Diane Waters is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice. Her practice focuses on providing general employment counseling and advice on a broad array of issues impacting the employer/employee relationship as well as representing employers before federal and state administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division, Colorado Civil Rights Division, and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Waters serves as a trusted advisor to employers of all sizes, from small family businesses to national multi-state employers. By taking the time to understand the unique needs and organizational goals of each client, Ms. Waters is able to effectively partner with human resource professionals, management, and C-Suite leadership to develop effective solutions to protect against legal liability and costly litigation. Ms. Waters has extensive experience providing employers with day-to day or ongoing counseling regarding all aspects of the employee life cycle, including pre-employment screening, interviewing and hiring, onboarding, performance management, wage/hour compliance, leaves of absence management, disability accommodations, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, HIPAA, COBRA, and health care reform (ACA) compliance, reductions in force, discipline and termination counseling, and separation agreements. Ms. Waters also employers on workplace privacy matters including workplace searches, surveillance of employee communications, use of location tracking and GPS-enabled devices, and compliance with state data protection laws which increasingly require employers to implement reasonable information security procedures to protect employee data.