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.



Waiver of FLSA Claims - Dallas Employment Lawyer Keith Clouse Cautions Employers

June 21, 2015
Parties involved in an employment dispute usually settle with an agreement that provides for the employee’s release and waiver of any future claims arising out of the employment relationship. But, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently explained, such a waiver may not always waive an employee’s claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Bodle v. TXL Mort. Corp., No. 14-20...

Fifth Circuit Rules on FLSA Release by Clouse Dunn LLP

June 21, 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on whether a release agreement covered claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Bodle v. TXL Mort. Corp., No. 14-20224 (5th Cir. June 1, 2015), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-20224-CV0.pdf. The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against their former employer and its president, alleging that they were not paid for ov...

What Does it Mean to “Prevail” in a Discrimination Suit?

June 14, 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently interpreted a Texas statute concerning what it means to “prevail” in a Texas age discrimination lawsuit. Peterson v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., No. 14-10249 (5th Cir. June 4, 2015), available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-10249-CV0.pdf. Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse explains. The jury found that the e...

Fifth Circuit Rules on Texas Discrimination Law

June 14, 2015
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in a discrimination claim brought under Texas law. Peterson v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., No. 14-10249 (June 4, 2015, available at http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/14/14-10249-CV0.pdf). The plaintiff was laid off during a reduction in force. He claimed his employer targeted him because of his age. The jury concluded that the e...

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 07, 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 24, 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 21, 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...