Federal and state employment laws don’t prevent every unfair termination. Texan workers are subject to employment “at-will,” which entitles employers to terminate employees for any reason, a bad reason or no reason at all. However, if an employer fires you for an illegal reason, you can make a claim for wrongful termination. It is important that you reach out to an Austin wrongful termination attorney as soon as possible to learn about your available legal options.
What is an Illegal Reason to Fire Someone?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, The Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 are just a few of the laws that define illegal reasons for an employer to fire an employee. An experienced employment law attorney will consider the full extent of your legal claims under federal and state law when representing you in a wrongful termination case.
Some common illegal firing practices we see are terminations of employment based on:
- Discrimination (race, sex, disability, age, etc.)
- Retaliation for complaining about discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Training or being on active-duty in the military
- Filing an overtime wage claim
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim
- The employee’s refusal to perform an illegal act
In any of these situations, you can make a claim for wrongful termination. Wrongful termination cases in Texas can be complicated, with many factors deciding whether you will win compensation, making it all the more important to consult legal counsel like a qualified Austin employment lawyer at Ross • Scalise Employment Lawyers.
What Can I Do If I’m Wrongfully Terminated in Texas?
Calling an experienced wrongful termination attorney is a good first step. You can learn about your rights, your options, and the legal requirements for making a claim, and how being represented can benefit you. If you win a recovery for damages in a wrongful termination case, you could receive compensation such as back pay, future pay, mental anguish damages, punitive damages, and attorney fees and court costs.
Don’t wait to seek help. Statutes of limitations apply to administrative and court filings. If you don’t make a claim within the time required by the statutes of limitations, you will lose your right to pursue compensation.
Your Local Austin, TX Wrongful Termination Lawyers
Ross • Scalise Employment Lawyers understands the state and federal laws surrounding wrongful termination. Our lawyers are passionate about seeking compensation for employees who have been wrongfully terminated in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and beyond.
If your employer has fired you for an unlawful reason, call the Ross • Scalise Employment Lawyers office today for a free telephone evaluation. Ross • Scalise Employment Lawyers has the resources and talent you need to help you pursue a claim.