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Avoid the “Smoking Gun” Email Says Dallas Employment Law Attorney

June 13, 2015
Emails provide a prime source of evidence in courtrooms; an attorney may build an entire case around a single, damaging email. Here, Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse discusses some pitfalls to avoid: Drafting carelessly. Treat emails like formal communications. Imagine an email being read aloud in a court proceeding. Sending emails when emotions are hot. Do not send an ema...

Use Exit Interviews to Help Protect Trade Secrets

June 08, 2015
Many employers ask their top executives and those employees who regularly handle sensitive company information to sign nondisclosure and noncompetition agreements designed to protect the companies’ trade secrets. But, trade secret law applies to all employees, not just to those at the top; no employee may steal and use a company’s trade secrets. One way an employer may protec...

Non-Monetary Terms in a Separation Agreement

May 31, 2015
When a terminated employee negotiates a separation agreement, he most often focuses on the monetary terms of the agreement. But, as Dallas employment law expert Keith Clouse points out, other terms can also be negotiated. For example, an executive may consider negotiating: Release from non-compete obligations. This is a tremendous benefit because it allows an executive to move forwar...

Submitting a Position Statement to the EEOC

May 31, 2015
If a disgruntled employee files a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the employer will likely be asked to submit a position statement to aid the EEOC in conducting its investigation. An employer should always strive to provide a thoughtful statement, according to Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse. A position statement should succinctly tell the...

Blindsided by an Immediately Effective Termination

May 25, 2015
Sometimes an executive is completely, totally blindsided by a termination decision. Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse explains what an executive should do next. While the executive’s heart may be racing, he needs to remain professional. He should carefully and quietly listen to what is said. He should not agree to any proposed severance package, sign any documents, or verbally ...

Keeping Your Focus on the Future When Negotiating a Severance Package

May 22, 2015
Hammering out the terms of a severance package takes priority when an executive has been terminated, but an executive must not forget that these negotiations are a small piece of the overall arc of his career. That’s why Keith Clouse, a Dallas attorney who represents executives when they enter and exit employment relationships, cautions executives not to get so wrapped up in the negoti...

Undercutting Yourself in Severance Negotiations

May 21, 2015
An executive who negotiates his own severance package may make a huge mistake: undercutting himself in the negotiation process. Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse—who regularly negotiates separation packages for executives—explains. An executive who negotiates his own severance package does so at a big risk. Few executives are aware of all the factors that could influence ...

Can the Denial of a Lateral Transfer Be Discrimination?

May 10, 2015
Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment lawyer, assists employers in defending claims of discrimination. He notes that, while employers often have employees who complain of “discrimination” that does not fit the legal definition of discrimination, employers may be surprised to learn what actions do fit the legal definition of discrimination. For example, an employer may be surprise...

Fifth Circuit Affirms Ruling in Title VII Matter

May 10, 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a ruling for an employer in a race and age discrimination matter. Jenkins v. San Antonio Fire Dept., No. 14-50483 (5th Cir. Apr. 20, 2015), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-50483-CV0.pdf. The plaintiff filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, complaining that he was discrim...

Opposition to a Discriminatory Practice

May 03, 2015
Employees and employers alike know that an employee who complains that he has been discriminated against is statutorily protected from retaliation by the employer. But, many employees--and some employers--do not know that an employee who “opposes” discriminatory conduct is also protected from retaliation. To establish a violation of Texas’s antidiscrimination law, the T...