Courtney Bru

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(918) 574-3052 | courtney.bru@mcafeetaft.com | Tulsa
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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.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

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)

Attorney Articles

Articles

Minimizing liability for overpayment, underpayment of wages

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

EEOC alleges medical exams and questionnaires violate ADA, GINA

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Summertime, and the Livin’ is… well, potentially complicated

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Obama embraces ‘ban the box’ movement

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

EEOC says sexual orientation protected under Title VII

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Courts continue to back employers with strong timekeeping policies, practices

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Rules differ regarding second opinions on fitness‑for‑duty certifications

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Gavel to Gavel: Helpful to employers

The Journal Record |

Prescription drug addiction: Medical review officers can help eliminate disability discrimination claim

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Employers cannot force disclosure of employee’s user names or passwords

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

New Oklahoma law restricts municipalities’ ability to set minimum wages, minimum vacation or sick leave

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

President continues efforts to increase minimum wage, availability of overtime

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

IRS issues additional ‘transition relief’ that benefits employers

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Reminder: Posting deadline (OSHA Form 300A) February 1

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Employers encouraged to take steps now to avoid potential class action litigation

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

EEOC continues forward with its strategic enforcement plan

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Tenth Circuit: Employees must affirmatively request reasonable accommodations for existing disabilities

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Update and reminder — Developments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Portions of Affordable Care Act (ACA) delayed

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Significant changes to Oklahoma unemployment laws take effect in July, November

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

U.S. Department of Labor issues new FMLA regulations

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Supreme Court denies relief in case challenging Affordable Care Act

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Employer’s handbook policies and written reviews results in summary judgment against former employee

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Amended statute alters time for payment of taxes, filing of returns

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

UPDATE: (NLRA) posting postponed

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

U.S. Senate to consider expanding computer employee exemption

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

FLSA prohibits retaliation by ‘employers’ (DUH!) and ‘non-employers’ (HUH!?)

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Hiring Requirements: Oklahoma

Practical Law |

NLRB continues to provide guidance regarding social networking activities

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

NLRB continues to file complaints regarding social networking activities

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

The importance of being ‘interactive’

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Unknown and unauthorized work

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Weather and weather-related absences under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

NLRB remains active in the arena of social networking activities

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

The National Labor Relations Board goes after employer for firing an employee who posted disparaging comments about supervisor

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: The need for strict compliance in the face of increased federal interest and enforcement

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Selected Employment Law Issues

Vernon’s Oklahoma Forms 2nd, Chapter 14, Volume 3C Business Organizations |

Yet another change in the law of donning and doffing … and not in the employer’s favor

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Employees with no biological or legal relationship to a child may nevertheless stand ‘in loco parentis’ under the FMLA

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Supreme Court to consider privacy of text messages

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Dollars & sense: Per diem overpayment could result in higher wages

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Unclaimed wages: ‘Abandoned’ wages must be turned over to the state

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

FMLA refresher: Who is covered? What forms to use?

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

Employee blogs: If you’re going to “dooce,” do it properly

The Employer’s Legal Resource |

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 |

Hoosier legal advisor, Sampson? The dangers of terminating employees without just cause

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Death & taxes: IRS investigation ends with $319 million bill for FedEx

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Abide by DOL’s donning/doffing opinion

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Donning, doffing, doubting: Must you pay for changing clothes?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Big Brother’s watching — And he can fire you, too

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

The National Employer

ATPs display in this column

At The Podium

Non-compete, no-solicitation and confidentiality agreements

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | June 14, 2018

I-9 Compliance

Tulsa Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinators Association (TEEOCA)
Tulsa, OK | June 6, 2018

Rethinking Harassment Training & Other #MeToo Insights Panel

2018 Employers Counsel Network Conference
New Orleans, LA | April 27, 2018

Labor & Employment All-Star Q&A Panel

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

Battling Sexual Harassment Claims in the Court of Legal Opinion and Court of Public Opinion

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

Workplace Wellness: How to recognize, address and accommodate mental and emotional issues in the workplace

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 23, 2017

Let’s Talk: Engaging disabled employees in the ADA’s interactive process

Oklahoma Bar Association’s Government and Administrative Law Practice Section Winter CLE
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 11, 2015

Failure to understand the concept of pretext

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Failure to understand the concept of pretext

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Tulsa, OK | April 28, 2015

Let’s talk: Engaging disabled employees in the ADA’s interactive process

OKC Metro Employer Council Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | February 17, 2015

Let’s talk: Engaging disabled employees in the ADA’s interactive process

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | January 28, 2015

Significant Changes to the Oklahoma Employment Security Act

Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Employment Law Update 2014: The Good, The Bad, and the Binding Precedent
Tulsa, Oklahoma | September 26, 2014

Significant Changes to the Oklahoma Employment Security Act

Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Employment Law Update 2014: The Good, The Bad, and the Binding Precedent
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 25, 2014

Pregnancy in the workplace: From antidiscrimination to accommodation?

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | September 24, 2014

Social Media in the Workplace

Sterling Education Services Inc.’s 11th Annual Employment Law
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 10, 2014

PPACA/Obamacare: What employers need to know

Sterling Education Services Inc.’s 11th Annual Employment Law
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 10, 2014

Current status of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 13, 2014

Employment-related matters

Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | January 31, 2014

Legal issues impacting workplace wellness

Workplace Wellness Symposium hosted by OU Physicians
Tulsa, Oklahoma | January 7, 2014

2013 Employment Law Update

Tulsa County Bar Association’s CLE seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 20, 2013

Military family leave: Current and future obligations

BLR’s 2013 FMLA Master Class
Midwest City, Oklahoma | October 21, 2013

Collecting medical information

BLR’s 2013 FMLA Master Class
Midwest City, Oklahoma | October 21, 2013

Let’s get serious: Serious health conditions

BLR’s 2013 FMLA Master Class
Midwest City, Oklahoma | October 21, 2013

Military family leave: Current and future obligations

BLR’s 2013 FMLA Master Class
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 17, 2013

Collecting medical information

BLR’s 2013 FMLA Master Class
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 17, 2013

Let’s get serious: Serious health conditions

BLR’s 2013 FMLA Master Class
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 17, 2013

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Selected issues

Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 27, 2013

Vital lessons from 2012 litigation and the EEOC’s new enforcement plan: HR compliance strategies for 2013

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association
Tulsa, Oklahoma | February 20, 2013

Drafting employer policy: Social media use work equipment

Oklahoma Bar Association’s
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 2, 2012

Legal issues affecting the contingent workforce

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association’s Annual Employment Law and Practices Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 1, 2012

Social Media Networking Sites and Employment-Related Decisions

Sterling Education Services Inc.’s Labor and Employment 2012 Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 17, 2012

What should be in your employee handbook

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association’s Employment Law and Practices Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 3, 2011

Working through the ADAA and its regulations

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association’s June Learning Lab
Tulsa, Oklahoma | June 23, 2011

The new ADAAA regulations: And you thought the ADAAA was bad!

Tulsa Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinators Association
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 4, 2011

Social networking: What employers need to know

Tulsa County Bar Association’s Employment and OSHA Law 2010 CLE Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | December 15, 2010

Recordkeeping: What to keep and for how long?

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association’s Annual Employment Law and Practices Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 5, 2009

New FMLA and ADA amendments

Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce’s HR Forum
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 7, 2009

State and federal recordkeeping requirements

Tulsa Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinators Association
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 6, 2009

Recordkeeping: What to keep and for how long?

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association Workshop
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 6, 2008

Navigating through the ADA, FMLA and workers’ comp maze

HR Hero’s ADA Master Class
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 15, 2008

Practical problems at the boundaries of the law

HR Hero’s ADA Master Class
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 15, 2008

Co-employment: Issues and strategies

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association Workshop
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 8, 2007

Co-employment: Issues and strategies

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association Workshop
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 2, 2006
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Admissions:

  • Georgia, 2005
  • Oklahoma, 2006
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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Education:

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2005
  • B.A. (Political Science), summa cum laude, Auburn University, 2002
    • Phi Beta Kappa
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