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Erin Pelleteri Howser

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Erin Pelleteri Howser concentrates her practice in the representation of employers on all aspects of employment issues, with an emphasis on wage and hour concerns.

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Represented an international company in primary and copycat matters involving nationwide FLSA and state law class action claims, resulting in the client incurring no out-of-pocket settlement contribution or attorneys' fees.

Represented a satellite television provider against claims brought by 25 plaintiffs, alleging misclassification and a joint employer theory of liability. Obtained summary judgment on the plaintiffs' claims.

Represented a general contractor in an action brought by multiple subcontractors alleging violations of the Louisiana Racketeering Act (Louisiana RICO). Obtained dismissal of claims with prejudice.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Howser has a broad employment law and litigation practice, with a particular focus on wage and hour and trade-secret/non-compete issues. Her practice also involves training and counseling employers on how to avoid litigation. When litigation does arise, Ms. Howser represents clients in state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Ms. Howser regularly defends complex wage and hour matters, including collective actions, involving claims for minimum wage, overtime, misclassification, and joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as state law wage claims in the construction, hospitality, telecommunications, and health care industries.

Ms. Howser's employment law experience also includes defending employers against claims brought under state discrimination statutes, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act before the EEOC, in mediation, and in state and federal courts. She also counsels clients on workplace investigations, termination and discipline decisions, severance negotiations, handbooks and policies, and routinely conducts in-person trainings on topics such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and diversity and inclusion.

In addition, Ms. Howser represents clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters with an emphasis on issues related to securities fraud, fiduciary breaches, and the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

Representative Matters
  • Represented an international company in primary and copycat matters involving nationwide FLSA and state law class action claims, resulting in the client incurring no out-of-pocket settlement contribution or attorneys' fees.

  • Represented a satellite television provider against claims brought by 25 plaintiffs, alleging misclassification and a joint employer theory of liability. Obtained summary judgment on the plaintiffs' claims.

  • Represented a general contractor in an action brought by multiple subcontractors alleging violations of the Louisiana Racketeering Act (Louisiana RICO). Obtained dismissal of claims with prejudice.

  • Represented a contractor in a nationwide collective action involving claims related to the classification of exempt or non-exempt overtime status, resulting in the plaintiffs voluntarily decertifying the collective action.

  • Represented a contractor in a collective action involving claims of misclassification seeking to certify workers on all projects in multiple states. Successfully had the certification limited to the single project.

  • Represented a satellite television provider in a nationwide collective action involving claims of minimum wage and overtime pay violations under the FLSA, resulting in the plaintiffs voluntarily decertifying the collective action.

  • Represented a contractor in a collective action involving multi-state claims related to misclassification and joint employer. Successfully had the collection limited to one project.

  • Represented a health care company in arbitration and litigation alleging claims related to breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unpaid compensation under state law.

  • Represented an individual defendant in a suit alleging securities fraud and seeking more than $2.9 million in damages. Obtained a dismissal with prejudice.

  • Extensive representation of national insurance companies in mass and individual first-party property claims following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed as a Louisiana Rising Star in Louisiana Super Lawyers in Business Litigation (2015 – 2019)
  • Named to 2018 Class CityBusiness "Women of the Year"
  • Named to the 2016 "Leadership in Law" class by CityBusiness
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine in Labor and Employment Law (2013)
  • Member – New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member – Louisiana Bar Association
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Recipient – Animal Legal Defense Fund's 2011 Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award
  • Executive Committee – Louisiana State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment (Chair, 2016 – 2017)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "The Inside Scoop: Understanding and Reducing Legal Risks in the Workplace" (December 2018)
  • Moderator – "Game On: Keeping ESI From Taking Over Your Case," New Orleans Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, Point Clear, Alabama (April 2018)
  • Presenter – "Employment Law Considerations in the Gig Economy," Current Developments in Labor and Employment Law CLE hosted by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State Bar Association (March 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "The EEOC's New Guidance on Retaliation," The Inside Scoop: Understanding and Reducing Legal Risks in the Workplace (New Orleans) (November 2017)
  • Co-presenter – "Employment Issues Facing Emerging Companies," 2017 Louisiana Life Sciences and Technology Symposium (September 2017)
  • Co-presenter – "A Winning To-Do List for Employers: Motivate, Manage and Minimize Risk (New Orleans)" (June 2016)
  • Co-presenter – "Shades of Gray in the FLSA," Current Developments in Labor and Employment Law CLE hosted by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State Bar Association (March 2014)
  • Co-presenter – "Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Ways to Solve Your Client's Pro Bono Problems" (February 2011)

Industries

Education

  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 2006
    • Member – Loyola Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
    • Order of the Barristers
    • William Crowe Scholar
  • Millsaps College, B.A., 2003, cum laude

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2006

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