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Ruth Willars’ practice consists of employment and commercial litigation, employment counseling, and regulatory compliance. She represents companies during investigations by regulatory agencies including the Department of Labor, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service, and the Security and Exchange Commission. Given the myriad regulations associated with both small and large businesses, Ruth assists her clients in working through the complexities of running a business and being an employer amidst the austere regulatory work environment the United States has become.

Prior to joining Monty & Ramirez LLP, Ruth was the Chief Compliance and Legal Officer for a registered investment adviser. Before taking the in-house position, Ruth worked at other nationally recognized law firms handling labor and employment litigation, which included allegations of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violation and breach of contract.

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law J.D., cum laude, 1997
  • University of Texas at El Paso Bachelor of Arts, Major in History, with honors, 1993
  • Licensed by the State Bar of Texas

Admitted to Practice

  • State Courts of Texas
  • Texas Southern District Court
  • Texas Northern District Court
  • Texas Eastern District Court
  • Texas Western District Court

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Presentations

The New Overtime Rule
Monty & Ramirez Labor and Employment Seminar, 2016

Smart I-9 Recordkeeping: How to Complete, Retain, and Re-Verify Using the New Form I-9
BLR: I-9 Webinar, 2016

Essential FLSA Issues Facing Employers
Clarus Benefits Labor and Employment Seminar, 2016

Transgender Rights in the Workplace
Gulf Coast LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit, 2016

Sex and Religion in the Workplace
HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium, 2017

Religion and Pregnancy in the Workplace
Monty & Ramirez CLE Immigration and Employment Update, 2017

Employee’s Go-To Discrimination Claim: FLSA Retaliation
HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium, 2017

Form I-9 and National Origin/Citizenship-Based Discrimination: How to Minimize Legal Risks in Recruiting,         Employment Verification and Re-verification, and Avoid ICE Penalties
BLR: Advanced Employment Issues Symposium, 2017

Emerging Trends in Employment Law
Harris County Civil Judicial Education Conference, 2017

Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management
BLR: FMLA Master Class, 2018