EEOC Houston Lawyer
Texas subscribes to the employment at-will doctrine. This means that an employee in Texas can be fired at any time without notice or cause, unless the reason for termination is an unlawful one. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is the federal agency that handles claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment in the workplace.
If you’ve experienced wrongful termination or other discrimination in violation of federal law, you may have a right to pursue monetary damages from your former employer. An EEOC Houston lawyer at Powers Law Firm can help.
Types of Discrimination
Under federal and state laws, Texas workers are protected from the following types of discrimination by an employer:
- Age (40 or older)
- National origin
- Armed Services membership
A valid discrimination claim includes a tangible adverse action by an employer against an employee motivated by the employee’s protective class status (sex, age, disability, etc.). This might mean a termination or layoff; demotion; wage reduction; or even a failure to promote.
An example of an adverse action that likely wouldn’t constitute a discrimination claim would be a poor performance review, unless it also comes with a demotion or reduced wages or other tangible effect.
EEOC Wrongful Termination in Houston
Both state and federal laws prohibit employers from firing or otherwise retaliating against an employee, including for such protected acts as:
- Lodging complaints about workplace conditions or policies
- Filing discrimination claims with EEOC or the Texas Workforce Commission
- Requesting reasonable accommodations for physical or mental disabilities
- Filing a complaint about overtime pay
- Being injured on the job
- Taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act, including maternity leave
- Refusing to perform an illegal act
A Houston EEOC wrongful termination attorney will be able to explain the complex employment laws that apply to your situation and advise you on the best course of action.
At Powers Law Firm, you’ll be assisted by a Houston employment attorney who understands common litigation tactics employers use to dispute claims and has the experience necessary to successfully resolve your case. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated or suffered from discrimination or harassment in the workplace, contact us today for a consultation.