Jessica Glatzer Mason

Partner

Overview

Jessica Mason is a labor and employment attorney who represents employers and executives in their labor and employment litigation pre-trial, trial and appellate matters around the United States and before administrative agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Jessica has particular experience in the area of unfair competition and the protection of trade secrets. She regularly represents clients in the courtroom in matters relating to non-competition agreements and theft of trade secrets, including frequently defending and prosecuting applications for emergency relief. Jessica’s experience in this area allows her to provide advice to employers at all stages of these disputes.

Jessica has an active docket of wage and hour litigation as well as significant experience in managing complaints and litigation relating to discrimination and harassment, including claims made under Title VII and state law. She also advises employers and handles claims relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as employment policies, EEO compliance, hiring and termination decisions, executive agreements and separations, a wide range of personnel issues, and other workplace issues. In addition, Jessica also has the understanding to advise clients on compliance with premises accessibility under the ADA, including website accessibility for the blind.

Furthermore, Jessica regularly teams with employers to provide guidance and training relative to preventative measures that reduce litigation and complaints and limit liability.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted employers in classification of employees as exempt or nonexempt and provided advice with regard to competitive pay strategies

Unfair Competition Representation

  • Represented an innovative plastics solutions company in a suit filed against former employees where a jury returned a multimillion-dollar verdict establishing the trade secret nature of the technology and the misappropriation by the defendants
  • Represented professional services companies in several cases against employees for misappropriation of confidential information, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of non-solicitation agreements
  • Represented chemical company in defense of application for temporary injunction after founders’ former employer sought to restrain activities of new company
  • Represented utility company on suit against former employee and his new employer for unfair competition, obtaining broad injunctive relief

Trial and Litigation Experience

  • Represented chemical company against harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed by employee in federal court with successful results on summary judgment
  • Represented temporary staffing agency against discrimination claim based on criminal background check filed by applicant
  • Represent companies in both defending and prosecuting claims based on executive employment contracts
  • Represented foreign defendant in special appearance hearing to avoid jurisdiction of Texas courts
  • Represented employers in wage and hour disputes under the Fair Labor Standards Act for improper payment or classification of workers, including several collective actions by current and former employees

Representation Involving Federal and State Retaliation and Discrimination Laws

  • Represented oil and gas services companies in many instances of litigation and charges filed by former employees alleging race, age, sex, and national origin discrimination
  • Represented professional services companies in defending claims regarding disability and failure to accommodate
  • Represented professional services companies in defending claims regarding disability, and failure to accommodate
  • Represented numerous companies in conducting on-site audits and analysis for compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires the removal of obstacles that might limit access by disabled individuals
  • Represented companies in matters relating to accessibility of websites and online presences relating to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Pro-Active Preventative Counseling and Representation

  • Investigate and respond to EEOC and state agency charges of discrimination
  • Assisting employers in developing and managing ADA and FMLA leaves, policies and practices
  • In-house training of employers on anti-discrimination and respectful workplace training
  • Conduct training of managers regarding strategies to avoid litigation or governmental investigations
  • Draft policies and procedures and guidelines to help companies comply with federal and state laws
  • Assist employers in the documentation and initiation of terminations and mass layoffs in conjunction with federal and state laws, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, OWBPA and WARN
  • Train HR on handling harassment and discrimination complaints
  • Assist premises owners and operators in complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act relating to the accessibility of public accommodations

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Anti-Defamation League, Executive Committee
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Labor Law – Management (2020)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Employment & Labor (2017)
  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Employment & Labor (2010, 2012-2017)
  • Recipient, Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, Anti-Defamation League (2011)

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, (2005), magna cum laude
    • Alumni Developments Editor, Houston Law Review
    • Member, Order of the Coif; Member, Order of the Barons Honor Society
    • Recipient, Neel & Hooper P.C. Award (displaying aptitude and skills of a promising labor and employment attorney)
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, (1999)
    • English and Sociology
    • Member, English Honor Society
    • Member, Sociology Honor Society

Admissions

  • Texas (2005)
  • Texas State Courts (2005)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Capabilities