Dallas Employment Lawyer - Keith Clouse

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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.



Keith Clouse, Employment Law Arbitrator, Discusses the Pros and Cons of Arbitrating an Employment Dispute

January 06, 2010
Many employers require employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, but sometimes an employer will ask an employee (or former employee) to submit a claim to arbitration after the dispute has arisen.  By agreeing to arbitrate a matter, the parties agree to bypass the court system and to allow a neutral third party to resolve their dispute.  Keith Clouse, a Dal...

Texas Employment Law Attorney Discusses Recent Texas Supreme Court Case

January 04, 2010
Keith Clouse, a Texas lawyer who routinely litigates employment disputes, notes that the Texas Supreme Court recently ruled on an employment dispute.  The Court addressed whether employees could enforce an employer’s alleged promise to pay proceeds from the sale or merger of the company to any employees who were still employed at the time of the sale or merger.  The Court found ...

Texas Employment Law Lawyer Explains What "Right to Work" Means

December 24, 2009
Many people in Texas mistakenly believe that because Texas is a “right to work state,” employees in Texas cannot be bound by non-compete agreements (agreements designed to prohibit an employee from competing with an employer post-employment).  Not so, says Dallas employment law lawyer Keith Clouse.  In fact, that phrase does not even refer to a person’s right to comp...

Employment Law Attorney Keith Clouse Discusses Inclement Weather Policies

December 24, 2009
While Texans usually enjoy mild winters, each year seems to bring one or two bad storms.  How should employers prepare for these inevitable “snow days?”  Keith Clouse, a Dallas lawyer who is board certified in employment law, advises employers to draft inclement weather policies to be included in company handbooks. A company should draft an inclement weather policy to sui...

Texas Court Finds Employer Did Not Treat Male Employee Differently - Dallas Employment Lawyer Keith Clouse Reports

December 09, 2009
A Texas appellate court held that the City of San Antonio did not discriminate against a male employee.  City of San Antonio v. Gonzalez, No. 04-08-00829-CV (Tex. App.—San Antonio Nov. 4, 2009), available at http://www.4thcoa.courts.state.tx.us/opinions/HTMLopinions.asp?OpinionID=22505. Gonzalez, the only male in his work group, accessed his supervisor’s confidential computer ...

Employment Law Attorney Keith Clouse Reports on GINA

December 09, 2009
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), signed into law in May 2008 by President George Bush, took effect on November 21, 2009.  GINA prohibits employers, employment agencies, and unions from discriminating against an individual based on the person’s genetic information.  Specifically, GINA prohibits an employer from using genetic information in makin...

Dallas Business Litigation Attorney Keith Clouse Reports Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment in Race Discrimination Case

November 30, 2009
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed summary judgment in a Section 1981 race discrimination matter.  Blackston v. Wexford Health Sources Inc., No. 08-60855 (5th Cir. Nov. 16, 2009), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/unpub/08/08-60855.0.wpd.pdf.  Blackston, a white man, worked for a medical staffing contractor and served as a medical director at a correc...

Serving Alcohol at a Company Party? Be Careful!

November 30, 2009
Now is the time to eat, drink and be merry. But, office holiday parties can create dilemmas for employers. Keith Clouse, a Dallas employment law attorney, provides the following guidance for employers who want to bypass problems: • Host an alcohol-free party, such as a family event or a charity service project. • Limit alcohol consumption by providing only two drink vouche...

Timing Matters in a Workplace Retaliation Case, says Dallas Employment Lawyer

November 18, 2009
Federal and state laws forbid an employer from retaliating against an employee by treating the employee adversely simply because the employee complained about workplace discrimination. A retaliation claim often turns on circumstantial proof; one such element of proof a court may consider is the timing between the employee’s complaint of discrimination and the adverse action the employee a...

Dallas Employment Lawyer Educates - Waiving Federal Age Discrimination Claims in a Severance Agreement

November 18, 2009
In tough economic times, employers may ask certain employees to take early retirement packages.  Oftentimes such a package contains a waiver whereby an employee releases any claims the employee may have against the employer. But if an employer seeks a waiver of a possible age claim, the employer must comply with the specific requirements for waivers of claims arising under the federal Age ...