Paula M. Williams
Paula represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment law, including claims involving wage and hour disputes, family/medical leave, sexual harassment, retaliation, age, race, pregnancy and disability discrimination, and wrongful termination. Paula has also handled claims involving enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, breach of employment contracts, and personnel policy violations.
In addition to litigating, Paula regularly advises employers regarding best employment practices and effective methods to avoid employment-related claims. Paula counsels employers on issues such as hiring, discipline, termination, policies and procedures, drug/alcohol testing, workplace safety, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment, responding to complaints, employment contracts, and managerial training.
Paula has been awarded the Super Lawyers’ “Rising Star” designation each year since 2015. In the legal community, Paula is a member of DRI, the Sooner Human Resources Society, Oklahoma City Human Resources Society, and SHRM. Paula has also taught Remedies as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
While in law school, Paula was a member of the Oklahoma Law Review and graduated with honors as a member of the Order of the Coif.
- Assisted in successfully defending an employer against a purported collective action for systemic age discrimination
- Successfully resolving claims against a Fortune 500 company for alleged violations of Title VII, Section 1981, the ADA/ADAAA, and the ADEA
- Providing advice and counsel on internal investigations involving policy violations and wage and hour issues
- Successfully convincing federal district court to dismiss lawsuit brought against client by its competitor for a variety of business torts
Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements:
- The Oklahoman – Q&A: OSHA delays new online injury reporting requirement (July 2017).
- Webinar: PREGNANCY, MATERNITY, AND PATERNITY: Some Sleepless Nights Can Be Avoided – Preventing Claims of Discrimination and Harassment Before They Start (June 2017).
- The Journal Record – Gavel to Gavel: Preventing pregnancy, maternity, paternity discrimination in workplace (June 2017).
- The Journal Record –EEOC increases pregnancy discrimination enforcement (May 2017).
- The Oklahoman – Q&A: Guidelines allow voluntary employer wellness programs (December 2016).
- The Journal Record –Employers face decisions about increasing salaries or paying overtime (May 2016).
- The Oklahoman – Chipotle case underscores right to post about working conditions (April 2016).
- Oklahoma Public Human Resources Association – Guest Lecturer – “FLSA: Back to Basics” (June 2014).
- Defense Research Institute’s Class Action Compendium – United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
- Please Plead Me: Ashcroft v. Iqbal and Implications for Oklahoma Pleading, 63 Okla. L. Rev. 865 (2010).