Kilgore & Kilgore Texas Wrongful Termination Attorneys
Employees in Texas who are terminated possess few rights in comparison with their employers because Texas is an at-will state. At-will employment means that an employer may legally terminate employees for no reason but may not terminate someone for a reason that violates state or federal laws. As such, employees in Texas have few wrongful termination rights. Our Texas employment law attorneys can explain why workers may not have a termination claim if they are fired for any of the following reasons:
- No reason. Texas employers are not required to give one.
- A seemingly minor cause such as being late to work or violation of a smoking policy.
- Being singled out when less qualified workers keep their jobs.
- Refusal to relocate or accept a different position.
- Refusal to sign non-compete agreements or non-disclosure agreements.
- Recounting bad, but not illegal, behavior of a boss or employee; and
- Wrongful personality disputes between an employee and a manager.
A Hostile Work Environment may be Grounds for a Wrongful Termination Claim that Can be Argued in Court
Sometimes one of the above situations is a cover-up by a firm for an illegal termination claim. For example, this might be the situation when an employee is fired for reporting business fraud, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, or a compensation claim. If there is evidence that the real reason for the termination is a violation of an employee’s civil rights, whether there is an employment contract or not, contact Kilgore & Kilgore in Texas for a frank assessment of the claim.
Texas has another limited exception to the at will employment rule. If employees are terminated solely because they refused to commit a crime, they may have a valid wrongful termination claim.
Do you have a Case for a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit or a Retaliation Lawsuit?
There are exceptions that may protect employees. Texas employers may not retaliate against you because you:
- Talked about salary or other workplace issues with a co-worker.
- Refused to engage in an unlawful act.
- Reported your employer to the authorities for unlawful behavior.
- Complained to your employer about discrimination.
- Chatted about working conditions or salary with your coworkers.
- Joined or attempted to form a union.
- Joined the military or took leave for a military deployment.
- Took medical leave to care for yourself or a loved one.
- Became pregnant.
- Used or requested employee benefits such as health insurance or a retirement claim; and
- Spoke out on a matter of public concern, such as COVID-19.
If you were the victim of employment discrimination or retaliation for any of the above reasons, you may have a claim for damages. Our employment law attorneys in Texas represent clients at many levels of a firm, in a wide variety of businesses. Kilgore & Kilgore has won awards in court against many different types of employers.
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