Overview

Nehal S. Anand is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters arising under federal and state laws, including:

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religious, sex, age, or disability
  • Harassment in the workplace
  • Retaliation, including worker’s compensation retaliation
  • Retaliation and interference with rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Wage and hour disputes
  • Breach of contract and state tort claims such as assault, defamation, fraud, misrepresentation, tortious interference and intentional infliction of emotional distress

Nehal’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation. Nehal has obtained several favorable rulings on summary judgment in cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, hostile work environment, race discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation, and FMLA violations.

In 2017 and 2019, Nehal prevailed in two federal jury trials — single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff — involving allegations of discrimination and FMLA violations against a healthcare company.   

Nehal also assists employers with responding to administrative charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and claims for unemployment benefits or unpaid wages before the Texas Workforce Commission. In addition, she counsels employers in best practices on employment law matters, including:

  • Reviewing and drafting employee handbooks and policies
  • Hiring, performance management and termination
  • Auditing wage and hour policies and practices to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Conducting investigations related to employee misconduct, discrimination, harassment or retaliation
  • Assessing employee accommodation requests to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act
  • Preventing discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims

Nehal works with both large and small companies and often works with clients in the retail, healthcare, hospitality, staffing, and energy industries.

Nehal is a member of the firm’s Diversity Advisory Group and is the co-chair of the subcommittee responsible for tracking and promoting diversity within the firm.

During law school, Nehal served as a judicial intern for the Hon. David Hittner, U. S. District Judge, Southern District of Texas. In law school, she was a notes and comments editor for the South Texas Law Review and served as an advocate and brief-writer for the nationally-recognized South Texas College of Law Moot Court Team.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Secretary

Labor and Employment Law Section

Houston Bar Association

Member

Houston Young Lawyers Association

Member

Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston

Director

Tyson’s Pals Rescue

Member

South Asian Bar Association

Recognition

Named, First Place

Spurgeon E. Bell Intramural Moot Court Competition

Best Speaker

Spurgeon E. Bell Intramural Moot Court Competition

Best Brief Award

Spurgeon E. Bell Intramural Moot Court Competition

Recipient, Best Brief Award

National Appellate Advocacy Competition

American Bar Association

Recipient, Second Place Brief Award

Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition

Recipient, Outstanding Debater and Researcher of the Year

University of Richmond

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

Schedules, Scarfs, and Shots, Oh My! Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

2019 Houston Employer Conference, Houston, TX

August 8, 2019

2018 Legal Update: Washington, the Supreme Court and Beyond…

2018 Houston Employer Conference, Houston, TX

August 8, 2018

Panel - #MeToo - Now What

Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas - Annual Conference

April 27, 2018

Conducting Efficient, Effective and Lawful Workplace Investigations

2017 Littler Houston Employer Conference

August 10, 2017

Hiring and Firing: Increase Profit and Limit Liability

HR Workshop, 2017 Asian American Hotel Owners Association’s National Convention

April 13, 2017

ADA Accommodations and the Interactive Process

Littler Mendelson and BB&T – Labor and Employment Webinar Series

October 11, 2016

2016 Employment Law Update and the DOL’s New Overtime Rule

Washington County Chamber of Commerce

September 28, 2016

The DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime

Asian American Hotel Owners Association Conference

August 30, 2016

2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016

Social Media and Beyond - Addressing Employee Conduct in 2015

Brazos Valley SHRM Business Seminar

September 15, 2015

2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015

What’s Happening at the Federal Level: Legislative, Agency, Supreme Court, and Fifth Circuit Update

2015 Houston Employer Conference

Littler, Houston, TX

August 13, 2015

Social Media and Beyond

Houston Bar Association, Houston, TX

July 17, 2015

Social Media and Beyond

The HR Professional 2015 - HR Houston, Houston, TX

May 14, 2015

Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: “It’s [Not] Elementary, My Dear Watson!"

March 24, 2015

The Changing Landscape of Legal Education: Employer’s Perspective

Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court

November 4, 2014

Hiring, Performance Management and Termination

Labor & Employment Webinar Series - Littler Mendelson and BB&T

September 18, 2014

Future of Contingent Workers: Employer, Employee and Independent Contractors – Oh My!

The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

Social Media: Effective Recruiting Tool or Employer Nightmare?

Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court

November 12, 2013

Ethical Issues for Corporate Counsel

The 2013 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 22, 2013

Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 2, 2012

FRCP Rule 26 Changes: Curbing the Fear Regarding Expert Communications

Garland Walker American Inns of Court

November 1, 2011

Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now

National Business Institute

October 26, 2011

Arbitration Agreements: Class Action Arbitration after Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. Animal Feeds International Corp.

Garland Walker American Inns of Court

March 1, 2011

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2009summa cum laude
  • B.A., University of Richmond, 2006cum laude

Languages

  • Gujarati

Bar Admission

Texas

Courts

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