Houston Employment Attorney
Many different business laws may apply to the relationship between an employer and a worker. Employee’s rights are protected under certain laws, and employers must take certain action in the workplace. Contracts may come into play to protect both parties and to define the employment arrangement. The many nuances and complications of employment law can quickly become confusing to navigate. The experienced attorneys of Powers Law Firm can help you successfully understand your legal rights and how to pursue a claim if you’ve been the victim of illegal practices in the workplace.
Overtime Claims / FLSA
The Fair Labor Standards Act outlines how a workweek is set up and requires employees to be compensated for overtime in excess of 40 hours worked in one week.
Some employment situations may involve a contract regarding trade secrets, wages, and other topics. If this agreement is breached, the responsible party may face legal consequences.
Companies may require an employee to sign a contract when they are hired, such as a non-compete agreement, to protect their information and future practices, but there are limitations on how these can impact an employee’s ability to work in their field.
The Family & Medical Leave Act allows qualified workers to take unpaid leave from work in certain situations without fear of retaliation or losing their position. Leave to recuperate from medical conditions or having a baby is protected for certain workers.
Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination in the workplace based on characteristics such as race, sex, age, and religion.
Although many states use at-will employment, workers cannot be terminated in some situations.
Federal and state laws protect workers from discrimination based on certain characteristics.
Although many companies claim to have a zero tolerance policy, sexual harassment still occurs frequently in the workplace. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to hold parties responsible for perpetuating it.
Employees are protected in performing certain actions by Federal law, such as reporting illegal activity in the workplace. Whistleblowers such as these are protected against retaliation and termination based on their actions.