Labor and employment

The Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices of full-service firm GableGotwals are comprised of labor and employment lawyers who are routinely engaged in contentious disputes. The practice is equipped with the experience to handle both traditional labor relations and employment litigation.

Ellen Adams is based in the Oklahoma City office and maintains a highly active practice. She has been litigating claims filed under various federal and state laws, including Texas and Arkansas in addition to Oklahoma. Also operating out of Oklahoma City is Paula Williams, who obtained a favorable settlement for client StaffLink and dismissal of a pregnancy discrimination case. Tulsa’s Chris Thrutchley regularly handles both labor and employment matters. He represented Magellan Midstream Holdings in a labor dispute with the United Steel Workers Local Union, which filed a union grievance after the client terminated a member. The union sought reinstatement with backpay and challenged the termination up to arbitration. Thrutchley successfully handled the arbitration and the arbitrator found in favor of the client, denying the grievance and the remedies sought by the union. On the employment litigation side of his practice, he is actively litigating a wage-and-hour matter filed under the FLSA and state law. The collective was originally conditionally certified; however, the court was convinced to decertify it following briefing and discovery. The matter is ongoing with the two remaining named plaintiffs.