Joshua W. Solberg

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Josh Solberg is a trial lawyer who counsels and represents businesses in all areas of labor and employment law, including litigation matters involving all types of wrongful discharge claims, wage and hour disputes, unemployment claims, employment contracts, and other disputes arising from the employer-employee relationship. His experience includes first-chair management of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge matters in both federal and state courts, trial and appellate, as well as in mediation and arbitration. He has also assisted employers in conducting internal investigations and in preparing for audits conducted by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

Josh routinely represents employers in a wide variety of litigation matters, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal and state laws governing employers. He also has experience resolving matters before governmental agencies, having represented employers in wage and hour disputes before the Oklahoma Department of Labor and in appellate matters before the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Josh’s achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.

Prior to returning to McAfee & Taft, Josh worked as in-house counsel for an independent oil and gas company with offices around the United States, where his role was primarily to assist the company’s legal department and human resources department in employment-related matters, including overseeing employment litigation, drafting policies and procedures, and assisting in day-to-day personnel matters, including hiring, terminations and employee leave issues.

Josh is an editor and contributing writer to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter and has been a featured speaker on various employment topics at the firm’s EmployerLINC labor, employment and employee benefits law seminars.

Beyond the labor and employment area, Josh has also represented clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes and has actively participated in litigation involving commercial contracts and business relationships.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Representative Experience

Litigation:

  • Obtained dismissal of federal claims for retaliation and gender, race and national origin discrimination, as well as a state claim for wrongful discharge in violation of Oklahoma public policy, brought by a medical professional against a surgery center.
  • Represented employers in defense of a wide array of employment claims, including  wrongful termination, Fair Labor Standards Act (collective and individual), workers’ compensation retaliation, harassment and discrimination claims under state and federal laws in various jurisdictions, including Oklahoma, California, Alabama, Florida, Texas and New Jersey.
  • Experience includes second-chair trial experience during a three-day jury trial; third-chair trial experience during a four-week jury trial; and first-chair case management, including guiding clients through mediation.
  • Extensive experience with various state agencies, including the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma Department of Labor and former Oklahoma Human Rights Commission, as well as federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Defended an oilfield services company with operations throughout the United States in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action wherein the plaintiffs claimed that certain drilling workers had been misclassified and improperly denied overtime pay.

Counseling:

  • Directed and counseled clients in various employment-related matters, including terminations, accommodations, investigations, drafting and implementing employee handbooks and policies, anti-harassment and related training, and matters pertaining to classifying and misclassifications of individuals as employees v. independent contractors.
  • Presented to human resources professionals around the state of Oklahoma regarding anti-harassment training and other employment-related training.
  • Drafted and assisted clients with employment-related agreements, including severance, non-compete, non-solicitation, and change of control agreements.
  • Assisted an oil and gas company with operations around the country in implementing a cohesive drug testing policy and in drafting and implementing an employee policies and procedures manual.
  • Assisted an oil and gas company in implementing a clear Fair Labor Standards Act policy and in implementing payroll deduction programs throughout its U.S. operations.
  • Assisted an oil and gas company with a reduction-in-force impacting approximately 10% of their workforce.

 

Honors and Awards

  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Attorney Articles

Articles

The benefits of an appeal or review committee

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Can you fire someone because she’s too attractive?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

So you’re telling me there’s a chance: ADAAA gives employees another opportunity

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Coming to a bulletin board near you: mandatory pro‑union posters

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

They’re here! EEOC issues final rules for ADA Amendments Act of 2008

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

What to do when an employee who complains admits to misconduct

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Child labor: new and old

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Unemployment benefits? But he failed a drug test!

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |
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At The Podium

Medical Marijuana: Next steps for Oklahoma employers

Oklahoma Society of Association Executives
Oklahoma City, OK | September 7, 2018

Labor & Employment All-Star Q&A Panel

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

Employment Matters: ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation Leave

2017 Workers’ Comp Conference: When Change Brings Challenge
Lawton, Oklahoma | April 14, 2017

Recent Developments in the Fair Labor Standards Act: What to Expect for 2017

Lawton Employer Council
Lawton, Oklahoma | February 28, 2017

Oklahoma Employment Law Basics

Federal Bar Association CLE: Employment Law in a Nutshell
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 23, 2016

Hiring Done Right

McAlester Employer Council
McAlester, Oklahoma | March 8, 2016

Failure to train

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

Failure to train

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

Common retaliation claims and how to avoid them

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

Common retaliation claims and how to avoid them

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

The ADAA and Final EEOC Regulations

EmployerLINC 2011 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
April 26, 2011

The ADAA and Final EEOC Regulations

EmployerLINC 2011 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
April 20, 2011

When You Need Medical Information About Your Employee

McAfee & Taft Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
October 20, 2010

Avoiding Litigation

McAfee & Taft Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
October 7, 2009

Avoiding Litigation

McAfee & Taft Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
October 2, 2009

Handling Electronic Records

HR Hero National Audio Conference
June 16, 2009

Family and Medical Leave Act: The new FMLA regulations are here,”

McAfee & Taft Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
April 28, 2009

Family and Medical Leave Act: The new FMLA regulations are here,”

McAfee & Taft Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
April 22, 2009
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Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 2008
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
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Education

  • J.D., with highest honors, University of Tulsa, 2008
    • Order of the Curule Chair; Editor, Tulsa Law Review; Phi Delta Phi; Recipient, 9 CALI Awards, F.M. Rowell, Sr. Award, George & Jean Price Award, Judge Thomas Brett Award, Oklahoma Bar Association Business Associations Section Award; Phi Delta Phi Professional Responsibility Award, and Pray, Walker, Jackman, Williamson and Marlar Award
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Oklahoma Baptist University, 2005
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