Overview

Yvette V. Gatling practices in the area of employment and labor law litigation and consultation, representing clients in a broad range of matters. She has specific experience with claims that arise under:

  • Title VII
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act

She also litigates claims of race, sex, age, national origin and disability discrimination; ERISA retaliation; sexual harassment; and equal pay for corporate defendants. She practices in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor. She handles National Labor Relations Act matters, including union-free campaigns and elections.

Additionally, Yvette assists clients with wrongful discharge matters, union avoidance, reductions-in-force and compliance audits, including wage and hour audits. She frequently works with oil and gas companies, financial services companies.

Previously, Yvette served as law clerk to the Honorable Tucker L. Melançon, United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. In law school, she was a member and served as a senior editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Executive Committee

Labor and Employment

National Bar Association

2017-2018

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Houston Bar Association

Member

Houston Lawyers Association

Member, Board of Directors

National Employment Law Council

2012 Class Liason and Member, Leadership Symposium Planning Committee

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Former Board Member

Houston Community Voicemail

Recognition

Order of the Coif

Recipient, Rick Palmore Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Alumni Award

Speaking Engagements

Healthcare Roundtable

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 2, 2018

The Next Wave: Pay Equity Laws

SHRM Richmond, VA

February 13, 2018

Healthcare Industry Roundtable

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 10, 2017
2016 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 11, 2016
Newly Effective Texas Handguns Laws: What Does This Mean For Employers?

February 10, 2016
2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015
Furloughs, WARN, Reductions-in-Force and Other Cost-Savings Considerations in the $40 per Barrel Oil Economy

February 11, 2015
Wage & Hour Issues in the Oil Patch

December 2, 2014
Wage & Hour Issues in the Oil Patch

Houston, TX

October 24, 2014
The 2014 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 14, 2014

Litigation Armoring – Building Advance Defenses to Common Wage and Hour Class Claims

The 2013 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 22, 2013
The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TXDallas, TX

August 2, 2012

Business or Pleasure: The Challenges of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) Policies in the Workplace

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 2, 2012
2012 Littler Healthcare Summit: Critical Employment Law Issues Facing Healthcare Employers Today

Houston, TX

June 14, 2012
A New Generation of Regulation A Practical Perspective: ADAAA Final Regulations and the FMLA

Houston, TX

May 18, 2011
Reductions in Force

Houston, TX

March 12, 2009

Education

  • J.D., Louisiana State University, 1998
  • B.A., North Carolina State University, 1994

Bar Admission

Virginia
Texas

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 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