Houston Employment Lawyer
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Issues that may arise may impact your ability to support your family or your mental and physical health. Job-related disputes may also affect your ability to obtain further employment. Our team of licensed attorneys are here to ensure your well-being in the workplace and that you’re properly compensated.
Enjoy a consultation today to set about the right course of action for your best possible result in all aspects of employment law. Our employment attorneys in Houston are licensed to practice in both Texas and Louisiana.
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Trusted employment law services
Our New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX, employment lawyers have been trusted by clients in every type of industry and line of work to know the law and fight for their rights under it. We handle a broad range of cases, including those involving
- RSeverance & Separation
- RSexual Harassment
- REqual Pay
- RPregnancy and Nursing
- RContract Review and Negotiation
- RFamily Medical Leave Act ( FMLA)
- RWage & Hour
- RNon-Compete Agreements
- RWrongful Termination
Employment laws are always changing – thankfully, for the most part, for the better. However, our Houston, TX, employment lawyers know that employers don’t always keep up with those changes – and sometimes they simply defy the law.
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.
While this website provides general information, it does not constitute legal advice. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. Our New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX employment law firm is here for you.