Dallas Employment Lawyer - Keith Clouse

Executive Employment Lawyer
Attorney Keith Clouse is a nationally recognized employment law attorney. This website and all materials on it have been prepared by Clouse Dunn LLP for informational purposes only. These materials do not, and are not intended to, constitute legal advice.



Retaliation Case Decided by Fifth Circuit

December 27, 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered a retaliation case. Brandon v. Sage Corp., No. 14-51320 (Dec. 10, 2015), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-51320-CV0.pdf. The plaintiff served as the director of a truck driving school’s campus. She hired a female instructor whose gender expression was traditionally masculine. The regional director visited the c...

Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Explained By Dallas Employment Lawyer

December 20, 2015
Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse represents employers and employees in various employment-related disputes. Here, he discusses workers’ compensation retaliation claims. Texas law provides that an employer may not discharge or in any other way discriminate against an employee because the employee filed a workers’ compensation claim in good faith. An employer who violates this statute...

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Workers’ Compensation Matter

December 20, 2015
The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled in a workers’ compensation case. Kingsaire, Inc. v. Melendez, No. 14-0006 (Tex. Dec. 4, 2015), available at http://www.txcourts.gov/media/1190163/140006.pdf. After suffering an on-the-job injury, an employee took leave. When he was unable to return after the expiration of the leave provided by the employer’s policy, the employer terminated his emplo...

Rejecting an Employee’s Rescission of Resignation May Be Adverse Action

December 13, 2015
To prove a retaliation case, an employee must establish that an employer took an “adverse employment action” against the employee after the employee complained of unlawful discrimination or harassment. To be considered adverse, the action must be harmful to the point that it could dissuade a reasonable employee from making or supporting a charge of discrimination. Recently and in light of th...

Fifth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment for an Employer

December 06, 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed summary judgment for an employer in a retaliation case. Porter v. Houma Terrebonne Housing Auth. Bd. of Comm’rs, No. 14-31090 (5th Cir. Nov. 17, 2015), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-31090-CV0.pdf. An employee informally complained that the employer’s executive director sexually harassed her. Later, she off...

Decking the Halls . . . At Work?

November 29, 2015
Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse assists companies with employment-related matters, including discrimination lawsuits. He also advises clients on policy matters and situation-specific issues to help his clients avert legal problems. Common issues that arise this time of year relate to holidays and holiday celebrations at work. Many companies like to start the holiday season by decoratin...

Injecting Creativity into a Separation Agreement

November 26, 2015
Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse regularly drafts separation agreements for senior executives. He notes that these agreements can differ widely in their terms. For example, while many contain similar basic terms, some may address non-monetary post-separation considerations, such as the making of a joint termination statement or a mutual non-disparagement clause. A departing executiv...

Risks an Employer Takes When It Refuses to Negotiate a Separation Agreement

November 25, 2015
Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse represents both executives and employers in employment-related matters, including the dissolution of employer-employee relationships. Mr. Clouse believes that, when navigating the end of an employment relationship, an employer must not take an overly confident stance that fails to acknowledge the risks inherent in refusing to negotiate with a departing e...

Dallas Executive Lawyer: Reasons an Employer May Balk at Negotiating

November 15, 2015
Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse represents both executives and employers in employment-related disputes. He notes that some employers believe that terminated executives stand at a significant disadvantage when negotiating separation agreements. This leads many employers to initially refuse to engage in post-employment negotiations with executives. An employer may decide to forego negot...

Expressing Thankfulness in the Workplace

November 15, 2015
Many employers will celebrate Thanksgiving in the workplace. But, in addition to a turkey lunch and the chance for employees to socialize, should an employer do anything else to express gratitude at work? Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse believes that an employer can avoid many employment-related problems by treating employees with respect. Showing gratitude is one way to demonstrat...