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Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Retaliation Judgment Due to Deficient Charge of Discrimination

Yet another plaintiff lost his case because of the failure to check the correct box on the charge of discrimination form. In this case, the plaintiff had actually won the case to a jury, only to see the judgment reversed due to a deficient charge. The case is ATI Enterprises, Inc. v. Din, No. 05-11-01522-CV… Read More »

Corpus Christi Court of Appeals Dismisses Claims Due to Deficient Charge of Discrimination

The process of filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or TWC is supposed to be simple. However, deficiencies in the charge can be jurisdictionally fatal to a plaintiff’s claim. The biggest sources of problems are (1) plaintiffs who file charges on their own, relying on the EEOC or TWC personnel for assistance; and… Read More »

El Paso Court of Appeals Finds UTEP Subject to Suit for Harassment of a Contractor’s Employee

On July 10, 2013, the El Paso Court of Appeals issued its opinion in University of Texas at El Paso v. Ochoa, No. 08-12-00115-CV (Tex. App. — El Paso 2013) (now reported at 410 S.W.3d 327). The issue in the case was whether UTEP could be sued for sexual harassment and retaliation by the employee… Read More »

Dallas Court of Appeals Affirms Award for Employee on TWC Wage Claim

On June 13, 2013, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its opinion in JMJ Acquisitions Management, LLC v. Peterson, No. 5=12=00263-CV (Tex. App. — Dallas 2013, no pet.) (now reported at 407 S.W.3d 371). This case involves an appeal from a wage claim decided by the Texas Workforce Commission. Peterson worked for JMJ, which experienced… Read More »

Beaumont Court of Appeals Upholds a Physician Non-Compete

On June 13, 2013, the Beaumont Court of Appeals issued its decision in Sadler Clinic Association v. Hart, No. 09-12-00086-CV (Tex. App. — Beaumont 2013, pet. denied). This case discussed the enforceability of a non-compete in a physician’s contract. The court made three important holdings. First, the court considered the reasonableness of the buyout provision… Read More »

Beaumont Court of Appeals Finds a Non-Compete Overbroad When the Employer Failed to Justify the Need for the Restrictions

           On June 13. 2013, the Beaumont Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Hodgson v. U.S. Money Reserve. Inc., No. 09-13-00074-CV (Tex. App. – Beaumont 2013, no pet.).  This is an unpublished decision, but it is nonetheless interesting because it shows how one court of appeals is analyzing non-compete issues in the post-Marsh era…. Read More »

Supreme Court Holds That Donning and Doffing Protective Gear Constitutes “Changing Clothes” for Purposes of the FLSA

Today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., No. 12-417 (U.S. Jan. 27, 2014).  The issue in Sandifer was whether time spent by union employees in donning and doffing of protective gear constituted compensable time for purposes of an overtime claim.  The Court held that donning and doffing of protective gear… Read More »

The NLRA Does Not Prohibit Class-Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements: The Fifth Circuit’s D.R. Horton Decision

The Fifth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 12-60031 (5th Cir. Dec. 3, 2013). In its D.R. Horton decision, the NLRB had held that section 7 of the NLRA prohibited class-action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements imposed by employers, because such waivers impeded the right of employees to engage… Read More »

The NLRA Does Not Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: The Fifth Circuit’s D.R. Hortion Decision

The Fifth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision today in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 12-60031 (5th Cir. December 3, 2013).  In the D.R. Horton case, the NLRB held that section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act prohibited class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements imposed by employers.  The Fifth Circuit summarized the NLRB’s… Read More »

The Supreme Court Rejects “Mixed Motive” in Title VII Retaliation Cases

By a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court held that the plaintiff in a Title VII retaliation case cannot rely on a “mixed motive” theory.  The case is University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar.  The case was discussed and previewed in this article. The majority opinion by Justice Kennedy summarized its reasoning as follows:… Read More »