If you are an employee or an employer involved with a wrongful termination claim, a wise course of action is to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable wrongful termination lawyer practicing in Texas.
The state of Texas is an “employment at will” state which gives an employee the right to resign at any time for any reason, while an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any lawful reason. When an employee is terminated for any unlawful reason, this is often called a “wrongful termination.” There are a myriad of reasons why a termination could be considered a wrongful termination. Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable about Texas wrongful termination law if an employment termination has occurred or is being considered.
Some examples of a wrongful termination are when an employer fires an employee in breach of an employment contract, the firing is motivated by illegal discrimination, it is done in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim, or the firing is intended as retaliation against a whistleblower or an employee who has refused to perform an illegal act.
Because of the complexity of employment laws, if you are an employer who is considering terminating an employee, having a wrongful termination attorney review any matters that may cause you concern, as well as make educated recommendations to minimize potential litigation, can be a prudent and necessary step. Consulting with a law firm that knows how to conduct internal workplace investigations if a complaint has been made or a problem is suspected, can also make life easier for you.
An unfortunate truth is that not all employers comply with all state and federal employment laws. Being wrongfully terminated can be devastating to one’s life and finances. If you believe that you have been wrongfully terminated, seek out a knowledgeable, experienced and successful wrongful termination attorney who can explain these laws to you, advise you as to whether your employer has engaged in illegal conduct against you, inform you of your rights and options, intercede with your employer when appropriate, represent you before the Texas Workforce Commission or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and aggressively prosecute your lawsuit if your case can’t be reasonably settled.
Whether you are the employer who has the task of terminating an employee or if you are the employee who has been terminated, seek qualified legal counsel in your area to know your rights.