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EEOC mediation and lawsuit settlement amounts in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

EEOC mediations and lawsuits often end in settlement of claims for employment discrimination in Dallas and Fort Worth, including wrongful termination. An important question for many employees filing employment discrimination claims with the EEOC is what they can expect in a settlement. Many employment discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC in Dallas settle either in mediation with the EEOC or after filing a lawsuit but before trial. Settlements at these two stages happen at critically different stages of an employment discrimination claim so their settlement values are, collectively, different. We will discuss the average EEOC mediation or lawsuit settlement averages...

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Cheap uncontested divorce lawyers in Dallas, Texas — Flat fee uncontested divorce in Texas

Many people search for cheap uncontested divorce lawyers in Dallas, Texas because the spouses have an agreement on a simple divorce and need low cost help getting through the Dallas family courts. In agreed divorces with simple property and custody issues it makes sense to look for cheap uncontested divorce. It isn't necessary to spend thousands of dollars on divorce lawyers if the parties already have a reasonable agreement. You definitely want the uncontested divorce to go smoothly and hiring a divorce attorney can help get that done. Most people seeking cheap uncontested divorce lawyers in Dallas, Texas look for the best...

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Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension Funding Crisis–Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed an extremely basic foundation of pension funding. Specifically, why pension plans are not fully funded and why they run into problems with their investments. Let's take those basics and apply them to the funding problems of the Dallas Police and Firefighters pension. The foundation of the Dallas, Texas pension funding crisis To really understand the problem with the Dallas pension you have to understand the function of the pension. Most people consider pensions as an employment benefit gratuitously offered by the employer because the employer cares about the employee's well-being. As an employment lawyer I know the...

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Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension Funding Crisis–Part 1

Dallas residents may have discovered over the past several months a financial crisis in their city related to the Dallas Police and Firefighters Pension. Few people really understand pension funding and how pension funding created this billion dollar shortfall for the city. The local news media in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas has done a fairly good job of discussing current activities to try to resolve the financial crisis; but they have generally done a poor job explaining how pension funding caused this crisis. As a Dallas employment attorney with experience working with large pension plans I can delve into the mysterious...

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How long to get an uncontested divorce in Fort Worth, Texas without a divorce attorney?

Uncontested divorce, also known as agreed divorce, is a divorce in which the spouses have agreed to the property and custody issues. As a divorce attorney I help a lot of people with uncontested divorces in both Fort Worth and Dallas. A lot of people deal with their uncontested divorce without a divorce attorney and take their chances in court. The frustration for these folks comes at the final stage of an agreed divorce, known as a prove up, in which they propose the divorce decree to the judge and he or she hears testimony in support of the decree. If the judicial...

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Interview with Fort Worth Divorce Attorney Adam Kielich on Divorce

Adam Kielich is a Fort Worth divorce attorney and managing attorney at The Kielich Law Firm in Bedford, Texas. This is an adaptation of an interview provided for a local journalism program researching the Tarrant County legal system. This research includes the affordability of legal counsel, the efficiency of the courts and overall fairness in the legal system. The program does not focus exclusively on family law issues but due to the prevalence of divorce in Tarrant County it will play a larger role in the research. This version of the interview should not be considered a transcript of the actual...

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Uncontested Divorce Resources Roundup

Many people look for a cheap divorce or uncontested divorce. I believe not all divorces must be complicated, contested and expensive. For many people an uncontested divorce or agreed divorce is effective. Uncontested divorce in Fort Worth, Texas Below is a series of links discussing uncontested divorce and some issues you may face in an uncontested divorce in Tarrant County. Fort Worth divorce attorney explains "What Can I Do If I Want An Uncontested Divorce But Can’t Find My Spouse?" Bedford divorce attorney on issues in an uncontested divorce Bedford divorce attorney on prioritizing children in an uncontested divorce Fort Worth divorce...

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The 323rd District Court in Fort Worth, Texas with Fort Worth divorce lawyer Adam Kielich

The 323rd district court in Fort Worth handles family law cases and juvenile criminal cases. Although it is a family law court it does not hear divorces or other private family disputes. Instead it handles CPS and other child welfare disputes in Tarrant County. The 323rd district court might be most well known for the affluenza case. If CPS is involved in your custody or parenting relationship with your children then it is probable that any legal proceedings will be before the 323rd and not one of the family law district courts in downtown Fort Worth. The 323rd district court is in North Fort...

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Can my Texas employer fire me for doing what my manager told me to do?

Here's a tricky situation: you follow a specific instruction from your manager or a company policy. Then your employer fires you. Can this happen for following orders? Unfortunately, in most cases the answer: yes. Seems bizarre--and it is--but this is the nature of the at-will employment relationship. In an at-will employment relationship the employer can discipline an employee, up to termination, for a bad reason--even no reason at all. The employer can fire you for doing exactly what it instructed you to do. This is among the most glaring proof that the at-will employment relationship is a legal fiction. Texas law treats the at-will employment relationship...

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Just been fired? Apply for unemployment benefits in Texas

If you are fired (aka discharged, terminated) from your job then one of your first acts in almost all cases should be to apply for unemployment benefits. Applying for unemployment benefits through the Texas Workforce Commission is free so even if denied benefits you have only lost the time applying. This is true even if your employer believes it had a legitimate reason to fire you. The TWC has specific standards for awarding unemployment benefits. The employer's reason for terminating your employment may not meet those standards. Sometimes employers do not defend against an unemployment benefit application. You can receive benefits...

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