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Allison C. Williams represents and advises employers on all matters of labor and employment law in state and federal court. Her practice focuses on class and collective action wage and hour disputes as well as single-plaintiff discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims. Allison represents clients against claims including:

  • Misclassification as independent contractors
  • Misclassification as exempt from overtime
  • Failure to pay overtime and/or minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Employment-related common law claims under Texas law, including breach of contract, fraud and fraud in the inducement, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment
  • Failure to comply with wage and hour obligations under California state law
  • Violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

Allison’s prior work includes the following results:

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order affirming the district court’s order compelling arbitration of wage and hour claims based on alleged misclassification and confirming that a district court must consider and determine arbitration issue before entertaining arguments on conditional certification in collective action
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order affirming the district court’s order granting complete summary judgment of employee’s claims for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Successfully defended employer in bench trial in which plaintiff alleged discrimination and failure to pay “deemed compensation” under USERRA
  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims for breach of contract, failure to pay wages under the FLSA, and various theories of breach of contract against client, with prejudice
  • Numerous district court orders dismissing state law causes of action pled with claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, whereby the court declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction
  • Obtained complete dismissal by the Texas Workforce Commission of claims for failure to pay commissions
  • Numerous successes in defending against motions for Rule 23 class certification, including obtaining complete denials of certification for contentious wage and hour claims against national beverage client and transportation client
  • Successfully narrowed scope of putative class from alleged nationwide collective to statewide collective, thereby significantly reducing potential exposure

In addition to representing clients in litigation, Allison has represented clients during investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Workforce Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Before joining Littler, Allison interned with the Hon. Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. After graduating from law school, she was a litigation associate at another national law firm in Texas where she represented state employers against Section 1983 claims, wrongful termination, failure to protect, failure to train, and negligent hiring claims. She also represented employers in various maritime disputes, including claims for maintenance and cure.

Afiliaciones Profesionales y Comunitarias

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Committee Member: Lawyers for Literacy; Fun Run

Houston Bar Association

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Association of Women Attorneys

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Young Professionals Group of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

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Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce

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Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce – Southwest Chapter

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San Diego County Bar Association

News, Analysis & Press

The #MeToo Movement: What we have learned and where we need to go

Texas Bar Journal

December 2018

Speaking Engagements

Employer Actions in a Post-Pandemic Climate

Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce

August 6, 2020

Employer Actions in a Prolonged Pandemic Climate

Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce

July 30, 2020

Effectively Navigating Employment Laws When Operating in Texas and California

Webinar

October 16, 2019

DOL’s PAID Program

Texas City - La Marque Chamber of Commerce

March 19, 2019

Insider Education Series – DOL’s PAID Program

Greater Houston Restaurant Association

October 10, 2018

Timely Talk About Wage and Hour Law: Day Rate Issues Impacting Employers

August 28, 2018

Redefining Employment Relationships And Responsibilities In The Gig Economy

2018 Littler Houston Employer Conference

August 8, 2018

Wage and Hour Class Action Avoidance

2017 Littler Houston Employer Conference

August 10, 2017

Educación

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2010
  • B.A., Southwestern University, 2007

Admisión de la barra

California
Texas

Cortes

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas