers and employees regarding compliance with federal and state discrimination laws. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Additionally, Lauren serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Recent Notable Matters
Major U.S. defense contractor — nationwide wage and hour class action involving employees assigned overseas alleging violations of foreign labor law; obtained a complete dismissal after it was held that United States, not foreign law, applied
Healthcare/assisted living center — obtained summary judgment on former employee's claim for unpaid overtime resulting from allegedly missed meal breaks and time worked off the clock
International engineering, procurement and construction company — successfully defended employer against former employee's Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower claim
Publications and Speeches
"State Legislatures, Local Governments and Courts Attack Employer Use of Salary History," Texas Lawyer, April 23, 2018.
"End of an era? Growing list of laws is ending the use of comp history in hiring," Westlaw, January 2018.
"EEOC Final Rules: Wellness Programs," CLE presentation, September 13, 2016.
“Developments in Disability Discrimination Law,” Texas Workforce Commission Texas Business Conference, July 22, 2016.
Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization