Houston Wrongful Termination Attorney
Fighting for Workers’ Rights Throughout Texas Since 1994
Our Houston wrongful termination lawyers understand that your career is
a significant part of your life, and that the income you earn for your
hard work supports the lifestyle that you and your family enjoy. If your
employer fires you for reasons that violate federal and state labor laws,
you need to stand up for yourself, your career, and your wellbeing. With
an employment law attorney from
Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP by your side, you can take legal action for wrongful termination against
employees, independent contractors, and
executives in high-stakes employment law disputes, including Presidents, CEOs, and
other members of the C-Suite in businesses throughout Greater Houston.
No matter what role you held, you have the right to employment with protections
against wrongful dismissal. As a team of trial attorneys with extensive
legal experience, we are not afraid to take your case to court, if need
be. After all, we will be fighting for your rights and those of every
other Texas worker in similar situations, so we cannot back down.
When you choose Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP to represent you, we can:
- Obtain and file important documentation and paperwork needed for your case.
- Investigate the circumstances of your firing to obtain crucial evidence.
- Respond to inquiries or challenges from your employer.
- Negotiate settlement offers on your behalf.
Contact Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP at (713) 352-3433 for a consultation with a Houston wrongful termination
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What Constitutes Wrongful Termination in Texas?
Texas, like so many other states, is an at-will employment state. In a
brief summary, an “at-will employment state” allows the termination
of employees for essentially any reason, including no reason given, at
any time. On the other hand, employees of an at-will employment state
can quit at any time without needing to provide a specific reason for
doing so. However, there are significant exemptions and protections from
federal employment laws. If a worker in an at-will employment state is
terminated or dismissed for a reason listed as an exemption, it is wrongful
There are four main sources of wrongful termination:
Discrimination: Workers in all states are protected by a set of federal rules that establish
specific classes that cannot be considered in relation to employment,
hiring, and termination. For example, religion,
age, and gender are commonly cited federally protected classes. Some states
even have expanded lists with more protections.
Harassment: Your legal protections also extend to incidents of harassment. If you
have been dismissed due to being harassed, based on a federally protected
class or otherwise, then you likely have a wrongful termination case on
your hands. You can also seek compensation and justice if you were pressured
to voluntarily quit due to continual harassment that went unaddressed
by your employer or supervisor.
Retaliation: Workers in all industries have the right to
report illegal behavior or employment violations conducted by their employers and supervisors.
Any sort of negative action — including removal from positive benefits
— taken against a worker who does report such behaviors is retaliation.
When retaliation leads to or includes dismissal, it constitutes wrongful
termination. A common example of retaliation-based termination is when
an employee complains of
wage and hour issues like unpaid overtime and is suspiciously laid off later.
Contract violation: Some workers are bound by an employment contract that disallows termination
unless specific circumstances are met. Employers have a heightened duty
to show valid reasoning for dismissing a worker with an employment contract,
or they may breach the contract and open themselves up to a wrongful termination lawsuit.
We Will Aggressively Pursue Your Rights & Justice
If you were fired for questionable reasons, you need to speak to a practiced
Houston wrongful termination lawyer about taking legal action. Filing
a lawsuit is not just the best way to recover your lost wages and missed
professional opportunities, but it also sends a strong message to unethical
employers who use illegal and unacceptable business practices. With us
in your corner, you can confidently file your wrongful termination lawsuit,
regardless of the apparent strength or influence of your employer.
We have years of experience handling wrongful termination cases. We have
a unique insight into how companies typically try to defend themselves
against wrongful termination accusations. We will review your case and
answer all of your questions and concerns so that you understand your
rights under the law. The bottom line is we are here to protect your rights
after you have been wrongfully terminated. This is the focus of our firm,
and we do it well.
If you were wrongfully terminated, call Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP today.