Most people equate the loss of a job with the end of their income, health insurance and other employee rights. Imagine losing your job after more than 10 years of loyal service. How are you going to pay your mortgage or make your car payments? What if it takes months to find another job that offers a comparable salary?
When you took the job at the accounting firm, you signed a non-compete agreement. The contract prohibited you from opening your own practice within a 200-mile radius of the firm. In addition, the agreement stipulated that you had to pay the firm $50,000 for any client that left in order to pursue accounting services with you. Now that you are ready to start your own practice, you are worried about the ramifications of the non-compete agreement.
Employees generally understand that they are supposed to be paid for the work they do. However, holding employers accountable for wage and hour violations can be tricky, especially if the employer commits a violation and tries to hide it.
People in Texas who experience retaliation due to speaking up about what they believe to be illegal or unethical naturally feel a sense of injustice. One woman in another state reportedly faced this situation with her employer, a city, which led her to file a retaliation lawsuit against the city. She recently settled the case with the city.
In Texas, employees who have not signed employment contracts with the companies where they work may not realize that their bosses can fire them at will. This means that an employer does not have to have a valid reason; a worker's employment can be terminated at any time. Nevertheless, if an employer does not comply with a specific laws concerning employee rights -- such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -- legal action may be appropriate.
In an ideal world, discrimination would be a thing of the past, but unfortunately it still occurs and affects many workers in Texas and elsewhere. This unlawful practice against legally protected statuses may even result in individuals losing their jobs unjustly. An out-of-state woman claims that she suffered a wrongful termination based on her age and has turned to a federal court for justice.
Texas individuals who enjoy Chipotle food may be aware of the recent allegations about their food safety protocols which has resulted in a lawsuit. The restaurant chain is now involved in another lawsuit in a federal court, but this time it was brought forth by three former employees. The women claim that they were the victims of wrongful termination based on their gender.
The Family and Medical Leave Act is meant, in part, to protect workers in Texas and all other states who need to take time away from work for a serious medical condition of their own or for an immediate family member. Taking advantage of this federal law can help workers who may have otherwise been terminated for taking off work for excessive periods of time. However, in some instances, some employees still end up losing their jobs because companies choose not to abide by the law or claim that it does not apply. A woman who worked in a health-care facility in another state claims she lost her job while on an approved leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and has taken her case to federal court to right the wrongs against her.
In the state of Texas, justice is available to those who have suffered mistreatment in the workplace. Protection of employee rights is possible for those who have been wrongfully terminated or acted against in retaliation from an employer. In addition, workers involved in wage and hourly disputes or those who have been sexually harassed are able to retain the help of an experienced employment law attorney when preparing to resolve such matters in court.
If a law has been violated in the process of your termination from employment, you may have grounds to pursue legal action. Though Texas is considered an at-will state, you may consider filing a wrongful termination legal claim if an employer broke a law when he or she fired you. If you are uncertain as to whether your employer has violated the law, a legal professional with experience in employment law will be able to help you determine that issue.