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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2013, Class of 1949 Leadership Award; Kansas Law Journal Editor-in-Chief; Mary Anne Chambers Service Award; Asian American Bar Association President
    • B.A., Marquette University, 2010, Student Body President
  • Court Admissions
    • State of Missouri, 2013
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2013
    • State of Kansas, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 2014
As an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice, Henry Thomas recognizes that employers face an ever-changing regulatory environment, which, if not addressed properly, has the potential to lead to legal entanglements that can impact productivity and profitability. Henry works with Polsinelli’s national team of labor and employment attorneys to provide counsel, and when needed, aggressive defense. Henry and the Labor and Employment team assist clients with a broad range of legal services including:

Advice & Counseling:

  • Created and delivered several on-site trainings for clients on topics as sexual harassment, discrimination, investigations, and wage and hour issues for managers, supervisors, and HR executives, including presenting a 3-hour training session for over 500 employees;
  • Drafted and assisted clients in implementing comprehensive handbooks and policies for their workforces, including the implementation of restrictive covenant agreements and policies to maintain the confidentiality of trade secrets;
  • Conducted numerous investigations on-site for clients into internal complaints of harassment, discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation, which have included interviews of over 50 witnesses in total, evidentiary reviews, and fact finding reports;
  • Serve as sole legal counsel for several small to mid-sized clients in the restaurant, healthcare, and hospitality industries by providing counseling from acquisitions to emergency workforce issues, such as COVID-19.

Employment & Civil Litigation:

  • Second-chaired three-day bench trial before panel with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. Obtained defense verdict on behalf of senior living facility and successfully defended client against three individual claimants alleging discrimination and retaliation under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and Title VII;
  • Second-chaired five-day arbitration before state court judge and successfully defended client against 24 of claimant’s 26 claims, such as negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and conversion;
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice on procedural grounds in Jackson County, Missouri on behalf of financial institute, dismissing lawsuit based on age discrimination and retaliation claims in its entirety. Obtained favorable order subsequently denying motion to vacate dismissal; 
  • Obtained favorable summary judgment decisions:
    • on claims of age discrimination and retaliation in Jackson County, Missouri on behalf of financial institution, dismissing lawsuit in its entirety;
    • on claims of race discrimination and retaliation in the Western District of Missouri, on behalf of manufacturing company, dismissing the lawsuit in its entirety;
    • on claims of race and religious discrimination and retaliation in the District of Kansas on behalf of healthcare institution, dismissing lawsuit in its entirety;
  • Negotiated 20+ mediations to obtain favorable resolutions of discrimination-related charges and lawsuits;
  • Obtained favorable order in Jackson County, Missouri compelling arbitration on behalf of manufacturing client that was a non-signatory to the arbitration agreement; 
  • First-chaired numerous administrative hearings and obtained favorable decisions, including hearings before state’s alcohol and tobacco control board on behalf of client in food and beverage industry and hearings before state’s unemployment benefits board on behalf of healthcare client;

Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets:

  • First-chaired temporary restraining hearing to secure temporary restraining order on behalf of client in the sales industry, preventing three former employees and competitor from violating restrictive covenants and stealing client’s trade secrets. Successfully negotiated resolution of lawsuit including consent injunction to prevent further unfair competition, reimbursement for lost profits, and recoupment of costs and fees;
  • Second-chaired preliminary injunction hearing to dissolve ex parte temporary restraining order on behalf of financial institution in which order unlawfully restrained seven employees from reporting to work;
  • Secured temporary restraining order on behalf of client in the insurance industry to prevent former employee and competitor from violating restrictive covenants and stealing client’s trade secrets, then successfully negotiated resolution of lawsuit including entry of consent judgment and injunction to prevent further unfair competition;

Traditional Labor:

  • First-chaired three discharge arbitrations involving police officer misconduct. Obtained favorable decisions on behalf of city at arbitrations and upon appeal of one of the decisions; 
  • First-chaired discharge arbitration in New Orleans on behalf of transportation company. Successful defense at arbitration led to favorable settlement;
  • First-chaired contract interpretation arbitration involving the retro-active application of benefits for all employees. Obtained favorable decision on behalf of distribution facility at arbitration; 
  • Second-chaired several contract interpretation and discharge labor negotiations for professional sports team and financial institutions;

Wage & Hour:

  • Defended several clients against federal FLSA and state-related claims where plaintiffs alleged failure to compensate for off-the-clock, overtime, and/or travel time. Achieved favorable outcomes for clients.
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June 11, 2020
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June 2, 2020
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COVID-19 Employment Update: FFCRA Leave and Immigration
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March 27, 2020
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Increasing Legalization of Marijuana and Opioid Abuse in the Workplace Leads to Increasing Legal Issues for Employers
Speaker, SHRM-KC Monthly Luncheon, Kansas City, MO
March 10, 2020
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Drugs in the Workplace: Cutting Through the Haze of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Laws
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October 23, 2019
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FMLA Leave Before Being Eligible For FMLA Leave
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October 4, 2018
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July 19, 2018
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May 15, 2018
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December 15, 2017