In the state of Texas, employees are considered to be working “at will”. This means that an employer can fire any employee at any time for any reason. However, in order to try to protect honest employees from illegitimate firing practices, wrongful termination laws have been established and can be enforced with legal representation.
Employers cannot make job decisions based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Additionally, they cannot discriminate against you based on age, genetic information or disability. The phrase, “job decisions,” includes job listings, interviews, promotions, benefits, compensation and disciplinary actions, as examples.
In addition, laws also protect workers against harassment, defined as unwelcome actions or statements based on certain traits like race or sex that can create a hostile or offensive working environment. If someone must endure this kind of harassment in order to keep his or her job, then the employer could be violating the law. If you complain to someone within the company or to a government agency, it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you, by firing you (wrongful termination), for example.
Our El Paso employment law attorneys at Scherr Legate have always understood the importance of defending the rights of the working American. In fact, the entirety of our firm is dedicated to matters that concern employees all across the state of Texas.
If you have been fired and you do not believe there are clear or valid reasons why, the El Paso employment lawyers at Scherr Legate can help you find the justice you deserve. To discuss your unique circumstances, please call to set up a consultation.
In order to avoid a wrongful termination lawsuit, some employers will make up false reasons for why they terminated you. This is known as defamation of character. You might have a case if your employer defamed you to bolster its case for your termination.
For example, if he or she accused you of doing drugs as a reason for firing you, and you did not use controlled substances, a wrongful termination attorney can help reveal this discrepancy to the court.