Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This guidance is intended to help employers understand the EEOC’s policy relating to the use of such records by employers. Although this guidance is not substantially different from the EEOC’s previous policy, it is a good reminder of prudent practices employers should be using.
No federal law prohibits the consideration of criminal convictions in making employment decisions; however, improper use may result in intentional or inadvertent discrimination. For example, if an employer uses criminal conviction records only in evaluating minority candidates, this conduct may violate Title VII’s prohibition against treating applicants differently based on their race or other protected characteristic. Even if the employer’s policy is applied uniformly, the use of criminal conviction records may have an unintentional impact on minority candidates. Although the employer may not intend to discriminate, this practice may result in an inadvertent adverse impact on certain classes of applicants, which may also violate Title VII.
The EEOC’s recently issued guidance is an opportunity for employers to review their policies related to using background checks in making employment decisions. Some critical considerations include:
The EEOC’s guidance may be found here.
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