Chaffe McCall Attorney Sarah Voorhies Myers

Sarah Voorhies Myers

Partner

As a partner in the Labor and Employment Section at Chaffe McCall,  Sarah Myers devotes her practice to representing employers and management in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Sarah regularly counsels public and private employers on a broad spectrum of issues including:

  • Employee discipline and termination
  • Reduction in force
  • Employee training
  • Employee drug testing
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wage-and-hour compliance
  • Breach of contract
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Federal contracting regulations
  • Implementation of employment policies and handbooks.

Sarah is also an experienced litigator in trials and appeals.  She regularly defends nationwide, regional, and local companies against claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and other federal, state, and local employment laws.  These cases have ranged from single-plaintiff cases to nationwide collective actions.  Sarah has particular experience defending employers in companywide and nationwide lawsuits involving claims of unpaid overtime, off-the-clock work, meal and rest periods, misclassification, and donning and doffing pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.  In defending these claims, Sarah directly coordinates and conducts nationwide and companywide discovery, prepares in- and out-of-state witnesses for deposition and trial, coordinates with some of the nation’s foremost wage-and-hour experts, argues procedural and dispositive motions before courts across jurisdictions, analyzes jury pools across jurisdictions, and ultimately prepares cases for trial.

Sarah also has substantial experience defending employers in administrative proceedings before the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.

Prior to joining the firm, Sarah served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  While attending Tulane University Law School, she was a member of the Tulane Law Review and the Order of the Coif.  She also served as a Senior Fellow of the Legal Research and Writing Program.  Sarah graduated summa cum laude as the Valedictorian of the College of Arts and Sciences of Loyola University New Orleans, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology, and recognized as the outstanding graduate in each of the following:  the English Department; the Psychology Department; and the University’s Honors Program.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Presenter, “Dealing with Union Organizing: Do’s and Don’ts,”  Associated Builders and Contractors Bayou Chapter Educational Seminar (March 2018)
  • Presenter, “Recent Development in Employment Law for Dealers,” Joint Annual Meeting for Mid-Atlantic, Deep South, and Southern Equipment Dealers Associations (February 2017)
  • Presenter, “Top FLSA Hazards for Contractors: Per Diem and Beyond,”  Associated Builders and Contractors Louisiana State Convention (July 2016)
  • Presenter, “FLSA Primer for Dealers.” Joint Summer Conference of Deep South and Southern Equipment Dealers Association (July 2016)
  • Presenter, “Federal Contracting in 2015: A Minefield of Opportunity,” Associated Builders and Contractors Louisiana State Convention (July 2015)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018 – 2020
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a “SuperLawyer,” 2016-2019
  • Selected as a “Future Star” and a “Labor & Employment Star” by Benchmark Litigation, 2019
  • Named as a “Top Lawyer” in Labor and Employment Law in New Orleans Magazine, 2012-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” 2013-2015
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Tulane Law School, Law Review Board of Advisory Editors
  • Federal Bar Association, Co-Chair Labor-and-Employment Committee
  • Junior League of New Orleans
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Bayou and Pelican Division, Member
  • Trustee, Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship and Craft Training Educational Trust
  • Adjunct Faculty, Tulane Law School, Legal Research and Writing, Spring 2013

 

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  • Defending aviation staffing company in a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving claims of unpaid minimum wage and overtime implicating nearly 7,000 employees across 24 locations
  • Defending national movie production company against claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate; assisted in securing summary judgment and award of costs and attorneys’ fees in favor of client
  • Defending multi-state energy company in a National Labor Relations Act action involving claims to clarify a bargaining unit; includes litigation at the NLRB, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Defending federal contractor and multi-state construction company in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving claims of misclassification of supervisors
  • Defending multi-state industrial construction company in Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving claims of unpaid time while traveling on buses to and from the industrial job site; secured summary judgment in favor of client
  • Defending multi-state construction company in six Fair Labor Standards Act cases involving more than a hundred claims of unpaid overtime, off-the-clock work, bussing time, and donning and doffing claims
  • Defending global oil production company in claims of supervisor sexual harassment and retaliation, which included alleged audio recordings of harasser; successfully excluded recordings from evidence and obtained complete summary judgment for client, as affirmed by United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Key Matters

  • Defending aviation staffing company in a nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving claims of unpaid minimum wage and overtime implicating nearly 7,000 employees across 24 locations
  • Defending national movie production company against claims of disability discrimination and failure to accommodate; assisted in securing summary judgment and award of costs and attorneys’ fees in favor of client
  • Defending multi-state energy company in a National Labor Relations Act action involving claims to clarify a bargaining unit; includes litigation at the NLRB, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Defending federal contractor and multi-state construction company in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving claims of misclassification of supervisors
  • Defending multi-state industrial construction company in Fair Labor Standards Act collective action involving claims of unpaid time while traveling on buses to and from the industrial job site; secured summary judgment in favor of client
  • Defending multi-state construction company in six Fair Labor Standards Act cases involving more than a hundred claims of unpaid overtime, off-the-clock work, bussing time, and donning and doffing claims
  • Defending global oil production company in claims of supervisor sexual harassment and retaliation, which included alleged audio recordings of harasser; successfully excluded recordings from evidence and obtained complete summary judgment for client, as affirmed by United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit