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Courtney Bru’s practice is focused on the representation of employers in state and federal labor and employment matters and other issues affecting the workplace. In addition to having extensive experience representing management in all phases of litigation before state and federal courts and regulatory and administrative agencies, a significant portion of her practice is devoted to counseling and training management and human resources professionals on the best practices for reducing risk, avoiding litigation, and maintaining a productive workforce.

Courtney has extensive experience representing local, regional and national clients with respect to claims and potential claims arising from the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, wage and hour issues arising under various state laws, and discrimination and retaliation issues arising under various state and federal laws. In addition, she frequently assists employers with day-to-day issues, including interviewing and hiring, discipline and termination, employment and nonsolicitation agreements, workplace policies and handbooks, drug and alcohol testing, employee classification, internal investigations, audits by state and federal agencies, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, reductions in force, and severance programs.

In addition to her employment practice, a portion of Courtney’s practice is devoted to commercial and civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. She has represented numerous clients in cases involving negligence, breach of contract, fraud and bad faith.

Courtney’s achievements have earned her inclusion in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where she was praised for her understanding of the business environment and for her “good response time and knowledge of the field.” Researchers also noted her extensive litigation experience, as well as her specific expertise in the handling of wage and hour issues. She has also been named to The Best Lawyers in America (employment law – management; labor and employment litigation) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers, which selected her for its list of “Top 25 Women” lawyers in Oklahoma in 2017.

Courtney is a contributing author and co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations and laws affecting Oklahoma employers. She is also a frequent speaker on labor and employment topics before employer groups, industry professionals, and state and local bar associations.

Courtney began her career as an associate with the Atlanta office of Littler Mendelson and, more recently, was a partner of a Tulsa-based law firm, where she also served as leader of its Employment Law Practice Group.

 

Representative Experience

Labor and Employment:

  • Dissolved temporary restraining order without notice filed by one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies against defendant competitor and its employee for the alleged violation of confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
  • Obtained dismissal of a claim for sex discrimination in alleged violation of city ordinances, as well as dismissal of a summary judgment claim arising under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), on behalf of a municipal employer.
  • Successfully vacated arbitration award pursuant to Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, U.S.C. § 185, and the Federal Arbitration Act, 29 U.S.C. § 10 on the grounds that the arbitrator exceeded her authority under these acts when interpreting the management rights provision of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.
  • Successfully defended unionized employer against claims of national origin and race discrimination, breach of collective bargaining agreements, in Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) arbitrations.
  • Obtained various dismissals and/or summary judgments on behalf of tribally-owned businesses against claims arising under federal anti-discrimination laws.
  • Defended manufacturer against claim for retaliatory termination in violation of the FLSA by former employee terminated as part of a reduction in force.
  • Defended contractor against claim that former employee was drug tested in violation of state law.
  • Defended employers against alleged wage and hour violations asserted as class or collective actions.
  • Represented numerous employers before the Oklahoma Department of Labor regarding wage and hour claims arising under state wage payment laws.

 
Compliance and Investigations:

  • Successfully represented oil and gas industry clients in U.S. Department of Labor wage and hour audits, resulting in significant reductions in the calculation of back wages owed as a result of employee misclassification.

 
Commercial Litigation:

  • Obtained temporary restraining order on behalf of client alleging breach of contract and wrongful termination of contract.
  • Defeated attempts by world’s largest food processor to collect amounts on contracts by arguing it breached its obligations thereunder.
  • Regularly defended public utility against various claims for negligence allegedly resulting in personal injury and property damage.
  • Represented insurer against numerous claims for breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Represented public utility and its employee against claims of assault and battery, and asserted employee’s counterclaims for intentional torts against plaintiff.
  • Defended national issuer of debt cancellation agreements against claims of breach of contract and bad faith arising out of the purchase of the agreements and the receipt of gap waiver benefits under such agreements.
   

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Top 25 Women Lawyers”

 
Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association

  
Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Domestic Violence Intervention Services (Pro Bono Attorney)
     

  

Articles

EEOC alleges medical exams and questionnaires violate ADA, GINA

EEOC alleges medical exams and questionnaires violate ADA, GINA

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC | October 9, 2017
Obama embraces ‘ban the box’ movement

Obama embraces ‘ban the box’ movement

EmployerLINC | November 13, 2015
  • EEOC says sexual orientation protected under Title VII
    EmployerLINC | August 19, 2015
  • Courts continue to back employers with strong timekeeping policies, practices
    EmployerLINC | May 13, 2015
  • Rules differ regarding second opinions on fitness‑for‑duty certifications
    EmployerLINC | February 11, 2015
  • Gavel to Gavel: Helpful to employers
    The Journal Record | September 11, 2014
  • Prescription drug addiction: Medical review officers can help eliminate disability discrimination claim
    EmployerLINC | September 5, 2014
  • Employers cannot force disclosure of employee’s user names or passwords
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | June 2, 2014
  • New Oklahoma law restricts municipalities’ ability to set minimum wages, minimum vacation or sick leave
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | May 1, 2014
  • President continues efforts to increase minimum wage, availability of overtime
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | April 1, 2014
  • IRS issues additional ‘transition relief’ that benefits employers
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | March 3, 2014
  • Employers encouraged to take steps now to avoid potential class action litigation
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | February 3, 2014
  • Reminder: Posting deadline (OSHA Form 300A) February 1
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | February 3, 2014
  • EEOC continues forward with its strategic enforcement plan
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | January 2, 2014
  • Tenth Circuit: Employees must affirmatively request reasonable accommodations for existing disabilities
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | December 1, 2013
  • Update and reminder – Developments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | September 3, 2013
  • Portions of Affordable Care Act (ACA) delayed
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | August 1, 2013
  • Significant changes to Oklahoma unemployment laws take effect in July, November
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | June 3, 2013
  • U.S. Department of Labor issues new FMLA regulations
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | March 1, 2013
  • Supreme Court denies relief in case challenging Affordable Care Act
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | February 1, 2013
  • Employer’s handbook policies and written reviews results in summary judgment against former employee
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | January 1, 2013
  • Amended statute alters time for payment of taxes, filing of returns
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | July 1, 2012
  • U.S. Senate to consider expanding computer employee exemption
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | May 2012
  • UPDATE: (NLRA) posting postponed
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | May 2012
  • FLSA prohibits retaliation by ‘employers’ (DUH!) and ‘non-employers’ (HUH!?)
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | March 2012
  • Hiring Requirements: Oklahoma
    Practical Law | February 2012
  • NLRB continues to provide guidance regarding social networking activities
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | October 2011
  • NLRB continues to file complaints regarding social networking activities
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | August 2011
  • The importance of being ‘interactive’
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | June 2011
  • Unknown and unauthorized work
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | April 2011
  • NLRB remains active in the arena of social networking activities
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | March 2011
  • Weather and weather-related absences under the Fair Labor Standards Act
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | March 2011
  • The National Labor Relations Board goes after employer for firing an employee who posted disparaging comments about supervisor
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | January 2011
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act: The need for strict compliance in the face of increased federal interest and enforcement
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | December 2010
  • Selected Employment Law Issues
    Vernon’s Oklahoma Forms 2nd, Chapter 14, Volume 3C Business Organizations | 2010
  • Yet another change in the law of donning and doffing … and not in the employer’s favor
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | August 2010
  • Employees with no biological or legal relationship to a child may nevertheless stand ‘in loco parentis’ under the FMLA
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | July 2010
  • Supreme Court to consider privacy of text messages
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | January 2010
  • Unclaimed wages: ‘Abandoned’ wages must be turned over to the state
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | August 2009
  • Dollars & sense: Per diem overpayment could result in higher wages
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | August 2009
  • FMLA refresher: Who is covered? What forms to use?
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | June 2009
  • Employee blogs: If you’re going to “dooce,” do it properly
    The Employer’s Legal Resource | May 2009
  • Invasion of the Blogs: An Introductory Survival Guide for Assessing, Addressing and Managing Employee Blogs and Other Alien Publication Life Forms
    Media Law Resource Center Employment Law Committee | March 2009
  • Hoosier legal advisor, Sampson? The dangers of terminating employees without just cause
    Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | May 2008
  • Death & taxes: IRS investigation ends with $319 million bill for FedEx
    Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | February 2008
  • Abide by DOL’s donning/doffing opinion
    Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | December 2007
  • Donning, doffing, doubting: Must you pay for changing clothes?
    Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | November 2007
  • Big Brother’s watching – And he can fire you, too
    Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | April 2007
  • The National Employer
    Littler Mendelson | 2005-2006 edition

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