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Restaurant employee suing for wrongful termination after pregnancy

A former Chinese restaurant employee in Houston recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was terminated from her job due to her pregnancy, an article of SE Texas Record reported on January 13.

In the lawsuit filed by Mary Durant on January 12, Durant claimed defendant Xie He Sheng, LLC terminated her from her job in 2015 without giving her reasons for doing so. Durant was reportedly hired to work for 888 Chinese Restaurant in 2014. Durant, who was pregnant at the time she was hired, was informed that the owner of the restaurant had a policy of not hiring pregnant women. The owner also does not allow women to work if they become pregnant. The manager allowed her to work despite being pregnant, giving her two days off from work. She was told to contact the restaurant for her next shift. Durant was able to continue working for 888 after having a miscarriage. Then in 2015, Durant became pregnant again. In her lawsuit, Durant requested a jury trial and requests to recover all the compensation she deserves as a result of her termination.

The attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC fight for the rights of Austin employees who have been wrongfully terminated from their employment due to discrimination. We strongly believe that negligent employers should fairly compensate employees who have suffered financially after losing their jobs. If you are in such a situation today, call us at (956) 205-0884 for your confidential legal consultation.


What employees should know about wrongful discharge in Texas

Employees often have to deal with emotional and financial hardships when they get fired from their work. However, they should know there is a law that protects them from wrongful termination.

Under statutory law, employers cannot release their employees if the grounds for terminating them is based on their race, religion, citizenship, sexual orientation, or age. Employees also cannot be terminated from their jobs after reporting a safety violation or negligence they discover in the workplace. Under common law recognition, employers cannot terminate their employees because they refuse to perform a criminal activity.

Employees who suspect they were wrongfully discharged could file a legal claim against their employer to potentially recover their lost wages and to protect future employees from abusive employers. If you have decided to file a legal claim against your employer in Austin, an attorney at the Leichter Law Firm PC may be able to represent you. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (956) 205-0884.


Terminated attorney in Dallas complains of sexual harassment and retaliation

An assistant attorney in Dallas, Texas recently filed a complaint against the city attorney’s office claiming she was sexually harassed in the workplace and that she was a victim of retaliation, a December 15 article of The Brownsville Herald reported.

In the civil lawsuit recently filed in the Dallas County Court, plaintiff Petrina Thompson claimed an employee in her workplace sexually harassed her. Thompson also said other employees made her work environment hostile after she complained about the harassment. Thompson was later terminated from her job after she was placed in a job she was not hired or trained to do. She is suing to get her job back and recover all the expenses incurred in filing the lawsuit.

In the tough situation that you are filing a complaint against your employer, enlisting a skilled employment attorney is important. Get in touch with the Austin attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC today by calling (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


3 companies sued after refusing to grant overtime pay

A class-action lawsuit was filed by two employees against three companies in Galveston, Texas alleging they violated laws regulating workers’ compensation, a November 7 article of SE Texas Record stated.

According to reports, plaintiffs Jesus Alberto Joya and Mauricio Espinal Canales claimed in their lawsuit their employers have not given the amount of overtime pay entitled to them. The two employees identified SKF Interest, Inc., F&F Interests, Inc., and Gary Farine as defendants. Reports revealed the two drivers regularly work more than 40 hours in a single week. A trial by jury is being sought by the plaintiffs and they are attempting to recover the total amount due to them, including expenses incurred in the trial.

The Austin attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC understand workers find it difficult to provide for the needs of their family if employers are negligent in paying the amount they should earn. If you are considering filing a claim, we may be able to provide you legal support against intimidating employers. Call us today at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your legal options.


Texas Supreme Court to review workplace rape victim case

The Texas Supreme Court is expected to review a case of a woman in Plano who was sexually assaulted by her boss, and the decision could set a serious precedent for similar cases in the future, an article of the Dallas News reported on November 4.

Reports said the Supreme Court will review the case of a plaintiff identified as B.C., who filed a lawsuit against her Steak ‘n Shake boss. The lawsuit, which identified the restaurant as a defendant, concerns a unique Texas ruling that employers cannot be sued for greater monetary damage by employees who have been victims of sexual assault. Employees who are suing their employers for sexual assault claims can receive a maximum of $300,000 worth of damages, unlike those who have been victims of aggravated assault in the workplace. Legal experts opined that sexual assault victims in Texas should be given rights to fight for further damages. B.C.’s case is expected to be reviewed by the Texas Supreme Court this week.

The lawyers at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin fight for employees who have been victims of sexual assault while in the workplace. If you think this situation happened to you, we may be able to provide legal defense and protection against intimidating employers. Call us today at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


Alleged discrimination prompted Texas woman to file lawsuit

A former magazine editor-in-chief recently claimed she was discriminated against by her employer because she had breast cancer, an article of Dallas Observer reported on October 17.

According to reports, 33-year-old Jacquelyne Froeber is suing Ink Publishing Corp. and American Airlines for compensations she is owed as a result of the employers terminating her contract. Froeber signed a five-year agreement with the airline and the publishing company that provides the airline magazines. However, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Froeber was notified that she would be transferred to Ink Publishing’s Florida office because their office in Dallas would cease operations. The transfer would require Froeber to file another job application. Froeber claims that her cancer treatment was the reason why she was discriminated against. While American Airlines commented that Froeber’s claim has no basis, the publication company did not release a statement regarding the claim.

The attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin advocate for employees who have been discriminated against by their employers. If you suspect you faced discrimination, we may be able to help you file a claim so you can receive compensation. Call us today at (956) 205-0884 to find out how we may fight for your rights.


Services provided by employment attorneys

Workers who suspect they are mistreated by their employers should know there are attorneys well-versed in employment laws who can help. These attorneys, often called “employment attorneys,” represent workers who have a claim to make against their employers.

Though employment attorneys are often seen as advocates for employers, there are also attorneys who represent workers who have a complaint against their employers. By having a consultation with an employment attorney, workers may figure out if any of their rights were violated by their employers, at which point an attorney could represent them if they decide to file a lawsuit. Attorneys give workers a clear picture of the complaint filing process and they are very familiar with handling discrimination, class actions, and other related issues against employers.

If you want to learn more about your rights and determine whether violations have been committed against you by your employers, working with a skilled attorney is critical. Speak with an employment attorney at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin today by calling (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


Restaurant employees poorly compensated in Austin

Federal authorities recently discovered that many restaurant owners in Austin, Texas are not properly paying their employees, an article of KVUE reported on October 7.

In the investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), 95 percent of restaurant owners were not properly paying their employees. The percentage of employers with violations between October of last year and June 2016 did drop by 3 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. One common problem is that restaurant employees in Texas are not receiving their overtime pay. Aside from wage-related violations, business owners were also found liable for violating proper timekeeping practices and child labor laws. Dr. David Weil of the WHD said such practices are unacceptable and they will address the issue moving forward.

If you suspect your employer is being unfair by not giving you the wages to which you are legally entitled, enlisting an employment attorney can help. Find out how an Austin attorney at Leichter Law Firm PC may be able to obtain your proper compensation today by calling (956) 205-0884.


Things employees can do after being denied overtime pay

Every employee should know they are entitled to be paid for all the hours that they work. So, when employers require their employees to extend the time they work past the standard 40 hours per week, workers are entitled to receive a corresponding payment for the time they spent working. Below are some actions employees could take if they believe they are being denied their overtime pay.

  1. Record the exact hours you spent at work. Though some companies may actually have their own timekeeping system, employees may want to have their own copy as proof of their time rendered at work.
  2. Notify the U.S. Department of Labor if you suspect your employer wrongfully classified you as an on-call employee, volunteer worker, or independent contractor. By filling out the SS-8 form of the IRS, employees will know if their employer deliberately misclassified them.
  3. Contact an attorney who specializes in employment law to help you move your case forward.

If you are forced to handle intimidating employers, fear not. Discuss your situation with an attorney at the Leichter Law Firm in Austin today by calling (956) 205-0884.