Dealing with Unrealistic Settlement Expectations

/cdklawyers.com// 10/20/2012 To settle a discrimination lawsuit, both the employer and the employee have to “come together” regarding their understandings of the evidence, the law, and the value of the case. Sometimes this can be difficult, especially if a plaintiff comes to the negotiating table with sky high expectations.   A plaintiff’s friends and family […]

No Tricks, Just Treats. Planning a Halloween Party at the Office.

/cdklawyers.com// 10/19/2012 Celebrating Halloween at the office can be fun. But a Halloween party can also be scary—for reasons that an employer might not have considered. Shocking things can happen at these parties. A normally subdued office clerk shows up in a revealing French maid outfit. Another employee takes the persona of his boorish costume […]

Confused About What the FLSA Does NOT Require?

/cdklawyers.com// 10/13/2012 The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. It also establishes recordkeeping and child labor standards. While some exemptions exist, the FLSA applies to most workers in the private sector as well as in federal, state, and local governments.   Many employers and […]

Employers: Protect Your Trade Secrets with Employment Agreements

/cdklawyers.com// 10/12/2012 Dallas, Texas trade secret attorney Keith Clouse helps companies protect their trade secrets. He provides advice on the steps a company should take to protect its confidential information and to put itself in a better position should litigation become inevitable. Entering into employment agreements with a company’s key employees is one way to […]

The “Money Terms” in a Typical Severance Agreement

/cdklawyers.com// 10/06/2012 Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse drafts and negotiates severance agreements and separation packages for senior executives and other high-level employees. Here, he discusses the “money terms” found in many severance agreements.   1. Severance payment: This is the dollar value the employee receives upon departure. A severance payment could be paid in a single […]

EEOC Educates Students about Discrimination and Harassment

/cdklawyers.com// 09/29/2012 Unfortunately, young workers make easy targets for sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination. A young worker is new to the working world and may not understand the laws that protect her. She may not know how to respond to inappropriate conduct, and she may have no idea how to get her […]

Dallas Labor and Employment Lawyer Explains FLSA’s Learned Professional Exemption

/cdklawyers.com// 09/26/2012 Keith Clouse, a Dallas labor and employment lawyer, frequently advises clients regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act. He works with employers to ensure that they are in compliance with this federal statute. One area where employers may misstep concerns the classification of exempt workers.   Under the FLSA, an employer is required to […]

Fifth Circuit Rules on CBA Matter

/cdklawyers.com// 09/20/2012 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a plaintiff’s collective bargaining agreement did not provide the exclusive remedy for her sex discrimination claim. Ibarra v. United Parcel Serv., No. 11-50714 (5th Cir. Sept. 13, 2012), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/11/11-50714-CV0.wpd.pdf.   After being fired, the plaintiff filed a grievance under her union’s collective […]