Monique Gougisha Doucette

Shareholder || New Orleans

Ms. Doucette joined Ogletree Deakins in 2009 and is a shareholder in New Orleans, Louisiana. She practices primarily in the area of employment litigation and represents management in claims arising under various federal and state employment laws. Ms. Doucette has significant experience litigating employment matters in a variety of business sectors such as construction, energy, banking and hospitality. She also has expertise in workplace misconduct and sexual harassment issues. Ms. Doucette regularly conducts customized workplace respect and anti-harassment training for employers.

Ms. Doucette is a frequent speaker on various employment law topics and contributing author to publications such as the Louisiana Bar Journal, New Orleans CityBusiness and HR Magazine. She is also an avid supporter of the local arts and education in New Orleans by serving on the executive board of directors for the New Orleans Ballet Association and the Arts Council of New Orleans, as well as the board of directors for Urban League of Louisiana and the advisory board for the New Orleans Opera Association. She is a member of the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the American Inns of Court and serves as a co-chair on the ABA Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee’s Diversity Initiative Task Force. In 2018, Ms. Doucette was appointed to the board of directors of the New Orleans chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as the board attorney. 

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Ms. Doucette has obtained summary judgments or dismissals on behalf of clients in a variety of cases and successfully defended those decisions in the appellate courts. Some of her successful summary judgments or dismissals include:

  • (2018) United States District Court, N.D. Ala. – Obtained summary judgment and full dismissal of sexual harassment and retaliation claims on behalf of a global engineering, procurement, and construction company
  • (2018) United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Conducted oral argument before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and successfully obtained a decision affirming the district court’s dismissal of a Title VII quid pro quo sexual harassment and constructive discharge claim
  • (2017) United States District Court, E.D. La. – Obtained summary judgment and full dismissal of sexual harassment, defamation, constructive discharge and invasion of privacy claims on behalf of a national financial services firm
  • (2017) United States District Court , E.D. La. – Obtained 12(b)(6) dismissal of ADA claim brought by pro se plaintiff alleging unlawful termination based on medical disabilities
  • (2016) United States District Court, M.D. La. – Obtained summary judgment dismissal of race discrimination and retaliation claim filed against national shipbuilding corporation
  • (2016) Louisiana State Supreme Court – Secured affirmation of district court’s dismissal of wrongful termination, defamation and tortious conversion claim against one of the nation’s largest banks
  • (2016) 22nd Judicial District Court of Louisiana – Dismissed an invasion of privacy claim alleging an unlawful search by employer under Louisiana tort law against national shipbuilding corporation
  • (2015) United States District Court, S.D. Tx. – Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a multi-national oilfield equipment provider dismissing race discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims in their entirety after a three week jury trial
  • (2014) United States Dept. of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges – Secured summary judgment dismissal of a retaliation claim brought under the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) on behalf of one of the largest shipyards in the South.
  • (2014) United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Obtained a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming dismissal of Title VII discrimination and retaliation, as well as state law whistleblower claims, against national staffing agency
  • (2013) United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Obtained a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming dismissal of race discrimination claim alleging unlawful failure to hire by the world’s largest aerospace company.
  • (2012) United States District Court, E.D. La. – Obtained dismissal of race discrimination and retaliation claims against the largest construction company in Louisiana, including an award for sanctions and attorney’s fees on behalf of employer
  • (2011) United States District Court, W.D. La. – Secured summary judgment dismissal of Title VII failure to promote and discrimination claims under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) against one of the world’s largest banks
  • (2010) United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit – Obtained Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming dismissal of sexual harassment and retaliation claim against one of the nation’s largest freight companies
  • (2010) United States District Court, W.D., La. – Obtained summary judgment dismissal of a plaintiff’s ADEA and ADA claim alleging unlawful termination based on age and disability status on behalf of national insurance company

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 2002
  • B.A., Political Science, Loyola University, 1999

Admittance to Practice

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • National Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • American Bar Association (Management Liaison, Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession committee, Labor & Employment Law Section; Employment Rights & Responsibilities committee, Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • American Inns of Court (New Orleans, A.P. Tureaud Chapter)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • National Employment Law Council

Speeches

  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) Annual Career Strategies Conference - "The Retaliation is Equally as Bad as the Harassment: Strategies for Law Departments to Ensure their Anti-Harassment/Retaliation Policies Truly Work" - New York City - October 2018
  • NOLA Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition - "An Update on Title VII and the Implications on Conscious Leadership" - New Orleans - September 2018
  • A.P. Tureaud Inns of Court Ethics CLE (Panelist) - "Media Coverage of High Profile Cases: Ethical Challenges for Judges and Lawyers" - New Orleans - August 2018
  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting - "Whistleblowing Across America: The Interplay Between State and Federal Law" - Clearwater - March 2018
  • Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management (LA SHRM) Diversity & Inclusion Summit - "Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Programs: How to Prevail and Avoid the Pitfalls" - New Orleans - February 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins New Orleans CLE - "Navigating the Harassment Hailstorm: An Interactive Workshop on Preventing, Investigating and Correcting Harassment in the Workplace" - New Orleans - November 2017
  • NOLA Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition - "Sexual Orientation, Sex Stereotyping, Gender Discrimination and the Expanding Protections under Title VII" - New Orleans - September 2017
  • Federal Bar Association Professionalism CLE (Panelist) - "Perspectives from the Bench and Bar on the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion" - New Orleans - May 2017
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Council 2016 Sizzlin’ Summer Seminar - "Labor/Employment Update" - New Orleans - August 2016
  • Louisiana Bar Association Employment Law Update 2016 (Panelist) - "Practice Panel: A Discussion of Hot Issues in Employment Litigation From Both Sides of the Table" - New Orleans - August 2016
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Annual Meeting (Panelist) - "Religious Discrimination and Accommodations after the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Abercrombie" - Philadelphia - November 2015
  • Louisiana SHRM Annual Conference - "The Fair Labor Standards Act: New Rules, More Litigation" - New Orleans - October 2015
  • Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, Advanced Labor Topics 2014 - "Workplace Bullying as an Emerging Claim" - New Orleans - May 2014
  • American Bar Association CLE Young Lawyers Division webinar (Panelist) - "Workplace Bullying: An Examination Under the NLRA and OSHA" - March 2014
  • National Bar Association 17th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference (Panelist) - "Business and Legal Risks Surrounding Social Media – Unblurring the Lines" - Austin - February 2014
  • American Bar Association CLE Specialty Program webinar (Panelist) - "FLSA and the Unpaid Intern: To Pay or Not to Pay?" - June 2013
  • National Employment Law Council (NELC) Annual Conference - "Workplace Investigations: Human Resources and Compliance on Trial" - Houston - April 2013
  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting (Panelist) - "To Pay or Not to Pay: Unpaid Interns and the FLSA" - Miami - March 2013
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Annual Meeting (Moderator/Panelist) - "Harassment By Any Other Name Would Cost as Dear" - Atlanta - November 2012
  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting (Panelist) - "Hit Me: The New Whistleblower Laws" - Las Vegas - March 2012
  • National Bar Association 25th Annual Corporate Counsel Conference (Panelist) - "The Social Media Revolution" - Miami - February 2012
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter Annual CLE Luncheon - "Whistleblower and Retaliation Update" - New Orleans - December 2011
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter CLE Seminar - "Regulatory Review – A Look at the Current Initiatives of Federal Agencies with Respect to the Workplace" - New Orleans - October 2011
  • National Bar Association 86th Annual Convention (Moderator/Panelist) - "Jeopardy in the Workplace" - Baltimore - August 2011
  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting (Panelist) - "From the Rain Forest to Rain Making" - San Juan - March 2011
  • Association of Corporate Counsel – Louisiana Fall Chapter CLE Luncheon - "Social Networking Sites: Treasure Trove or Liability Trap" - New Orleans - December 2010
  • National Bar Association’s 85th Annual Conference - "Jeopardy in the Workplace" - New Orleans - August 2010
  • ABA ERR Midwinter Meeting (panelist) - "Strategies for Meeting Diversity Goals in the Legal Profession: Practical and Legal Challenges Faced by Employers Tackling Affirmative Action and Diversity Issues" - San Diego - March 2010
  • ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting - "Employment Torts" - Key West - March 2009
  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting (Panelist) - "Employment Torts" - Key West - March 2009
  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting (Panelist) - "Workplace Privacy: Building Strong Foundations/Litigation Skills Training Seminar" - Dana Point - April 2008
  • ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee Mid-Winter Meeting - "Workplace Privacy" - Dana Point - March 2008
  • July 13, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Title VII Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Litigation"
  • March 21, 2018 - New Orleans CityBusiness - "Op-Ed: A forecast into the future of Title VII: sexual orientation as the new protected class"
  • March 1, 2018 - New Orleans CityBusiness - "Op-Ed: Harassment by emojis: Leaving employers at a loss for words"
  • July 15, 2013 - SHRM.org - "Volunteer Firefighter Not 'Employee' Under Title VII"
  • 2011 - BNA Books (contributing author) - "Employment At Will: A State-by-State Survey"
  • March 2010 - ABA Employment Rights & Responsibilities Committee, Diversity Outreach Task Force - "Strategies for Meeting Diversity Goals in the Legal Profession: Practical and Legal Challenges Faced by Employers Tackling Affirmative Action and Diversity Issues"
  • April 2007 - HR Magazine - "Family Responsibility Discrimination: Forcing Employers to Reconsider the Traditional Notion of the ‘Ideal’ Employee"
  • August/September 2005 - Louisiana Bar Journal - "Opening New Doors, Blazing New Trails: Diversity Initiatives of Invitation-Only Organizations"
  • October/November 2004 - Louisiana Bar Journal - "Recent Developments in Labor/Employment Law"
  • 2004 - American Bar Association - 4th ed. (contributing editor) - "The Developing Labor Law - 2004 Cumulative Supplement"
  • March 28, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Discriminatory April Fools’ Pranks Are No Joking Matter"
  • November 14, 2013 - Employment Law Daily - "Strategic Perspectives - ABA Panel Tackles the Tough Issue of Workplace Bullying"
  • March 28, 2013 - Daily Labor Report - "Unpaid Internships Herald Legal Implications Under FLSA, Recent Case Law, Speakers Say"
  • Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law, Management
  • Fellow, 2012 Leadership Council for Legal Diversity
  • Honoree, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2011 Women of the Year
  • Recipient, Loyola University New Orleans John G. Arnold Cardinal Key Commencement Award for Outstanding Female Graduate
  • Semi-finalist, Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition
  • Senior Justice, Tulane Moot Court Board
  • Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA

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