In Texas, an employer doesn’t need a reason to fire an employee because this is an at-will employment state. However, employees have certain rights too. Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and the Texas Labor Code prohibit workplace discrimination based on aspects like race, color, nationality, religion, gender, and disability. Also, an employee cannot be wrongfully terminated because of these factors. If you believe that you have suffered discrimination at work, you should consider contacting an Austin employment lawyer. A lawyer specializing in employment law can offer a fair and unbiased assessment of your circumstances. Here are some reasons to hire employment lawyers.
- When you have been wrongfully terminated. This may refer to discrimination or even firing someone in retaliation. The at-will employment concept is confusing to an extent, but if you have the evidence to show that you were terminated based on discrimination, you could potentially sue your employer. This is also true when someone is not hired for a job because of race, color, nationality, religion, gender, and disability.
- When you are dealing with retaliation because of whistleblowing or other activities. Let’s take an example – You found that your supervisor was misusing company resources for personal gains and decided to complain to the HR department. In the ideal world, you expect the employer to take the supervisor to task. However, if the company fired you in return or asked to take a demotion, it is a clear violation of your rights.
- To review your employment contract. A common misconception is that one must contact an employment lawyer for discrimination or wrongful termination alone. If you are joining a new job or need to sign a new employment contract, you should consult an attorney. An employment lawyer can review the contract in-depth and ensure you don’t sign something unfair or unclear.
- When you have been subjected to discrimination because of pregnancy or gender. Women often suffer discrimination at the workplace because of pregnancy, motherhood, or age. Contact an attorney immediately if you have endured unlawful discrimination because of your gender. Your employer also cannot deny employment benefits, such as paid time off, because of your pregnancy or gender.
If you have been fired in clear violation of your employment contract, you may have a case of discrimination and wrongful termination. Contact an attorney without delay to get an assessment and don’t forget to ask about their fee in advance.