Sidney C. Watts
Board Certified in Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Areas of Practice:
- California, 2002
- Texas, 2005
Sidney Watts' practice focuses on employment law litigation, compliance and counseling involving state and federal employment laws, including: FLSA wage and hour collective actions; Texas and California restrictive covenants and non-competition agreements; trade secrets and proprietary information litigation; wrongful discharge, discrimination and retaliation claims arising under Title VII and state law; Texas Workers Compensation retaliation claims; and FMLA and OSHA claims, among others. Mr. Watts also regularly litigates claims before State and Federal administrative agencies such as the Texas Workforce Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including Department of Labor audits and investigations. With Hoover Slovacek LLP, Mr. Watts has expanded his practice to incorporate all aspects of commercial litigation, consumer litigation and representation of Property Owners Associations.
Beginning his law practice in San Diego, Mr. Watts returned to Houston in 2004. Prior to joining Hoover Slovacek LLP’s litigation section, Mr. Watts represented businesses ranging from small sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies with their commercial issues, focusing on employment litigation. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Watts represented a large industrial client in defending a Title VII discrimination class action.
Mr. Watts has authored the following articles: “Retaliation Claims Under State and Federal Law Post Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway v. White,” University of Houston Law Foundation Advanced Employment Law CLE, June 22, 2007 (co-author); “The Family Medical Leave Act: Issues Affecting Employers" Labor & Employment News, July 2007; "What to Expect When Protecting Your Confidential Information – The Court Process" Labor & Employment News, May 2007; "Legislative Update: New State Laws Require Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisors" Lean Trimmings, February 3, 2006; and "A Word of Warning: English-Only Policies in the Workplace Invite Close Scrutiny by the EEOC" Investment Casting, August 15, 2005.