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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 make an...

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 negotiation...

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 an employer d...

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 surprised to learn th...

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 discri...

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 Texas Commission on ...

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Discrimination Matter

May 03, 2015
The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled for an employer in a discrimination matter. San Antonio Water Sys. v. Nicholas, No. 13-0966 (Tex. Apr. 24, 2015), available at http://www.txcourts.gov/media/943998/130966.pdf. The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act protects employees from retaliation when those employees oppose discriminatory employment practices. Here, the employee contended that ...

Go Ahead, Call an Employment Lawyer.

April 26, 2015
An executive will usually “know” when he has been wronged by an employer. He may have received an unfair performance review (adversely impacting an expected bonus), been excluded from key strategy sessions and given dead-end assignments, or otherwise targeted in a manner designed to make him resign. When this happens, an executive may correctly interpret the signs and act upon them, drawi...

Selling Your Business . . . and Sticking Around

April 26, 2015
To an entrepreneur, the pinnacle of success may be selling his business to a larger company. Many entrepreneurs do so and move on to other endeavors or to enjoy retirement. Others wish to remain involved in their businesses post-sale. Doing so, however, can be tricky, according to Dallas executive employment lawyer Keith Clouse. One way for an entrepreneur to stay involved is to become an...

Documents to Review Before Leaving a Medical Practice

April 19, 2015
Dallas physician employment lawyer Keith Clouse regularly counsels physicians regarding their resignations. As part of the resignation process, a physician must review all signed documents so that he understands both what he has promised to do and what has been promised to him. Documents to review include: an employment agreement, a shareholders’ agreement, an operating agreement, a defer...