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Cary Farris

Shareholder; Chair, Labor, Employment & Immigration Practice Group

Cary Farris is a member of Winstead’s Labor, Employment & Immigration Practice Group. He represents businesses in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including discrimination and harassment class actions, ADA and FMLA cases, wage and hour cases, government agency audits, and collective bargaining negotiations. Cary works with clients ranging from large manufacturing companies with facilities across the country to smaller businesses seeking practical solutions to labor and employment law issues.

Cary has litigated significant federal employment law cases in multiple district courts, appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court. He has extensive class action experience, including multiple class certification hearings and appeals.

Cary also works with clients to prevent lawsuits before they happen by working with them on daily issues that arise in the workplace and by conducting dozens of management training sessions each year on discrimination and harassment issues, ADA and FMLA compliance, hiring and promotions processes, affirmative action compliance, and best practices for counseling employees. 

Cary is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Experience

Class Action Cases:  Has served as counsel in a number of class action cases alleging discrimination in hiring, promotions, and a hostile work environment and defeated class certification on multiple occasions.

ADA and FMLA Cases:  Has defended numerous lawsuits based on claims of disability discrimination and retaliation under the FMLA. 

Hiring and Promotions Processes:  Has worked with employers and industrial-organizational psychologists to develop sound hiring and promotions processes for business of all sizes. 

Employment-Related Agreements:  Works with employers regularly to draft legally sound severance agreements, executive compensation agreements, non-competes, and confidentiality agreements. 

Administrative Claims:  Works regularly with employers to defend claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

Labor Issues:  Conducts collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of employers, advises employers on union-related issues, and provides advice to companies who seek to acquire a unionized facility.  Has represented employers during significant work stoppages and Unfair Labor Practice Charges before the NLRB.