Category Archives: General Information

What Are Wage Disputes?

Employers have a legal obligation in every state to pay their employees within a certain period, to pay them minimum wage or above and to pay them for any overtime hours worked. Failing to do so is illegal and employers may be held liable.  If you feel that your employer is mistreating you and violating… Read More »

What are the Most Common Cases of Wrongful Termination?

When an employee is fired illegally or his or her termination is in clear violation of company policy, it is considered a wrongful termination. If you believe you have been unfairly fired, you should contact Houston wrongful termination lawyers to discuss your situation. If indeed a wrongful termination has taken place, you have the right… Read More »

What Are My Rights if My Company Downsizes?

Downsizing, also known as workplace reduction, occurs when an employer enacts a mass termination of its employees in order to reduce costs. Although this typically means employees are terminated permanently, sometimes hours are reduced and tasks rearranged, with the goal of saving the business or making it more effective. While downsizing is well within any… Read More »

When Do You Need an Employment Attorney?

State and federal law grants employees certain rights and protections to ensure they are treated fairly in the workplace. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated, sexually harassed, discriminated against, or unfairly treated in any way at your job, it is in your best interest to contact Houston employment attorneys for support and guidance…. Read More »

What Is a Hostile Work Environment in Texas?

1. My work environment is hostile.  My boss hates me and yells at me.  My co-workers are mean to me and gossip about me behind my back.  I keep getting unfair write-ups.  I’m not getting promotions.  I can’t stand going to work anymore.  Can I sue? Without more, no.  The term “hostile work environment” is… Read More »

What Is a Wage Claim Under Texas Law?

1. How is a wage claim different from filing a lawsuit? If an employer fails to pay wages or other compensation to an employee, the employee can always file a lawsuit against the employer.  If the employee chooses to sue, then all of the usual rules relating to lawsuits apply. However, Texas law provides a… Read More »

What Is “Constructive Discharge” in Texas?

1. What is a constructive discharge? The typical scenario for an employment law case is that the employer has fired the employee. Assuming that the fired worker was an at-will employee, the question is whether the worker has a wrongful termination claim based on discrimination or retaliation. But what if the employer did not fire… Read More »

What Are the Rights of an At-Will Employee in Texas?

The vast majority of workers in Texas are at-will employees, which means that they can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all.  For a general discussion of at-will employment, click here. So what are the rights of at-will employees in Texas?  This article provides a general discussion of the… Read More »

What Are the Retaliation Laws in Texas?

A retaliation claim is similar to, but different from, a discrimination claim.  The discrimination statutes protect various employees with various characteristics, from race to sex to disability status to immigration status.  The discrimination statutes also protect people who engage in certain activities, from claiming family or medical leave to serving on a jury to joining a… Read More »

What Are the Discrimination Laws in Texas?

Any employee in Texas is protected by a host of federal and state discrimination statutes.  This article lists the various discrimination laws and in some cases provides a link to additional information about a particular statute. For a list of the retaliation statutes, click here. 1. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 This… Read More »