Jay Aldis represents and counsels employers in all types of employment law disputes. He has litigated hundreds of cases, including claims of age, disability, gender, race and religious discrimination; sexual harassment matters; wage and hour/overtime disputes; breach of contract cases; occupational health and safety issues; covenant not to compete cases; and retaliation and whistleblower suits. He has also defended employers against dozens of civil rights claims, including due process, equal protection, false arrest, excessive force and First Amendment lawsuits.
Jay’s litigation successes include obtaining verdicts in many jury and bench trials as well as arbitration proceedings. In one such case, Jay obtained a jury verdict of $4.1 million against three former employees and their new employer in a non-solicitation, unfair competition, conspiracy and misuse of confidential information lawsuit. Jay has also obtained summary judgment in dozens of civil rights, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, equal pay and overtime disputes. Jay’s experience includes securing numerous temporary restraining orders, temporary injunctions and permanent injunctions against his clients’ former employees who violated confidentiality, non-solicitation or non-compete agreements.
On the administrative side of his practice, Jay represents employers before federal, state and regional government agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers' Compensation and the Texas Workforce Commission. Prior to joining Bracewell, Jay served as a deputy division chief in the Harris County Attorney's Office, where he litigated and tried dozens of civil rights and employment cases. He has written or presented more than 70 papers on employment and civil rights law.
Recent Notable Matters
Alice Meadows v. Texas TransEastern, Inc. (55th Judicial District Court, Harris County, June 2019) — Obtained jury verdict in favor of Texas TransEastern on claims that it discriminated, harassed, failed to accommodate and retaliated against a former employee because of a disability. Also obtained an advisory verdict from the jury that Texas TransEastern be paid the attorneys’ fees it incurred defending against the plaintiff’s claims.
Parallax Performance Management, Inc. and John Regula v. Accelytics, Inc., and Ashish Jain — obtained a $551,000 jury verdict against a company that wrongly claimed it had an enforceable non-competition agreement with Jay’s client; tortiously interfered with the client’s prospective business relationship; and breached a contract by failing to pay the client’s earned commissions
AAA Arbitration — Represented investment banker against claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and tortious interference. After a multi-week hearing, the panel awarded Petitioner none of the more than $41 million it sought against Jay’s client.
Crawford Electric Supply v. Turtle & Hughes, Inc. and Anthony Alvarez — Represented Defendants in a non-competition and non-solicitation lawsuit. Plaintiff claimed Turtle & Hughes improperly recruited Alvarez and, in doing so, tortiously interfered with a non-competition and non-solicitation agreement Plaintiff had with Alvarez. Plaintiff also alleged Alvarez’s activities violated his restrictive covenants. After multiple days of temporary injunction hearings, the court denied Plaintiff’s requests for injunctive relief.
Arbitration Before International Centre for Dispute Resolution — Represented Respondent in breach of executive employment agreement and quantum meruit case. After a one-week trial, the panel denied the Claimants any of the more than $5.8 million they sought from Respondent.
Nationwide Recovery Systems v. HHT, Ltd., et al. — obtained $4.1 million jury verdict against three former employees in non-solicitation, unfair competition, conspiracy and misuse of confidential information lawsuit
AAA Arbitration — Successfully defended Respondent energy company against Petitioner’s claim that he was entitled to $1.2 million in damages on his breach of contract, quantum meruit, promissory estoppel, fraudulent inducement, fraud and unjust enrichment causes of action
Baker Petrolite — temporary restraining orders, temporary injunctions and permanent injunctions obtained against former employees in multiple lawsuits due to the employees' violations of their restrictive covenants, unfair competition and violations of the Texas Theft Liability Act
Variable Annuity Life Insurance Co. — temporary restraining orders, temporary injunctions and permanent injunctions obtained against former employees in multiple lawsuits due to the employees' violations of their restrictive covenants and unfair competition
Michals, et al. v. American Electric Power, 287 Fed. Appx. 335 (5th Cir. 2008) — Gender discrimination, retaliation and Equal Pay Act lawsuit filed by three former employees who claimed they were excluded from a lucrative bonus program due to their gender. Summary judgment for AEP was affirmed.
EEOC v. Harris County, Texas — Age discrimination lawsuit pursued by the EEOC on behalf of 90 lawyers who unsuccessfully applied for assistant district attorney positions. The EEOC, which ultimately dismissed the suit, alleged the Harris County District Attorney's Office did not hire the applicants as prosecutors because the applicants were 40 years of age or older.
Carol Burns v. Harris County Bail Bond Board, 139 F.3d 513 (5th Cir. 1998) — equal protection and due process lawsuit in which summary judgment for the Bail Bond Board was affirmed
Jennifer Waymire v. Harris County, 86 F.3d 424 (5th Cir. 1996) — Sexual harassment lawsuit against the Harris County Sheriff's Department. The plaintiff, a female deputy, alleged a male deputy ordered an inmate to draw a pornographic picture of the female and then passed the picture around at roll call. Judgment as a matter of law for the Sheriff's Department was affirmed.
Publications and Speeches
"Employment Law Update," State Bar of Texas Advanced Government Law Course, 2018
"Avoiding Employment Law Pitfalls," National District Attorneys Association Executive Program, 2018
"The Changing Face of Discrimination Law; Workplace Employment Issues; Beyond Disciplinary Actions – The Breaking Point: Litigation of Employment Matters," National District Attorneys Association Office Administration Course, 2017
"Employment Law: What You Need to Know," State Bar of Texas Advanced Government Law Course, 2017
"Beyond Disciplinary Actions—The Breaking Point: Litigation of Employment Matters," National District Attorneys Association Office Administration Course, 2017
"National Labor Relations Board Update and What to Expect from a Trump Administration NLRB,' Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, 2017.
"Employment Law Update: Enforcement and Litigation," Federal Bar Association--Southern District of Texas Chapter, 2017.
"Employment Law 101," Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) Elected Prosecutor Conference, 2016.
"Avoiding the Pitfalls of Employment Law," National District Attorneys Association Executive Program, 2016.
"Interviewing 101 – Effective (and Lawful) Interviews," TDCAA Prosecutor Management Retreat, 2016.
"Managing Your Friends," TDCAA Annual Criminal and Civil Law Update, 2015.
"Employment Case Law Update," TDCAA Civil Law Seminar, 2015.
"Texas Employment Law Compliance," American Academy of Opthalmic Executives, 2015.
"Effective Employee Evaluations," TDCAA Elected Prosecutor Conference, 2014.
"Employment Law for Prosecutors," TDCAA Annual Criminal and Civil Law Seminar, 2014.
"First Amendment Claims and Social Media Issues," State Bar of Texas Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Course, 2014.
"Developments in Disability Discrimination Law," TDCAA Civil Law Seminar, 2014.
"The Law of Motherhood," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, 2013.
"Employment Law Update," TDCAA Civil Law Seminar, 2013.
"Managing the Pregnant Employee," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, 2012.
"Employee Non-Compete Issues for Financial Institutions," State Bar of Texas Suing, Defending and Negotiating with Financial Institutions Course, 2012.
Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization