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Elizabeth Bowersox

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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, whistleblower retaliation complaints, wage and hour actions, charges investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, OSHA complaints, 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, and unfair labor practice proceedings.

In addition to her litigation practice, Elizabeth counsels employers on a broad range of issues, including hiring, discipline, terminations, policies and procedures, drug and alcohol testing, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment, employment contracts, ADA Title III disability access and service animal issues, 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.

Before embarking on her legal career, Elizabeth worked in the English department at Oklahoma State University, serving as an administrative assistant and website administrator.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Representative Experience

Employment matters:

  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of corporate officer for Oklahoma trucking company on claims of unpaid wages and breach of employment agreement.
  • Successfully defeated OSHA whistleblower retaliation complaint and appeal for manufacturing client.
  • Obtained dismissal of OSHA whistleblower retaliation complaint under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act for trucking company, based on drivers’ allegations concerning hours-of-service regulations.
  • 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.
  • Advise employers that qualify as “places of public accommodations” under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act as to their obligations for making their websites accessible to disabled individuals.
  • 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.

Labor matters:

  • 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.

Litigation:

  • 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

ATPs display in this column

At The Podium

Best Practices for Drafting Confidentiality Agreements that Work at Work

2019 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | December 5, 2019

Preventing & Defusing Workplace Violence

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | May 21, 2019

2019 Sexual Harassment Update: The impact of the #MeToo movement

2019 Oklahoma Labor & Management Conference
Oklahoma City, OK | May 9, 2019

Tomorrow Never Dies: New developments in employment law

EmployerLINC19
Oklahoma City, OK | April 3, 2019

Sexual Harassment by Patrons

Oklahoma Library Association 2019 Annual Conference
Norman, Oklahoma | March 15, 2019

The #MeToo Movement

OBA 2018 Labor and Employment Law Update
Oklahoma City, OK | September 20, 2018

ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits on the Rise

South West Transit Association’s 2018 Summer University
Oklahoma City, OK | July 26, 2018

Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Oklahoma Labor/Management Conference 2018
Midwest City, OK | May 9, 2018

ADA Reasonable Accommodations: Extended leave, service animals and other tricky issues

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Oklahoma City, OK | March 27, 2018

All Things Job Descriptions

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Quarterly HR Training Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, live and video conference | December 5, 2017

How to succeed on law school final exams

Hatton W. Sumners Annual Final Exams Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 20, 2017

How to Avoid Claims of Retaliation and Whistleblowing

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

How to Avoid Claims of Retaliation and Whistleblowing

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

Using Social Media in Litigation

Oklahoma DHS Last Chance Attorney CLE
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 16, 2016

Employees in Disguise? Key issues for misclassification of contractors

EmployerLINC16: Employers under pressure
Oklahoma City, OK | March 30, 2016

Give Me a Break: Wage & Hour Pitfalls for Restaurant Owners

Oklahoma Restaurant Association Convention & Expo
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 2, 2015

Failure to maintain accurate job descriptions

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

Failure to maintain accurate job descriptions

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

Government agency hot button issues

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 17, 2014

Government agency hot button issues

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 16, 2014
Attorney Articles

Articles

website accessibility lawsuits

Lack of ADA clarity paves way for more website accessibility lawsuits

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |
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DOL, NLRB weigh in on classification status of gig economy workers

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

May 16 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |
male employee harassing female coworker
website accessibility compliance with ADA

DOJ confirms websites are covered by ADA, but offers some flexibility to businesses in complying

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Is your company’s website compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Remarks and inconsistent stories fuel pregnancy discrimination claim

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Firefighter loses lawsuit over confidentiality provisions of ADA

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Court rules employee’s termination not in retaliation for repeated complaints

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Court OK’s termination of diabetic employee for misconduct

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Appeals court rules overtime pay does not include per diem amount

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Tenth Circuit rules in favor of airline in discrimination case when employee’s mistake leads to his termination

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

OSHA issues new whistleblower investigations manual with aggressive new standard

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC  |

Court rules informal complaint about overtime could be basis of FLSA retaliation claim

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Start planning now for new overtime rules expected July 2016

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Secret Connections: LinkedIn contacts may be a trade secret

EmployerLINC |

Lifting restrictions weigh down employees’ ADA claims

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Policing the workplace: Are you my supervisor?

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Drama, drama, drama!

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Up in the Air: A New Framework for Laptop Searches in International Airports

Oklahoma City Law Review |
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Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 2011
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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Education

  • J.D., summa cum laude, Oklahoma City University, 2011
    • Hatton W. Sumners Scholar; Articles Editor, Oklahoma City University Law Review; William J. Holloway Inn of Court; Recipient, 20 CALI awards
  • B.A. (English-Creative Writing), University of Central Oklahoma, 2006
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In The News

Corporate Counsel 2019 Seminar
Oklahoma Super Lawyers 2019
EmployerLINC19 draws largest audiences ever in Oklahoma City and Tulsa
2019 New Shareholders
website accessibility compliance with ADA

Oklahoma Super Lawyers honors 113 McAfee & Taft attorneys in 2018 edition

ADA website accessibility lawsuits are on the rise against businesses across the U.S.

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‘Workplace Issues in the News’ seminar draws record numbers

McAfee & Taft seminar draws large crowds looking for answers about new administration

‘Employers Under Pressure’ draws record attendance

‘Unlimited vacation’ policy just won’t work at most companies

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New overtime rules will impact retail, service industries

The Oklahoman |

Annual seminar offers employers real-world examples of costly, common mistakes

McAfee & Taft publishes video series from EmployerLINC2014 seminar

OSHA says temporary workers must have proper safety training

The Oklahoman |

Annual seminar continues to draw more employers with timely practical guidance

Six new associates join McAfee & Taft