My Toughest Case: Julie Livaudais featured in New Orleans Magazine

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 | Posted in Site Blog
From New Orleans Magazine | November 2016
By Kimberley Singletary

Julie Livaudais, Chaffe McCall Partner and Labor & Employment Practice Area Chair, was featured in New Orleans Magazine “My Toughest Case…” series, which asks top attorneys about challenging cases in their legal career.

My Toughest Case: Employee vs. Employer

Although her father was a lawyer and then a federal judge, New Orleans native Julie Livaudais made her mind up in college that she was going to be a clinical psychologist. Just before leaving the Crescent City to pursue a Ph.D. at Cal Berkeley, however, Livaudais made a change, instead opting to attend law school close to home at Tulane University.

“As an employment lawyer, I get to be both a litigator and a counselor,” Livaudais says. “It’s the perfect mix of both. About 40 to 50 percent of what I do is litigation, and the rest is counseling businesses on things like hiring, firing, discipline and employee training.”

Livaudais says she see a lot of harassment, retaliation and disability discrimination claims these days.

“Disability is definitely an evolving area of the law,” she says. “Back in the day you used to lose your job if you became disabled; now companies work to accommodate disabilities.”
Retaliation lawsuits can result from an employee asserting a complaint and then finding him transferred or demoted.

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