The integration of an increasingly diversified workforce into long-range business goals is the greatest challenge for today’s employers. Cowles and Thompson Labor and Employment attorneys work with all phases of the employee-employer relationship. We counsel and provide representation to clients regarding their employees -- one of their most valuable assets.
During the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic, we are publishing relevant updates that affect employers, employees, and businesses. Please refer to our News/Events tab for news and publications. Here are our latest Employment-related posts:
- Legal Defenses When COVID-19 Causes a Breach of Contract
- The COVID Vaccine and Workplace Compliance
- The Continued Assistance Act Becomes Law and Extends Credits for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Department of Labor's Proposed Rule Clarifies FLSA Employee vs. Independent Contractor Analysis
- Guidance from the Governor's Office for Texas Employers on the Re-Opening of Texas
- Texas Re-Opens Retail; COVID-19: Considerations for Employee Testing
- What Next? When Employees Return to the Workforce After COVID-19
- 7 Ways Employers Can Protect Confidential Information During the Covid-19 Crisis
- Can I Be Forced to Go Into Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak?
- Dallas Employee Sick-Leave Ordinance Slated to Start April 1, 2020 Has Been Blocked
- Furlough vs. Layoff: Subtle Differences and What's Important for Employers
- COVID-19 Downsizing/Early Retirement or Voluntary Severance and Age Discrimination
- Coronavirus: Texas Workforce Commission Issues Guidance for Separations
- What Employers Should Know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Tips for Texas Employers Dealing with Coronavirus
The following items are an example of outcomes achieved for our clients.
- Commercial/Business litigation - Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurants, Inc. et al vs. Rosebriar Stemmons, L.P.; Cause No. DC 20-03597; 134th District Court, Dallas County, Texas; and In the Matter of Rosebriar Stemmons, LP vs. Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant, Inc. and BLD Brands, LLC; Cause No. 01-20-0000-2358; American Arbitrations Association – represent national restaurant chain (Spaghetti Warehouse) in parallel lawsuits pending in state court and in the American Arbitration Association defending against alleged breach of commercial lease. 2020
- Defamation - Mignogna v. FUNimation, et al., Cause No. 141-307474-19, 141st Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, Texas - succeeded in obtaining dismissal of all claims in a $5 million defamation lawsuit brought by well-known Dragon Ball voice actor Vic Mignogna against his former employer and two former colleagues, plus the fiancé of one of those colleagues. 2019-2020
- Fair Labor Standards Act - Martagon, et al v. Murillo, et al; Cause No. 3:18-CV-2605-K, In the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division – obtained no-damage finding after three-day jury trial in defense of employer. 2019
- Arbitration/Breach of Employment Agreement – Vectra Infosys, Inc. v. Sandeep Kumar Adema and Deepa Chintam; Cause No. 05-18-01371-CV, Fifth District Court of Appeals – successful enforcement of arbitration clause against former employee who brought suit against client claiming breach of an employment agreement. 2019
- Successful representation of fast-food restaurants in Texas in a Wage-Hour investigation. The agency originally demanded approximately $1.5 million in back wages and another $1.5 million in liquidated damages, and proposed another $250,000 in civil money penalties. After lengthy negotiations, the case was closed with a total payment of $50,000 (or about $0.015-cents on the dollar). 2018
- Successful wage dispute settlement. A Houston-area employer was investigated by the Wage and Hour Division of the U. S. Department of Labor (“DOL”). DOL told the employer it was in violation of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the federal minimum wage and overtime law, and owed in excess of $500,000 in back wages. The company’s local counsel called in Brian who obtained settlement for $45.00. The client and the local attorney were pleased with the outcome. 2013
- Arbitration/Employment Discrimination - Stride Staffing v. Antonio Holloway, LEXIS 7846 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2015) (petition for review denied by Holloway v. Stride Staffing, LEXIS 961 (Tex. 2015) – defense of an employment discrimination matter which included the successful enforcement of an arbitration clause in the court of appeals. 2015–2018
Areas of Representation
- Our attorneys work with all phases of the employee/employer relationship.
- Hiring process
- Policy drafting and implementation
- Employee discipline and termination
- Harassment in the workplace
- Discrimination claims
- Wage/hour claims and litigation, including those related to Davis-Bacon Act and the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act
- Litigation avoidance
- Defense of employment-related litigation
Types of Matters
Cowles and Thompson represents clients in the full range of employment needs before the Texas Workforce Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal courts on cases involving race, national origin, sex, age, religion and disability discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation and invasion of privacy, non-competition agreements, protection of trade secrets, wage and hour issues, and other employment-related issues.
Our attorneys counsel employers on job-related matters such as:
- Drafting and formulating employment policy and procedure manuals, application forms, job descriptions, and implementing employment policies and procedures
- Providing seminars for directed and targeted client needs
- Preparing employment contracts, confidentiality and non-compete clauses and when necessary, separation agreements and releases
- Advising on all phases of the employment process, from notice and posting requirements to the interview process, through post-interview stage, including the actual offer and post-offer processes
- Providing consultation for any employment need that might arise on a day-to-day basis, ensuring clients are in optimal positions in the event an adverse employment decision must be made
- Investigating allegations of employee/executive misconduct
- Investigating allegations of wage/hour violations
- Assisting and handling administrative proceedings
C-Level and Management Issues
Cowles and Thompson Employment attorneys routinely deal with a wide variety of employment law issues encountered by business management and C-level executives.
With the recent increase in employment-related litigation, our attorneys continue to provide counsel that includes a combination of advice on addressing legal issues, and practice solutions for litigation avoidance purposes, as well as thorough preparation in anticipation of trial.
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Cowles and Thompson Obtains Extraordinary Relief from the Court of Appeals Ordering Claims Against Former Employees to Proceed
- Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule Clarifies FLSA Employee vs. Independent Contractor Analysis
- Monday, June 15, 2020 Supreme Court Rules: Existing Civil Rights Law Protects LGBTQ Workers
- Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Dallas Employee Sick-Leave Ordinance Slated to Start April 1 has Been Blocked
- Monday, March 23, 2020 Coronavirus: Texas Workforce Commission Issues Guidance for Separations
- Monday, March 23, 2020 Cowles and Thompson Employment Attorneys Quick Reference Sheet
- Thursday, March 28, 2013 Brian Farrington settles wage dispute
- Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Hospital's COVID Vaccination Requirement
- Wednesday, June 02, 2021 Reasonable Agreements and the FLSA: A Different Approach to Wage-Hour Issues Raised by Working from Home
- Friday, May 07, 2021 Will the New Sheriff in Town be the Old Sheriff?
- Thursday, February 04, 2021 Ensuring Enforceability in Texas Non-Competition Agreements
- Monday, February 01, 2021 EEOC Updates Guidance Regarding Religious Discrimination
- Wednesday, January 06, 2021 The Continued Assistance Act Becomes Law and Extends Tax Credits for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Thursday, December 17, 2020 The COVID Vaccine and Workplace Compliance
- Friday, July 31, 2020 Can an Employer Terminate Someone for Their Public Opinions?
- Thursday, June 11, 2020 Help Has Arrived for Retail Employers: The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
- Thursday, May 14, 2020 Guidance from the Governor's Office for Texas Employers on the Re-opening of Texas
- Friday, April 17, 2020 Texas Re-Opens Retail Businesses; COVID-19: Considerations for Employee Testing
- Wednesday, April 15, 2020 What Happens Next? When Employees Return to the Workforce After COVID-19
- Wednesday, April 01, 2020 Can I Be Forced to Go Into Work During the COVID-19 Outbreak?
- Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Furlough vs. Layoff: What is the Difference and What's Important for Employers?
- Wednesday, March 25, 2020 COVID19 Downsizing/Early Retirement or Voluntary Severance Agreements and Age Discrimination
- Thursday, March 19, 2020 What Employers Should Know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Tips for Texas Employers Dealing with Coronavirus
- Sunday, March 01, 2020 Employment Law - Quick Contacts
- Wednesday, November 13, 2019 No Joking at Work? Is That a Joke?
- Thursday, August 08, 2019 The Fate of a New Paid Sick Time Ordinance for Dallas Workers is Now in the Hands of a Federal Judge
- Friday, July 28, 2017 DOJ vs. EEOC -- Federal agencies take opposing positions on the same issue in the same case, regarding discrimination and LGBT employees
- Thursday, November 14, 2013 Dept. of Labor 1, Major League Baseball 0 (Brian Farrington)