Moster Craft has represented business owners in almost all sector areas for over 30 years and is ready and equipped to represent clients who might be addressing immediate employment law issues or matters which are more long-term and systemic. Key areas of concern in the employment law realm include:
Non-Compete Agreements– Non-compete agreements are enforceable in Texas but must be crafted diligently to comply with state law and a bevy of Texas Court Decisions including several from the Texas Supreme Court. This area of the law changes frequently and the language of employee agreements must be precise or the non-compete will be enforceable.
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s)– NDA’s are often conflated with non-compete agreements but are entirely different. Even if a non-compete is found to be unenforceable a properly drafted NDA should do the trick as it prohibits employees from disclosing confidential business information and methods to a competitor of your business.
Protecting Trade Secrets – These are the “family business jewels” and include client lists, confidential business and sales methods, preferred vendor lists, marketing strategies, internal compensation, and other items personal to the success of the business. Frequently the top producers of a business can be recruited, often illegally, by a competitor to gain market share or destroy another company which is considered to be a threat. The Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (TUTSA) is a fantastic enforcement tool for employers as it provides new and effective remedies to stop rogue employees and complicit competitors in their tracks through injunction options and new ways to expand damages. We practice extensively in this area which we consider to be our sweet spot.
TWC – Texas Workforce Commission Matters – The TWC is a frequent problem for employers who is decidedly pro-employee in their operation. A terminated employee will almost always make an employment insurance claim invoking the involvement of the TWC. Our Firm routinely responds to employee insurance claims which need to be challenged and represents clients at the TWC hearings and appeals.
Employee Litigation – This is a critical area for us. The Firm defends businesses in lawsuits brought by employees against employers on a wide range of issues from compensation disputes to discrimination. Many of these cases are frivolous attempts by disgruntled employees to extract money from our clients and are vigorously defended.
Moster Craft Litigation on the Attack – We are known for aggressively going after employees who steal trade secrets and try to startup their own businesses using illegal information. We have a suite of remedies including the rapid ability to go after these rogue employees with a TRO or temporary restraining order – also known as an injunction. Our job is to stop these interlopers in their tracks.
Discrimination Defense – This is a focused area that requires understanding the defenses to lawsuits brought by the EEOC, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) under state law. Employees in Texas are known to bring frivolous lawsuits to extract (or extort) concessions from their prior employers. Many of these actions will fail but they need to be attacked by experienced employment lawyers. We are prepared to assist and rapidly respond.