Texas Supreme Court Addresses Attorney’s Fee Award in Employment Discrimination Matter

/cdklawyers.com// 07/13/2012 The Texas Supreme Court recently considered the calculation of an attorney’s fee award in an employment discrimination and retaliation case brought pursuant to Texas’s antidiscrimination statute. El Apple I, Ltd. v. Olivas, No. 10-0490, (Tex. June 22, 2012), available at http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/historical/2012/jun/100490.pdf.   Texas uses the lodestar method when awarding attorney’s fees. A court […]

Dallas, Texas Employment Attorney Discusses the Ideal Non-Compete Agreement

/cdklawyers.com// 05/26/2012 Dallas, Texas employment attorney Keith Clouse drafts non-compete agreements for both senior executives and employers. In his twenty years of practicing employment law, he has seen all sorts of non-compete agreements. In some cases, it seemed the employers sought to punish executives for even thinking about leaving. A typical onerous non-competition agreement restricted […]

In this DIY Age, Why Should Your Start-Up Company Hire an Employment Lawyer?

/cdklawyers.com// 05/18/2012 We live in a “do it yourself” age. With the Internet, a company can find an online solution to virtually any problem a business might have, including employment law matters. Many of these “solutions” are even free. A start-up company may be tempted to rely on online material to make decisions regarding employment […]

United States Supreme Court Rules on Employment Matter

/cdklawyers.com// 01/21/2012 The United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar lawsuits brought by ministers against churches if the ministers claim to have been terminated in violation of employment discrimination laws. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC et al., No. 10-553, (Jan. 11, […]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment in Race Discrimination Case

/cdklawyers.com// 12/31/2011 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a summary judgment for an employer in a race discrimination case. Vaughn v. Woodforest Bank, No. 11-60102 (5th Cir. Dec. 21, 2011), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/11/11-60102-CV0.wpd.pdf.   Although she received a favorable performance review, the plaintiff was fired for “unsatisfactory conduct” after the employer conducted a […]

Dallas Employment Law Specialist Explains Employment Agreement Provision

/cdklawyers.com// 12/30/2011 Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment law specialist, has drafted many employment agreements for executive-level employees. He has reviewed and revised even more. One contractual provision that some executive clients may overlook is the term of employment.   This contractual provision may provide that the executive is to be employed indefinitely, meaning that either […]

Dallas Employment Law Specialist Offers Tips to Avoid Legal Liability at the Company Party

/cdklawyers.com// 12/10/2011 While a company party should be a time for fun and merriment, an employer must prepare carefully to avoid potential legal issues. Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse provides the following tips.   First, an employer should consider the added legal exposure that serving alcohol can bring. To avoid alcohol-related problems, an employer may […]

Dallas Employment Law Specialist Explains Termination Options Under a Typical Employment Agreement

/cdklawyers.com// 11/10/2011 Dallas employment law specialist Keith Clouse often handles employment law matters for executive employees. Oftentimes, he advises these clients about their employment agreements. Although Mr. Clouse focuses attention on several key provisions, he always considers the termination provisions seriously.   Usually, an employer agrees that it may terminate an employee’s employment either with […]

Dallas, Texas Employment Attorney Notes NLRB Rule Requires Most Employers to Post Notice

/cdklawyers.com// 10/29/2011 The National Labor Relations Board recently postponed the implementation date for its new notice-posting rule by more than two months. The new implementation date is January 31, 2012. Since this rule applies to most employers, Dallas employment law specialist Keith Clouse suggests employers review this information.   The NLRB notice advises employees of their […]