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Will Manuel focuses his practice primarily on commercial and employment litigation. He has handled various disputes for both large and small businesses in both Mississippi and other jurisdictions. His clients include numerous manufacturers and commercial interests as well as various insurance and financial services companies. He has worked to defend these clients in both MDL litigation and individual actions brought in Mississippi. Will also has experience in advising businesses on issues involving age discrimination, sexual harassment and wage/overtime disputes. Will's focus is on active litigation from the initial discovery process through trial. View articles by Will

Good Reasons Sometimes Win:  5th Circuit Cites “Unprofessional Behavior” of Plaintiff in Dismissing ADEA ClaimAdd this case to your “Be Sure to Document Your Non-Discriminatory Reasons” file. An employee doing bad things lost on summary judgment in an employment discrimination action, even though she alleged that the company did not properly investigate the reasons for her termination. The Fifth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment on an age claim because

Long Time Coming for Overtime Overhaul: DOL Issues New Exemption ThresholdToday, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule regarding the threshold amount of salary necessary to exempt an employer from the obligation to pay overtime. The threshold since 2004 was $455 per week or $23,660 per year. The new rule raises that level to $684 per week or $35,568 per

Not a Bad Place to Be: Fifth Circuit Addresses the “Highly Compensated” Exemption Under the FLSASometimes employment laws can make the common person’s head spin. That certainly could be the case for a recent Fifth Circuit opinion examining the “highly compensated” regulatory exemption from the overtime requirements of the FLSA.

A Thousand Dollars a Day – Is It Fair Compensation?

Jeff Faludi used to practice law but began working as