Matt O'Laughlin has devoted his career to representing workers who have been treated unfairly by corporations and government agencies. He has successfully represented workers at trial in both state and federal court. His trial method is simply to present the facts to the jury in a straightforward and honest way and to effectively counter defense tactics that distort the truth. Prior to his work representing employees, Matt served the people of the State of Missouri as an Assistant Attorney General. He handles a variety of cases, including sexual harassment, retaliation/whistleblower claims, discrimination, consumer protection, and wage and hour violations.
Matt successfully argued the landmark case of Doe ex rel. Subia v. Kansas City Missouri School District, (Mo. App. W.D. 2012), the first case in Missouri to hold that the Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits student-on-student sexual assault and harassment and that the standard of proof for such cases should be lower than that required under federal law. He was also successful in arguing the seminal case of Tolentino v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (Mo. 2014), the first case in which the Missouri Supreme Court interpreted the Missouri Minimum Wage Law. The Court held that the joint employer doctrine could hold a hotel responsible for the failure of its temporary staffing agencies to pay its employees' wages.
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|KS||Authorized to practice law||2010||10/12/2015|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2004||11/12/2015|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||2002||01/08/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|James Madison Award||UMKC Law School||N/A|
|Dean's Achievement Award for Constitutional Law I||UMKC Law School||N/A|
|Dean's Achievement Award for Constitutional Law II||UMKC Law School||N/A|
|Dean's Achievement Award for First Amendment Law||UMKC Law School||N/A|
|Dean's Achievement Award for Constitutional Interpretation||UMKC Law School||N/A|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Employment Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|National Employment Lawyers Association (Kansas City chapter)||N/A||N/A|
|BNA BOOKS||Contributing Editor (Kansas Chapter), WAGE AND HOUR LAWS, A STATE-BY-STATE SURVEY, ABA SECTION OF LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW, 2014 Supplement||2014|
|UMKC Law Review||The People Can Do No Wrong: An Examination of State and Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity for Missouri's School Districts||2006|
|UMKC Law Review||Exigent Circumstances: Circumscribing the Exclusionary Rule in Response to 9/11||2002|
|UMKC Law Review||Therapist-Client Dual Relationship Bans and Freedom of Association||2001|
|University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Counseling Ethics||Therapist-Client Dual Relationship Bans||2006|