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Austin Kaplan Discusses Omni Hotels Pregnancy Discrimination Case on KVUE

In a recent segment focusing on the ongoing Omni Hotels pregnancy discrimination case, Austin Kaplan discusses with KVUE how commonplace pregnancy discrimination is now.

“It is disturbingly common in this town to be discriminated against after you announce a pregnancy,” Kaplan told KVUE. Kaplan said efforts to resolve the issue with Omni failed, so in September, they filed the lawsuit for pregnancy discrimination.

Full coverage at KVUE

Julia Teague v. Omni Hotels Press Release

Kaplan Law Firm recently filed an important pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Omni Hotels Management Corporation and TRT Holdings, Inc.

The plaintiff, Julia Teague, alleges that Omni made the decision to fire her from her Director of Marketing job at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa after learning she was pregnant and would be taking FMLA leave to care for her newborn child.

Teague is represented by Austin Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm. (more…)

Austin Kaplan Weighs in on St. Edward’s University Censure

As the attorney representing Katie Peterson, Austin Kaplan was quoted in a recent Statesman article about St. Edward’s University’s addition to the American Association of University Professors Censure List.

“Austin-based attorney Austin Kaplan, who is representing Peterson, said the lawsuit against the university is a ‘result of the culture at (St. Edward’s) to unfortunately sweep the issues of harassment and retaliation under the rug.’”

Read the entire article at Statesman.

Austin Kaplan Quoted on DHS Contractor Firing

Austin Kaplan was recently quoted in an article about Wondercheck v. Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. on Law 360.

“Austin Harris Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm PLLC, who represents Wondercheck, told Law360 the type of fraud alleged here is ‘unfortunately a fact pattern we see across Texas over and over again.’ He attacked Maxim’s stated reason for firing his client — waiting too long to report the fraud — as absurd. ‘Of course there’s no such policy because reporting the fraud at any point in time is better than not reporting it at all,’ he said. ‘So no one would have such a policy like that… because that would further dissuade people from reporting. In fact, if they had such a policy it might violate [the law].’”

Read the entire piece on Law 360.

Wondercheck v. Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. Press Release & Petition

June 21, 2019 AUSTIN, TEXAS — Kaplan Law Firm, LLC recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging federal contractor Maxim Healthcare Service retaliated against its employee for reporting fraud at an immigrant detention facility.

The Plaintiff, whistleblower Laura Wondercheck, is represented by Austin Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm. (more…)

Cureton v. Signature Healthcare Services, LLC & Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, LLC Press Release

June 4, 2019 AUSTIN, TEXAS — Kaplan Law Firm, LLC filed a wrongful termination and retaliation lawsuit on May 23, 2019 against Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, LLC (GBHI) and Signature Healthcare Services, LLC. 

The plaintiff, Joy Cureton, alleges GBHI fired her after she reported safety concerns to the Joint Commission and to her supervisors. Cureton is represented by Austin Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm. (more…)

Peterson v. St. Edwards on KVUE

“In the Me Too era, every institution, every employer, obviously universities have to take reports of sexual harassment extraordinary seriously” — Austin Kaplan

Coverage on KVUE

Peterson v. St. Edwards Press Release & Petition

June 18, 2019 AUSTIN, TEXAS — Kaplan Law Firm, LLC recently filed a sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and retaliation lawsuit against St. Edward’s University.

The plaintiff, Dr. Katie Peterson, alleges a Dean at St. Edward’s sexually harassed her and that St. Edward’s failed to take appropriate action against him.  Instead, the University fired her for reporting the harassment.  

Peterson is represented by Austin Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm.


Llano Police Department Indictments

Austin Kaplan, serving as Cory Nutt’s attorney, confirms the charges were later dropped against his client in this Llano Police department case.

Coverage on KXAN

Austin Kaplan Featured on KXAN Investigation of Texas DPS Harassment

Austin Kaplan discusses concerns of possible retaliation in this six-month KXAN investigation of Texas Department of Transportation harassment.

Coverage on KXAN

Austin Kaplan Featured on KXAN TxDOT Harassment Investigation Profile

Austin Kaplan suggested government employers sometimes fall short when it comes to workers’ allegations and complaints in this KXAN TxDOT feature.

Coverage on KXAN

Austin Kaplan Discusses Rise in Response to Sexual Harassment on KVUE

In a report on KVUE, Kaplan Law Firm Founder and Managing Attorney Austin Kaplan discusses the recent rise in people ready to take action and your next steps in workplace sexual harassment situation.

Coverage on KVUE

Austin Kaplan Featured in KVUE Report on Austin Tech Sexual Harassment

In a 7-part KVUE study on the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in Austin’s tech companies, Kaplan Law Firm Founder and Managing Attorney Austin Kaplan discussed next options when an employer retaliates following a sexual harassment complaint.

Coverage on KVUE

Kaplan Law Firm Founder and Managing Attorney Austin Kaplan Named Austinite of the Year

At the Austin under 40 awards, Austin Kaplan received the award in the legal category and went on to receive prestigious recognition as “Austinite of the Year.” Kaplan is the founder and managing attorney at Kaplan Law Firm, which focuses on employment and civil rights issues. He represents clients on a wide-range of matters including breach of employment contract, discrimination, wage and hour violations, marriage equality, and much more.

Coverage on CultureMap Austin

Kaplan Law Firm Secures $219,500 Collective Action Settlement for Workers’ Unpaid Wages

Kaplan Law Firm, PLLC and co-counsel Central Texas attorney Edmond Moreland recently settled a nationwide wage and hour collective action on behalf of 46 plaintiffs located across the country, including a plaintiff in Austin, TX.  The total maximum settlement value was $219,500, with $88,000 in attorneys’ fees and expenses, and a maximum amount of $131,500 available to be claimed by plaintiffs and the settlement class.

Collective Action Settlement Press Release

Austin Attorney Mr. Austin H. Kaplan Honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Mr. Austin H. Kaplan with Kaplan Law Firm, PLLC has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Mr. Kaplan’s contributions to the legal profession.

Texas Bar Foundation Press Release

Couple Believed to Be First in Nation to Take Legal Action to Secure Same-sex Spousal Benefits from a Faith-based Employer after Supreme Court’s Ruling

Action affects up to 30,000 employees

Kaplan Law Firm, PLLC and O’Connell & Soifer LLP are pleased to announce that pursuant to legal action taken by their clients, CHRISTUS Health has agreed to change its health benefits plan so that coverage will now extend to all legally married couples, including same-sex couples.  CHRISTUS is a Catholic non-profit health system that includes more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, primarily in Texas and Louisiana.  This is believed to be the first time since the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision that a same-sex couple has taken legal action and secured healthcare benefits from a faith-based employer.

Roberts Press Release

Hood County Believed to Be First in Nation to Pay Financial Settlement for Refusing to Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses

O’Connell & Soifer LLP and Kaplan Law Firm PLLC are pleased to announce the settlement of their clients’ marriage equality lawsuit, James Cato and Jody Stapleton v. Katie Lang, in her official capacity as Hood County Clerk, No. 4:15-cv-491-A in the U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas, Ft. Worth Division.  Cato and Stapleton are believed to be the first same-sex couple whose challenge to a County Clerk for failure to issue a marriage license to them resulted in both the issuance of licenses and payment by the County of the attorneys’ fees incurred by the couple in fighting for their rights.  Hood County paid $43,872.10 to settle the case.

Cato v. Lang Settlement Press Release