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Dallas Employment Attorney Casey Erick in the News

Monday, May 7th, 2012

We are pleased to announce that Dallas/Ft. Worth news station KDAF-TV interviewed firm partner Casey Erick on May 4, 2012. The interview focused on whether or not a Texas employee has the right to criticize his or her employer in a public forum. The interview can be seen here. The news story has also been transcribed below:

American Airlines Mechanic Posts YouTube Rant
Dennis Barnett Attacked Airline Management, Union Leaders, Defended Coworkers

Daniel Novick

CW 33 News
9:33 PM CDT, May 4, 2012

The American Airlines bankruptcy appears to be taking its toll on some AA employees, as one mechanic went on a nearly 17 minute rant that was then posted on YouTube.

From the video, it was clear that Dennis Barnett loved air travel, airplanes and the airline industry. He said in the video his father was an airplane mechanic and he said Barnett had worked on airplanes for much of his life.

But his passion for the airline industry has turned into anger.

“This was the fifth largest airline in the world in operating revenues and available seat miles, and you’ve managed to run it and its fleet of aircraft into the [expletive] ground. How [expletive] dare you,” said Barnett.

Barnett, who wore his uniform in the YouTube clip, read a letter that attacked airline management.

“We need leaders in management, not [expletive] who don’t have a [expletive] [expletive] clue in what it takes to run an airline,” he said.

He also went after the unions.

“Our unions are just as much at fault. Jim Little, shut your [expletive] mouth,” said Barnett.

Barnett defended his coworkers, the men and women he said are on the front lines everyday.

“You are taking advantage of us, the employees of this [expletive] [expletive] airline, how [expletive] dare you, you low life mother [expletive],” Barnett said in the YouTube clip.

American Airlines issued a statement about Barnett’s video, which read, “We are aware of the video and the employee has been withheld from service with pay pending further discussion with him.”

Dallas based employment attorney Casey Erick said posting angry comments online could cost Barnett his job, and he probably wouldn’t have a legal leg to stand on to fight the firing.

“Merely griping and complaining about your boss is not protected And I think people would be surprised how many cases actually fall on the side of the employer,” Erick told CW 33 News.

Erick said in cases where online comments by employees were protected was when it was done with the authority of other employees, or the person was speaking on behalf of fellow employees.

Copyright © 2012, KDAF-TV


Our Firm Files Suit Against Standard Parking Corporation

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

For Immediate Release

On October 19, 2011, our Dallas employment law firm filed suit against Standard Parking Corporation (“Standard”) on behalf of our client, Ms. Dana Heath, to recover damages for being wrongfully discharged for refusing to perform an illegal act. The lawsuit makes the following allegations:

Ms. Heath and her former boyfriend were both employees at Standard’s Dallas office. On August 5, 2011, the former boyfriend was arrested and charged with a domestic violence offense against Ms. Heath. Ms. Heath provided a sworn statement to police which prompted an investigation and an emergency protective order to be issued. The very next day, on August 6, 2011, Ms. Heath provided a statement to Standard which discussed the previous night’s incident. Ms. Heath informed Standard that the former boyfriend had threatened to shoot and kill her at work, along with other co-workers and one manager. Another co-worker wrote a statement regarding the former boyfriend’s threats against Standard employees. In response, Standard actually suspended Ms. Heath, without pay, while they investigated the incident. However, the former boyfriend continued to work at Standard.

The lawsuit alleges that, on August 24, 2011, Ms. Heath was summoned to the office of a Standard executive working in Dallas. In that meeting, it is alleged that the executive presented a letter to Ms. Heath which stated that she recanted her previous statements to the police and district attorney about the family violence offense. Ms. Heath was ordered to agree to the allegations in the letter or be fired immediately. The lawsuit claims that to sign the letter would have been a crime and subject her to charges including, but not limited to, perjury or falsifying a police report.

The above-referenced conversation was recorded.

Ms. Heath has sued both Standard Parking and the executive at issue and seeks all damages related to this incident including punitive damages. Ms. Heath is represented by Dallas employment attorneys Casey Erick and Tom M. Thomas II of the Law Office of Erick & Thomas in Dallas, TX. They may be contacted at 214-691-6200 or reached through their website at

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Life Time Fitness Sued For Racial Discrimination

Friday, July 1st, 2011


For Immediate Release

On April, 13 2011, Allen, Texas citizen Ronald Braxton filed a lawsuit against Life Time Fitness, Inc. in Federal Court in the Eastern District of Texas.  Mr. Braxton, an African American former professional football player, was a highly respected and very productive personal trainer who spent time at several Life Time Fitness facilities in both a training and managerial capacity.  The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Braxton was subjected to extreme racial discrimination and retaliation.  The lawsuit alleges that, in one incident, Mr. Braxton’s manager referred to him in the most derogatory of racial slurs and subjected Mr. Braxton to extreme verbal abuse.  The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Braxton was initially actually fired over this incident by the same manager in what was clearly a manufactured effort to see that the abuse that Mr. Braxton endured would never come to light.  The lawsuit alleges that in response to Mr. Braxton’s unlawful and contrived termination, Life Time Fitness executives actually reinstated Mr. Braxton’s position and transferred him to a different facility, apparently out of concern over Mr. Braxton’s treatment.  The lawsuit further alleges that, while at the Allen, Texas facility, Mr. Braxton quickly became the facility’s most successful salesman and soon developed a large client base.  The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Braxton was a model employee who reached, if not exceeded, the goals set by his superiors. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Braxton was nonetheless repeatedly treated differently than white employees and ultimately fired because of his race.  The lawsuit will be tried to a jury.

Casey Erick, one of Mr, Braxton’s attorneys, stated:  “It’s sad, but the truth is that this type of conduct occurs every day in the workplace.  Mr. Braxton was singled out, mistreated, and fired because of the color of his skin.  This type of case is an example of why we need a civil court system capable of addressing discriminatory business practices.”

Mr. Braxton is represented by attorneys Casey Erick and Tom M. Thomas II of the Law Office of Tom M. Thomas II in Dallas, TX.  They may be contacted at 214-691-6200 or reached through their website at / .


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