Katrina Grider

Of Counsel Houston

Katrina Grider is Of Counsel in the Houston office of Ogletree Deakins.  Ms. Grider has over thirty years of extensive federal and state court labor and employment law litigation, administrative, counseling, and practice experience from both perspectives: management and enforcement.  Ms. Grider represents employers in state and federal courts, as well as in proceedings before the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. Ms. Grider counsels clients on administrative and judicial interpretations of various labor and employment laws, and assists clients in developing best policies and practices for personnel matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Grider maintained a management side labor and employment boutique solo practice for 20 years. Ms. Grider is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Experience

Ms. Grider conducts customized in-house seminars and training for managers, supervisors and employees concerning all aspects of EEO compliance, including but not limited to training regarding workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, management best practices regarding supervising employees, and best practices regarding personnel issues and documentation.

Ms. Grider also conducts internal investigations involving workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and related personnel matters.

Ms. Grider enjoys longstanding outreach partnerships with the Houston and Dallas EEOC District Offices and the San Antonio and New Orleans field offices by participating as a keynote speaker at the Technical Assistance Program (TAPS) Seminars for employers for 20 years.

Ms. Grider has handled over hundreds of EEOC administrative discrimination charges that have been dismissed by the Commission.

Ms. Grider has also assisted clients in DOL wage and hour audits.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • State Bar of Texas (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • State Bar College
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Society for Human Resources

Speeches:

  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Emerging From the Shadows: Avoiding Unconscious Bias in the Legal Department— and the Workplace'' - Boca Raton - November 11, 2017
  • Brazos Valley SHRM Luncheon - ''Hot Topics in Employment Law'' - Bryan - September 2017
  • Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Business Conferences Employment Law Update - ''Social Media, Background Checks, and Other Arresting Developments'' - San Antonio - September 2017
  • EEOC Technical Assistance Program for Employers, Houston District Office - ''All the Hard HR Questions We’ve Been Asked this Year'' - Houston - July 2017
  • TexasBarCLE, Texas Bar College 19th Annual Summer School - ''New Issues/Hot Topics in Employment Law'' - Galveston - July 2017
  • TexasBarCLE, Webcast - ''A Guide on Handling FOIA and PIA Requests: Employment Law'' - Austin - July 2017
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2017: Business and Corporate Counsel Section - ''New Issues/Hot Topics in Employment Law'' - Dallas - June 2017
  • Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Luncheon - ''Tips, Tricks and Strategies for Managing Leaves of Absence'' - Houston - February 2017
  • TexasBarCLE, 25th Annual Advanced Labor and Employment Law Course - ''Background Checks'' - Dallas - January 2017
  • U.T. 34th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute - ''Deconstructing the Employee Handbook'' - January 2017
  • Texas Workforce Commission 20th Annual Texas Workforce Conference - ''Survive and Thrive in 2017'' - Houston - December 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, Opening (or Running) Your First GP Office - ''Hot Topics in Employment Law'' - Austin - October 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Business Disputes Course 2016: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''Employment Cases and the FLSA'' - Houston - September 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Advanced In-House Counsel Course 2016: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''Wage and Hour and Independent Contractors: New Issues in Employment Law'' - Austin - August 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course 2016: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''HR Related Policies'' - Austin - August 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Texas Bar College Summer School Course 2016: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''Hot Topics in Employment Law'' - Galveston - July 2016
  • 2016 Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Nonprofit Organizations Conference - ''Social Media, Background Checks, and Other Arresting Developments'' - Plano - May 2016
  • U.T. 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Conference - ''Leaves of Absence Update'' - Austin - May 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, 8th Annual Course on Damages in Civil Litigation - ''Employment Damages'' - Houston - February 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Advanced Business Law Course 2016: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''Hot Topics in Employment Law'' - Dallas - 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, Employment Law 101 Course - ''Overview of Discrimination Statutes'' - Dallas - January 2016
  • U.T. 33rd Annual Nonprofit Organizations Compliance and Internal Review Workshop - ''Employment Issues for Nonprofit Organizations'' - Austin - January 2016
  • TexasBarCLE, 13th Annual Advanced Business Law Course - ''Hiring, Firing, and Discrimination'' - Houston - November 2015
  • TexasBarCLE, 12th Annual Advanced Workers’ Compensation Law Course - ''Background Checks, Social Media, and Other Arresting Developments'' - Austin - August 2015
  • TexasBarCLE, 14th Annual Advanced In-House Counsel Course - ''Avoiding Employment Litigation'' - San Antonio - August 2015
  • TexasBarCLE, Texas Bar College 17th Annual Summer School Course - ''Hiring, Firing, and Discrimination'' - Galveston - July 2015
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting - ''It’s a Social Media World: Learn and Live It!'' - San Antonio - June 2015
  • Texas School Nurse Administrators Association Annual Conference - ''The Reality of EEO Litigation'' - Austin - June 2015
  • U.T. 22nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - ''Strategies for Employee Leaves of Absence'' - Austin - May 2015
  • Houston Bar Association Spring/Summer Seminars - ''Background Checks & Social Media'' - Houston - April 2015
  • Houston Paralegal Association 12th Annual Spring Continuing Legal Education Conference - ''Background Checks & Social Media'' - Galveston - April 2015
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Essentials of Business Law Course 2015: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''Employment Law Hot Topics'' - Dallas - March 2015
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Advanced Employment Law Course 2015: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''81 Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Advanced Leave Issues'' - Dallas - January 2015
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Litigation Update 2015: A Collection of the Top-Rated Presentations - ''Employment Law Update - What You Don’t Know May Hurt You'' - San Antonio - January 2015
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Advanced Business Law Course 2014 - ''Employment Law Issues for Growing Businesses'' - 2014
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Advanced Civil Trial Course 2014 - ''Social Media Issues in Employment Law'' - 2014
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course 2014 - ''Employment Law: Dos and Don’ts'' - 2014
  • TexasBarCLE, Best of Health Law Course 2014 - ''Background Checks, Social Media and Other Arresting Developments'' - 2014
  • South Texas College of Law, 24th Annual Employment Law Conference - ''It’s a Social Media World: Learn It and Live It!'' - Houston - July 2011
  • TexasBarCLE and the College of the State Bar, 13th Annual State Bar College Summer School - ''It’s a Social Media World: Learn It and Live It!'' - Galveston - July 2011
  • U.T. School of Law, 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference - ''Advanced Leave Issues: FMLA, ADA/ADAAA, USERRA and WC Stuff'' - Austin - May 2011
  • TexasBarCLE, Essentials of Business Law 2011 - ''Best Practices in Hiring and Firing'' - Houston - April 2011
  • Leadership Houston Diversity Day - ''Managing the Multicultural and Multigenerational Workforce'' - Houston - 2011
  • TexasBarCLE and the Litigation Section, 27th Annual Litigation Update Institute - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - San Antonio - 2011
  • HBA Labor and Employment Law Section, Luncheon CLE Meeting - ''Advanced Leave Issues: FMLA, ADA/ADAAA, USERRA and WC Stuff'' - Houston - 2011
  • EEOC Technical Assistance Program for Employers, EEOC San Antonio District Office - ''Background Checks and Other Arresting Developments'' - San Antonio - 2011
  • National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS), Annual Conference - ''Managing Multicultural and Multigenerational Workforces'' - Dallas - 2011
  • 2011 EEOC Excel Conference, EEOC Washington, D.C. - ''The Art of Hiring Smart; The Interplay Between the ADA, ADAAA, FMLA and Worker’s Comp.'' - Washington D.C. - 2011
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