Elizabeth Bowersox represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Her practice involves representing employers in discrimination cases including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, wrongful discharge cases, wage and hour actions, charges investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board proceedings, and union arbitrations. In addition to representing private employers, Elizabeth also represents municipalities in all areas of labor relations, including union negotiations, grievance and interest arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, and civil rights employment actions.
In addition to her litigation practice, Elizabeth counsels employers on a broad range of employment issues, including hiring, discipline, terminations, policies and procedures, drug and alcohol testing, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment, employment contracts, and the training of management, supervisors and employees on legal issues affecting the workplace.
Elizabeth’s achievements have earned her inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.
Elizabeth serves as a contributing author to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter and EmployerLINC.
Beyond the labor and employment area, Elizabeth has also represented clients in a variety of litigation matters relating to hospitals, health care systems and insurance.
Before embarking on her legal career, Elizabeth worked in the English department at Oklahoma State University, serving as an administrative assistant and website administrator.
- Represented industrial employer in Department of Labor wage and hour investigation.
- Successfully defended large multinational energy services company in arbitration challenging the employer’s drug testing policy under the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act.
- Represented the interests of the State Chamber of Oklahoma as amicus curiae before the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an action challenging the constitutionality of the privatization of the state workers’ compensation fund. The fund’s privatization was a key part of reforming the entire state workers’ comp system, and the Chamber’s position was adopted by the court in an opinion relying significantly on arguments and authorities presented in the brief.
- Obtained summary judgment for a manufacturing client in a gender, age and national origin discrimination case.
- Successfully defended a national restaurant chain in a gender discrimination claim.
- Obtained a dismissal for a large manufacturer on a workers' compensation retaliation claim.
- Counseled an Oklahoma oil and gas employer regarding compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Successfully defended a large manufacturer in an age discrimination claim.
- Counseled a banking employer regarding classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Conducted anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for the Oklahoma branch offices of a large employer.
- Successfully argued in favor of an Oklahoma government contractor that former employee could not arbitrate job separation when the employee was found to have resigned.
- Second-chair experience during a week-long arbitration for an Oklahoma municipality in a case involving the discharge of a police officer.
- Obtained a favorable arbitration decision for an Oklahoma municipality in a case involving the discharge of an employee for dishonesty.
- Obtained a favorable arbitration decision for an Oklahoma municipality in a case involving the demotion of a city employee for misconduct.
- Successfully obtained a ruling that a matter was non-arbitrable for an Oklahoma municipality.
- Obtained the vacatur of a labor arbitration decision ordering reinstatement of a discharged employee. The arbitration decision ordered reinstatement of a police officer who was discharged after being found to have used excessive force. Represented the employer at the district court level in obtaining summary judgment vacating the arbitrator’s decision.
- First-chair experience representing large Oklahoma employer in an bench trial in front of a Department of Labor administrative law judge in a claim of whistleblower retaliation.
- Experience includes second-chair trial experience during a one-week jury trial; second-chair experience during a bench trial; third-chair experience during a three-day jury trial; and third-chair experience during a three-week jury trial.
- Obtained jury verdict of nearly $6 million on behalf of a national manufacturer of oil and gas equipment in an action against a former executive and former distributor involving allegations of fraud, unfair competition, breach of contract, tortious interference, conversion, deceptive trade practices, and breach of fiduciary duties.
- Obtained dismissal in federal court of a putative class action where the plaintiff brought breach of contract and various tort claims against a major healthcare system relating to employee welfare benefit plans for alleged improper billing practices.
- Obtained a directed verdict in state court where the plaintiff brought multiple tort and breach of contract claims against a hospital for alleged improper billing practices.
- Obtained dismissal in state court of breach of contract and various tort claims brought against a hospital over alleged improper billing practices.
Honors and Awards
- Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s up-and-coming attorneys
Professional Organizations and Memberships
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
Tenth Circuit rules in favor of airline in discrimination case when employee’s mistake leads to his termination
EmployerLINC | June 23, 2016
OSHA issues new whistleblower investigations manual with aggressive new standard
EmployerLINC | March 15, 2016
Court rules informal complaint about overtime could be basis of FLSA retaliation claim
EmployerLINC | December 18, 2015
Start planning now for new overtime rules expected July 2016
EmployerLINC Alert | December 9, 2015
Secret Connections: LinkedIn contacts may be a trade secret
EmployerLINC | December 29, 2014
Lifting restrictions weigh down employees’ ADA claims
EmployerLINC | August 6, 2014
Policing the workplace: Are you my supervisor?
EmployerLINC | March 25, 2014
Drama, drama, drama!
Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | May 2013
Up in the Air: A New Framework for Laptop Searches in International Airports
Oklahoma City Law Review | 2010
In The News
March 24, 2017
April 5, 2016
The Oklahoman | December 31, 2015
The Oklahoman | December 22, 2015
May 1, 2015
The Oklahoman | May 20, 2014
At The Podium
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Quarterly HR Training SeminarOklahoma City, Oklahoma, live and video conference | December 5, 2017
Hatton W. Sumners Annual Final Exams WorkshopOklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 20, 2017
EmployerLINC17: Back to BasicsTulsa, Oklahoma | March 23, 2017
EmployerLINC17: Back to BasicsOklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017
Oklahoma DHS Last Chance Attorney CLEOklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 16, 2016
EmployerLINC16: Employers under pressureOklahoma City, OK | March 30, 2016
Oklahoma Restaurant Association Convention & ExpoOklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 2, 2015
EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakesOklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015
Failure to maintain accurate job descriptions
EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakesTulsa, Oklahoma | April 28, 2015
Government agency hot button issues
EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of CourtTulsa, Oklahoma | April 17, 2014
Government agency hot button issues
EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of CourtOklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 16, 2014