Author Archives: edwinsullivan

EEOC Takes Aggressive Positions On Homosexual Rights In The Workplace Under Title VII

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) sometimes announces its position on legal issues under Title VII. While the EEOC’s pronouncements are not binding on courts, they often have consequences on employers anyway because the EEOC is the government agency that … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Dodd Frank, Houston Employment Law

Fifth Circuit Holds That A Manager’s Threat To Reduce An Employee’s Pay In Retaliation For the Employee’s Hiring Of A Transgendered Employee Was Not An Adverse Employment Action That The Threatened Employee Could Sue Over

In a case decided in December 2015, Brandon v. Sage Corp., 808 F.3d 266, 270 (5th Cir. 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressed a retaliation claim brought by the plaintiff Brandon, the former Director of … Continue reading

Posted in EEOC, Houston Retaliation Law, Retaliation, Uncategorized

New Fifth Circuit ADA Decision Illustrates The Pro-employee Impact Of The Amendments Congress Passed To The ADA

In 2011, Jacobs Field Services North America, Inc. offered Michael Cannon, a mechanical engineer with 20 years’ experience, a field engineer position at a Colorado mining site. But very shortly thereafter, Jacobs rescinded the offer after learning Cannon had a … Continue reading

Posted in Disability, Discrimination, EEOC, Houston Employment Law, Human Resources

Five Questions That Individual Employees Should Ask Before Hiring A Houston Employment Lawyer

Hopefully you will never need an employment lawyer in Houston. Luckily, there are many great Houston employment lawyers, and they work at firms all over the city. Some of them rank highly on Google search results, and others do not. … Continue reading

Posted in Houston Employment Law, Houston Executive Lawyer, Houston Retaliation Law

Confidentiality Agreements Used By Many Employers Draw KBR A $130,000.00 Fine From The SEC — Is Your Company At Risk Too?

Mark Oberti writes: On April 1, 2015, the SEC took action against — including a $130,000.00 fine — a company over concerns that the company was preventing its employees from potentially blowing the whistle on illegal activity. The action is … Continue reading

Posted in Dodd Frank, Whistleblower

Texas Supreme Court Hands Victory To Employers In The Evolving Law Regarding Non-Competition Agreements

Mark Oberti observes: On Friday, August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court delivered another victory for employers seeking to enforce post-employment restrictions against former employees who seek to go to work for competitors. In Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Drennan, No. … Continue reading

Posted in At Will Employment, Houston Employment Law, Houston Executive Lawyer, Non Compete Agreements

The ADA Also Prohibits Discrimination Based On An Employee’s Relationship Or Association With An Individual With Cancer

We are blogging on Mark Oberti’s paper on the “5 Things Employers And Employees Need To Know About Cancer In The Workplace” In a little known part of the ADA, the law provides that it is unlawful for an employer … Continue reading

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Victims Of Disability Discrimination Have Short Time Limits To Act

We are blogging on Mark Oberti’s paper on the “5 Things Employers And Employees Need To Know About Cancer In The Workplace” Under the ADA, an employee has only 300 days to file an EEOC Charge of Discrimination from the … Continue reading

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The FMLA Provides Some Job Protection For Cancer Victims, But Is Very Technical

We are blogging on Mark Oberti’s paper on the “5 Things Employers And Employees Need To Know About Cancer In The Workplace” The FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave per year for employees suffering from a serious … Continue reading

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The EEOC Is Focused On The ADA Rights Of Employees With Cancer, Especially Ones With Reasonable Accommodation Issues

We are blogging on Mark Oberti’s paper on the “5 Things Employers And Employees Need To Know About Cancer In The Workplace” The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is the federal government agency that investigates alleged violations of the ADA, … Continue reading

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