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January 2016 Archives

Contract Disputes: Life Time Fitness sues for breach of contract

Individuals in Texas who are in high ranking positions within their companies must exercise caution if they decide to leave their employment and have signed a non-compete agreement. Contract disputes still may occur even if the departed employees are adamant that they are adhering to their agreements in good faith. Life Time Fitness has recently filed a federal lawsuit in Texas against its former vice president, his wife and their new business -- ReNew You LLC -- for breaching a non-compete agreement.

Use of FMLA time may have resulted in retaliation to an ex worker

Serious illnesses can be difficult for Texas employees to manage, and in some cases, the medical conditions may be so severe that an approved leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act may be necessary for those employees who qualify for this employment benefit. Taking advantage of this federal law, however, should not result in adverse employment conditions or any other type of retaliation. A former employee of Dart Container Corp. in another state alleges that he lost his job because he took an approved medical leave, and he has filed a claim against the company and its human resource manager in federal court.

Changing employers could result in contract disputes

Things can be a bit complicated when Texas employees with access to confidential information choose to move on and secure employment elsewhere. On many occasions, these workers sign non-compete agreements. When claims arise that the terms have been violated, contract disputes can occur. Centennial Bank has filed a federal lawsuit against a former regional president and a competing bank, ServisFirst, alleging violations of the former employee's non-compete agreement.

Ex-waitress alleges she lost her job for sexual harassment claims

All Texas employees expect to work in a safe environment that makes them feel comfortable, but that is not always the way that things turn out. An employee for a Sonny's Barbecue restaurant in another state claims that not long after she started working, she was subjected to sexual harassment. She has initiated the process to sue by filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Contract disputes: Ex sales manager sued re non-compete contract

Many Texas employees may not be fully aware of what all of the clauses mean in a non-compete agreement before they sign it. Workers who skim the information and assume that everything is in order, or assume that it will not affect them because they have no intention of quitting, may be mistaken. Misunderstanding these agreements can result in contract disputes that could be very costly.

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