Virginia E. Milton represents and advises employers on employment and labor law issues, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, overtime wages, job classifications, breach of contract, non-competition and non-solicitation violations, and breach of confidentiality/theft of trade secrets.
Virginia guides clients on best employment practices, mitigating risk, and handling employee issues pre-litigation. When matters cannot be resolved without a lawsuit, Virginia represents clients through written discovery, depositions, motion practice, and jury trial. She believes that listening and getting to know her clients’ business and people are the keys to identifying solutions that don’t just remedy a short-term problem, but also are consistent with long-term operations.
Virginia has represented employers in industries including transportation, hospitality and food service, oil and gas, healthcare, and technology. She has litigated matters and advised clients regarding claims arising under:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Texas Labor Code
- Texas Worker’s Compensation Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act
Some of Virginia’s successes and notable experiences include:
- Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of employer in Title VII sex discrimination lawsuit (Western District of Texas)
- Successfully appealed wage claim determination before the Texas Workforce Commission on behalf of national transportation company
- Successfully defended against an application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed by an employee bringing assault claim
- Investigated and responded to numerous Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) charges of discrimination resulting in no-cause determinations
- Drafted and revised handbook policies and employment contracts such as confidentiality, nondisclosure, and severance
- Advised employers on day-to-day employment practices, such as interviewing, employee discipline, requests for leave and accommodation, and terminations
- Led training sessions on employment policies, procedures, and the law for clients’ managers and employees.
Before entering law, Virginia worked in news media for NBC News and the Atlantic Media Company. Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, Virginia has also interned for the White House and on Capitol Hill.
While in law school, Virginia was editor-in-chief of The International Lawyer, the award-winning quarterly legal journal of the ABA’s International Law Section. Virginia was also a member of SMU Law’s National Moot Court team and a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
* Not licensed to practice law in Virginia.