Fifth Circuit Rules in Physician’s Employment Discrimination Case

/cdklawyers.com// 03/22/2012 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in a physician’s employment discrimination case. Nassar v. Univ. of Tex. S.W. Medical Center, No. 11-10338 (5th Cir. March 8, 2012), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/11/11-10338-CV0.wpd.pdf. The jury found that the doctor was constructively discharged and retaliated against. The employer appealed.   Constructive discharge claims are essentially […]

United States Supreme Court Recognizes Third-Party Retaliation Claim

/cdklawyers.com// 01/28/2011 The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that an employee who has not engaged in activity protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may still bring a third-party retaliation claim if the employee was fired because of the employee’s relationship with a person who has engaged in protected activity.  […]

Contact Counsel Before Terminating Employees

/cdklawyers.com// 09/06/2010 In Texas, well-settled law allows an employer to terminate an at-will employee for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all, as long as the termination is not based on a characteristic of the employee that is protected by law (ie: a person’s race, pregnancy, or religious affiliation).  Even so, […]

Some Federal Laws Protect Whistleblowers

/cdklawyers.com// 02/21/2010 An employee “blows the whistle” when the employee alleges corporate wrongdoing either by complaining to an internal company representative or by complaining to an external source, such as a government agency.  Whistleblowers serve an important function by revealing an employer’s legal violations or fraudulent conduct.  Because of this, laws protect some whistleblowers from […]

Fifth Circuit Rules for Employer on Discrimination Law Question

/cdklawyers.com// 02/07/2010 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled for an employer on a discrimination law question.  Reine v. Honeywell Int’l Inc., No. 09-30030 (5th Cir. Jan. 21, 2010), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/09/09-30030.0.wpd.pdf.  The plaintiff contended that her boss made discriminatory statements to her and that she reported his conduct to her employer.  Later, she […]