Employment laws are in place in order to protect employees from a wide variety of adverse and illegal actions in the workplace. Unfortunately, these laws are frequently broken and employees find themselves in a hostile or otherwise uncomfortable work environment.
Texas is an at-will employment state, meaning that in most cases, you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all. However, you cannot be fired for an illegal reason, such as discrimination or retaliation.
Illegal reasons for firing an employee include discrimination based on age, race, religion, national origin, disability, sex (i.e., gender), and disability, or retaliation for having performed a lawful, protected act.
Employment discrimination and wrongful termination claims can be difficult because ultimately the employee has the burden of proving that he or she was fired, not hired, not promoted, or otherwise harassed because of his or her protected classification—for instance, because she was woman, or because he had a disability, or because he took Family Medical Leave (FMLA), or because he received workman’s compensation benefits.
Remedies for wrongful termination depend on the facts of each case and the specific laws that pertain to those facts.
Often, our wrongful termination clients are unsure of whether they have a claim and whether their former employers acted illegally in their termination action. We can help you to identify whether you have a potential basis for claim.
If you have experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, or some other unlawful employment practice, it is important to protect your rights by seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable employment law attorney.
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For a free case evaluation contact the attorneys at the Gilbreath Law Firm (210) 479-3195.