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Board Certified in Labor and Employment law, Hanna Norvell has 17 years of experience in defending and counseling employers in matters related to employment decisions or allegations made by employees, including those concerning compensation, hiring, termination, retaliation, harassment and discrimination (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), wages and hours (Fair Labor Standards Act), disability accommodation (ADA), leaves of absence, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), federal contractor obligations (OFCCP and others), layoffs/staff reductions (including WARN Act), military leave (USERRA), unemployment compensation, workers compensation, workplace violence or misconduct, employee privacy, internet/social media use, workplace investigations, drug testing, medical exams, employment handbooks and policies, and employee and management training.
Ms. Norvell has extensive experience in drafting, enforcing, and litigating executive and other employment agreements, compensation and benefits agreements, non-disclosure, non-competition, non-solicitation and non-hire agreements, and in litigating claims of tortious interference, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, breach of contract, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Ms. Norvell defends owners and operators of public accommodations in claims regarding inequitable access to or barriers to access facilities or services brought under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and comparable state laws. Ms. Norvell also advises owners and operators of public accommodations regarding compliance with the ADA, including the 1991 and 2010 versions of the ADAAG (ADA Accessibility Guidelines) and comparable state guidelines.
Ms. Norvell advises owners and managers of multi-family housing developments regarding Fair Housing Act (FHA) compliance and issues and defends claims of Fair Housing Act violations.
Ms. Norvell is Chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group, a member of the Firm's Board of Directors, Chair of the Firm’s Retail Industry Group, and co-chair of the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee. She has also served as co-Hiring Partner for the Houston Office and member of the Firm’s Alternative Fee Arrangement Committee, and on the Houston office Hiring and Diversity Committees. She is a frequent speaker and writer on employment-related legal issues.
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