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About Lauren

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, 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. Additionally, she serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Experience

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 employer's claim for unpaid overtime resulting from allegedly missed meal breaks and time worked off the clock

International engineering, procurement and construction company — successfully defending employer against former employee against former employee's Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower claim

Publications and Speeches

"EEOC Final Rules: Wellness Programs," CLE presentation, September 13, 2016.

“Developments in Disability Discrimination Law,” Texas Workforce Commission Texas Business Conference, July 22, 2016.

Credentials

Education

Northwestern University School of Law,
J.D.
2009
Indiana University, Kelley School of Business,
B.S.
2006

Bar Admissions

Texas

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment
Junior League of Dallas
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Young Employment & Labor Lawyers Committee of the DAYL
Co-Chair, 2015 - 2015

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