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LaToya Fortner Merritt

Employment and labor Attorney at Jackson, MS

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  • State Years
    Mississippi - MS 23 years
    Louisiana - LA 23 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MS
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2000
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

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LaToya Merritt practices in the area of labor and employment with a focus on Civil Rights and Title VII, as well as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. She has assisted public and private entities throughout the state in matters involving race, sex, sexual/workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation claims, reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence and wage and hour. Ms. Merritt serves as the deputy practice coordinator of Phelps Dunbar's Jackson labor and employment group.

At the administrative level, Ms. Merritt has represented employers who are faced with charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.

An important part of Ms. Merritt’s practice involves training, planning, and employment advice. Specifically, she provides management and/or corporate counsel advice regarding performance evaluation/appraisal systems; development of employment policies and practices; employee handbooks and municipal employment liability. She also provides extensive training to clients regarding managing diverse workforces and handling sexual harassment investigations. She conducts diversity training and educational programs for numerous companies throughout the region. She has trained hundreds of managers on employment law issues.


Phelps Dunbar
4270 I-55 North
Jackson, MS, 39211-6394

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  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Grambling State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Mississippi Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Charles Clark American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • N/A
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers' Association
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers' Association
  • Vice President
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers' Association
  • Secretarty/Treasurer
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award
  • Nation's Best Advocates
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • 19th Annual Mississippi Human Resource Conference & Expo
  • Labor and Employment Issues
  • 2014

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Jackson Employment and labor Lawyer LaToya Fortner Merritt
LaToya Fortner Merritt
Employment and labor Attorney
Jackson, MS
Licensed for 23 years