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As workplace issues come under increased scrutiny, labor and employment problems can create intense internal pressure to act fast. In this high-stress setting, Susie Furr radiates a calm sense of restraint. Susie’s measured approach and depth of experience counter the “sky is falling” mindset that often works against best-case resolutions. She can tell you whether to send that memo before firing an employee, how to respond to a MeToo complaint and whether you should settle or fight a lawsuit.

Susie handles a wide array of workplace disputes involving complex wage and hour issues, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation allegations, leave issues, and non-competition disputes, among others. Focused on finding practical solutions that minimize disruption, she helps clients anticipate issues and avoid litigation when possible. She is adept at finding the right solution to reduce risk, whether it involves counseling, settlement, mediation, alternative dispute resolution or hard-fought litigation in state and federal courts. Susie also represents clients in EEOC administrative proceedings.

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As workplace issues come under increased scrutiny, labor and employment problems can create intense internal pressure to act fast. In this high-stress setting, Susie Furr radiates a calm sense of restraint. Susie’s measured approach and depth of experience counter the “sky is falling” mindset that often works against best-case resolutions. She can tell you whether to send that memo before firing an employee, how to respond to a MeToo complaint and whether you should settle or fight a lawsuit.

Susie handles a wide array of workplace disputes involving complex wage and hour issues, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation allegations, leave issues, and non-competition disputes, among others. Focused on finding practical solutions that minimize disruption, she helps clients anticipate issues and avoid litigation when possible. She is adept at finding the right solution to reduce risk, whether it involves counseling, settlement, mediation, alternative dispute resolution or hard-fought litigation in state and federal courts. Susie also represents clients in EEOC administrative proceedings.

In addition to her employment litigation experience, Susie frequently litigates disputes involving commercial contracts. Her extensive courtroom experience allows her to anticipate how judges or juries will perceive a situation and to adjust strategies accordingly.

Susie is the practice coordinator of the firm’s Baton Rouge employment law group and a member of the Policy and Planning Committee. When she’s not working, Susie is a big sports fan – go LSU Tigers! – and enjoys boating with family and friends. She gives back by working closely with the state and local Boys and Girls Club.

Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment (affirmed on appeal) for a credit card company dismissing a former executive's claims for stock options and damages in excess of seven figures.
  • Helped the same client avoid litigation in nationwide employment matters, including Department of Labor audit defense and FLSA collective actions.
  • On behalf of an international shipping company, successfully defended two recent federal court cases, one involving claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, the other claiming race discrimination and retaliation. Obtained summary judgments, affirmed on appeal, in each case.
  • Led a sensitive internal investigation of upper management executives for a large public utility.
  • Provide ongoing legal defense for a highly visible film company sued for sexually hostile work environment, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, "Reaching A Deal Everyone Can Live With," Inside the Minds: Negotiating Employment Disputes, Aspatore Inc. (2007)
Speaking Engagements
  • “Preventing Workplace Harassment,” Louisiana State University, (Baton Rouge April 2019)
  • “Preventing Workplace Harassment,” Association of Fundraising Professionals, (Baton Rouge March 2019)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (September, 2017)
  • “Conducting Investigations – Internal Audit Training,” (New Orleans August 2017)
  • “Wage and Hour Claims: The New Wave of Employment Litigation,” Association of Corporate Counsel, (Louisiana Chapter June 2016)
  • “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” LSU Law School, (Baton Rouge, May 2016)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - April 2016 (April, 2016)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - March 2015 (March, 2015)
  • Current Developments in Labor & Employment Law – LSU Law Center (March, 2015)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - September 2013 (September, 2013)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - Best Practices of Employee Discipline (April, 2012)
  • "New Regulations Under the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)," Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (2011)
  • "Are You Heading in the Right Direction?," FMLA topic presented at the Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (2010)
  • "Disciplining Employees - Best Practices," client's training for managers, nationally (2010)
  • "Myspace, Facebook & the New World of Electronic Communication," 27th Annual Multi-State Labor & Employment Law Seminar, San Antonio, Texas (2009)
  • "ADA Workshop," Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Management (2008)
  • "Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law," Louisiana Personnel Council (2008)
  • "Employment Law Update: Emerging Issues with Reference Checking in Electronic Age," CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge Bar Association (2008)
  • "Expansion of Employee Rights: ADAA, GINA and USERRA," Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (2008)
  • "Employment Law Update: Employee Monitoring in the Electronic Age," Baton Rouge Bar Association (2007)
  • "Management Training on Employment Issues," East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court's office (2007)
  • "Employment Law Update: Myspace, Facebook & the New World of Electronic Communication," CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge Bar Association (2007)
  • Numerous client presentations of Respectful Workplace Training and Diversity, Inclusion, and Respectful Workplace Training
  • “Preventing Workplace Harassment,” multiple in-house client presentations, (New Orleans)
  • Supervisor Training, multiple in-house client presentations (Baton Rouge, New Orleans)
  • “Wage and Hour Claims,” multiple in-house client presentations (Baton Rouge, New Orleans)
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (Former Member, Board of Directors)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Senior Fellow)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Barrister, Wex Malone Inn of Court
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association - Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Federal Bar Association

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Employment Law - Management (2015-2020), Labor Law - Management (2013-2020), Litigation - Labor and Employment 2016-2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2014-2015; 2017-2020)

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center
    J.D., 1989
  • Louisiana State University
    B.A., cum laude, 1986

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Obtained summary judgment (affirmed on appeal) for a credit card company dismissing a former executive's claims for stock options and damages in excess of seven figures.
  • Helped the same client avoid litigation in nationwide employment matters, including Department of Labor audit defense and FLSA collective actions.
  • On behalf of an international shipping company, successfully defended two recent federal court cases, one involving claims of sexual harassment and retaliation, the other claiming race discrimination and retaliation. Obtained summary judgments, affirmed on appeal, in each case.
  • Led a sensitive internal investigation of upper management executives for a large public utility.
  • Provide ongoing legal defense for a highly visible film company sued for sexually hostile work environment, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Publications
  • Author, "Reaching A Deal Everyone Can Live With," Inside the Minds: Negotiating Employment Disputes, Aspatore Inc. (2007)
Speaking Engagements
  • “Preventing Workplace Harassment,” Louisiana State University, (Baton Rouge April 2019)
  • “Preventing Workplace Harassment,” Association of Fundraising Professionals, (Baton Rouge March 2019)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (September, 2017)
  • “Conducting Investigations – Internal Audit Training,” (New Orleans August 2017)
  • “Wage and Hour Claims: The New Wave of Employment Litigation,” Association of Corporate Counsel, (Louisiana Chapter June 2016)
  • “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” LSU Law School, (Baton Rouge, May 2016)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - April 2016 (April, 2016)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - March 2015 (March, 2015)
  • Current Developments in Labor & Employment Law – LSU Law Center (March, 2015)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - September 2013 (September, 2013)
  • Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - Best Practices of Employee Discipline (April, 2012)
  • "New Regulations Under the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)," Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (2011)
  • "Are You Heading in the Right Direction?," FMLA topic presented at the Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (2010)
  • "Disciplining Employees - Best Practices," client's training for managers, nationally (2010)
  • "Myspace, Facebook & the New World of Electronic Communication," 27th Annual Multi-State Labor & Employment Law Seminar, San Antonio, Texas (2009)
  • "ADA Workshop," Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Management (2008)
  • "Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law," Louisiana Personnel Council (2008)
  • "Employment Law Update: Emerging Issues with Reference Checking in Electronic Age," CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge Bar Association (2008)
  • "Expansion of Employee Rights: ADAA, GINA and USERRA," Phelps Dunbar Baton Rouge Employment Law Breakfast Briefing (2008)
  • "Employment Law Update: Employee Monitoring in the Electronic Age," Baton Rouge Bar Association (2007)
  • "Management Training on Employment Issues," East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court's office (2007)
  • "Employment Law Update: Myspace, Facebook & the New World of Electronic Communication," CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge Bar Association (2007)
  • Numerous client presentations of Respectful Workplace Training and Diversity, Inclusion, and Respectful Workplace Training
  • “Preventing Workplace Harassment,” multiple in-house client presentations, (New Orleans)
  • Supervisor Training, multiple in-house client presentations (Baton Rouge, New Orleans)
  • “Wage and Hour Claims,” multiple in-house client presentations (Baton Rouge, New Orleans)
News
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (Former Member, Board of Directors)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Senior Fellow)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Barrister, Wex Malone Inn of Court
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association - Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Employment Law - Management (2015-2020), Labor Law - Management (2013-2020), Litigation - Labor and Employment 2016-2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2014-2015; 2017-2020)