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Stephen J. Quezada

Associate Houston

Stephen represents employers in a variety of labor & employment litigation, including suits under Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, the FLSA, and the Texas Labor Code. Stephen also routinely counsels managers and human resources professionals on day-to-day employment matters, and provides training (in English and Spanish) on a variety of topics including workplace investigations, harassment and discrimination, wage and hour compliance, Form I-9/employment authorization compliance, and best practices.

Stephen has also handled investigations and matters before the EEOC, Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Stephen practiced at a Houston-based labor, employment, and immigration law firm handling various employment law matters on behalf of employers.

Stephen received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. While in law school, Stephen was an articles editor on the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal. He received his B.B.A., summa cum laude, in accounting from the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business.

Stephen is fluent in Spanish and is able to assist clients with large Spanish-speaking workforces in investigations and training.


Experience

  • July 2018 – Second chaired four day jury trial in James Patterson and Antonio May v. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division), in which plaintiffs contended that they were retaliated against for reporting alleged unsafe work conditions, in violation of the Seaman’s Protection Act. Complete defense verdict after about 45 minutes of jury deliberation.
  • February 2018 – Second chaired temporary injunction hearing in NurseCore Management Services, LLC v. LaShaunda Autrey (Harris County District Court), in which client sought to enjoin former employee’s misappropriation and depletion of company funds. Temporary injunction entered in client’s favor.
  • July 2017 – First chaired two day temporary injunction hearing in DSW Homes, LLC v. George Johnson and Ducky Johnson Home Elevation (Galveston County District Court), in which client sought to enforce non-compete agreement against employee and his new employer. Temporary injunction entered in client’s favor.
  • March 2017 - First chaired grievance arbitration in matter involving a union employee’s challenge of her termination, claiming the employer lacked just cause to terminate her employment within the meaning of the Labor Agreement. Grievance denied.
  • September 2016 – First chaired preliminary injunction hearing in DNOW L.P. v. Chidinma Chisimdi “Janet” Okoro (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division), in which client sought to enjoin misappropriation and depletion of company funds. Preliminary injunction entered in client’s favor.
  • Obtained dismissal of a former employee’s claims of systemic discrimination, disparate impact discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer on a former employee’s race, color, and age failure to promote claims.
  • Obtained Temporary Restraining Order against former employee for making threats of violence against his former co-workers.
  • Obtained Temporary Restraining Order against four former employees for misappropriating confidential information and for breaching their non-compete agreements
  • Represented public college and private employer in systemic and disparate impact discrimination investigations before the EEOC
  • Represented various private employers in investigations before the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division
  • Represented employers in wage and hour collective action litigation alleging misclassification, minimum wage and overtime wage violations, and tip-pool violations
  • Represented employers in sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation cases under Title VII and the Texas Labor Code.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section)
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston (Board Member)
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Friends of DePelchin (Board Member)

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