What is Wrongful Termination?
When it comes to wrongful termination first thing to understand is that Texas, like a lot of states, is an at-will state. That means that unless you have an employment contract or unless you are a member of a labor union with a collective bargaining agreement then your employment lawyer can terminate you for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. There are certain exceptions though. For example, an employer cannot discriminate against a worker in the hiring, the firing, or in other terms and conditions of employment because of that worker’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Also, an employer cannot discriminate against a worker because of pregnancy or because that worker has requested medical leave under the Founding Medical Leave Act or FMLA. There are other exceptions to the at-will doctrine but those are the most common. So if an employer violates one of these laws what can the employee do? Well the employee can sue and recover money damages for lost earnings including back-pay and future lost earnings also attorneys fees.In some situations the worker can also recover money for punitive damages and emotional distress. Be careful though very often very strict time limits apply. For example, in many of these cases you have to file a claim within a 180 days of the violation.
I’m David Lagenfeld I’m a board certified labor and employment law attorney. If you feel like you’ve been been a victim of employment discrimination give me a call for a free confidential consultation. Thank you.