Texas employers are required to abide by state and federal laws when it comes to pay, hours, benefits and equal treatment and to make sure that all of their contracts are legal. When employers don’t follow the law, our Katy, TX, employment lawyers aren’t afraid to hold them accountable.
We have been representing employees at all levels and in all kinds of industries and occupations for 12 years. We’ve also tried cases before every labor board agency in Texas. We can put that experience to work for you.
Our Employment Law Services
Our labor attorneys in Katy, TX, handle just about every type of employment law issue you might have, including:
- Disability and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Equal pay
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Pregnancy and nursing
- Sexual harassment
- Wage and hour issues
- Wrongful termination
- And more.
Our workplace attorneys in Katy, TX, also help employees and independent contractors negotiate contracts. We work with employees who are being restrained by potentially illegal clauses in contracts such as non-compete and non-disparagement clauses.
As a minority, women-owned firm, our Katy, TX, employment lawyers have built a reputation for fighting for equity and justice throughout all workplaces and the communities we serve.
Employment Law FAQs
What should I do if I suspect my employer is conducting illegal activity?
The best thing to do is to talk to an experienced employment attorney quickly. You should also document as much about what has happened as possible. Save emails and text messages, talk to witnesses and write out a diary of events. Your employer will likely dispute your account, and the evidence you have can help you prove what happened — and what still may be happening. In some cases, you can also file reports to your HR department, the EEOC, or even OSHA for safety-related issues such as retaliation for refusal to do dangerous work.
What you may discover is that you are not at all alone. If the illegal activity has impacted you and your career, there are likely other employees who have found themselves in the same position. Getting their statements and accounts can help to establish a pattern of behavior. This is important if your employer tries to claim that what happened was a one-time event or a misinterpretation.
Was I wrongfully terminated/fired?
Wrongful termination can happen for many reasons. If you have a contract, it happens whenever the terms of that contract are breached. For instance, it may state that you can only be fired for cause, when your employer fired you for no reason, citing at-will employment laws. Your contract offers you protections beyond those laws.
While at-will employment does technically mean that anyone can be fired (or can quit) at any time, remember that you still cannot be fired for illegal reasons that violate your rights. Refer to the protected classes noted above (race, religion, sex, age, etc.). If your employer fires you due to your race, for instance, that’s still illegal even if you have no contract and you are an at-will employee.
Moreover, when companies have stated policies in place, even if they’re not technically in a contract, they still have to be followed. For example, your company may have a three-strikes policy that guarantees you two warnings before a firing. Therefore, being fired immediately and without warning could still be illegal, even though at-will employment laws allow it.
How do I know if I have been harassed or discriminated against?
There are protected classes in the United States, and harassment and discrimination typically violate your rights under one of these classes.Per the EEOC, they include:
- Sex (along with gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy)
- Age (40+)
- National origin
- Genetic information
Harassment can include everything from jokes to insults to physical contact. Discrimination may include things like failure to hire, wrongful termination, passing you over for promotions, and more. We will determine if your case has all of the necessary components.
The biggest thing that you should know is that your gut is often right. When things feel unfair and unjust, especially if the perpetrator is an employer or a supervisor, they probably are unfair and unjust. When your rights are violated, you need someone to stand up on your behalf. We can do that for you in any industry.
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How can our Katy, TX, employment law firm help you? Call us at (877) 229-9997 or complete the contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Daniel Williams Law attorneys to discuss your issues. Let us put our years of experience to work for you. Se habla español.