State and federal laws are in place to protect you as an employee from unlawful actions from your employer. Unfortunately, even though such laws are meant to prevent a harmful situation regarding your employment, many employers violate these laws intentionally or unintentionally. Your employer likely has more resources and experience in handling claims than you, which could put you at a disadvantage without the help of an attorney.
At Williams Hart, our employment disputes attorneys have years of experience in defending employees from the wrongful actions of powerful employers. Our Houston legal team is prepared to defend your legal rights and fight for an optimal outcome.
Our lawyers are prepared to handle various types of employment disputes. The most common employment disputes include the following:
Even though Texas is a right-to-work state, this does not give employers the freedom to fire employees for discriminatory reasons, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. There are many protections in place for employees. If you feel as though you were fired unjustly, you may be able to hold your former employer accountable for violating employment law.
Many employers make their employees sign a non-compete provision upon hire. This is an agreement to not work with a direct competitor during and for an amount of time after their employment with the company. However, some employers phrase their non-competes in ways that can be unreasonable. This can give a former employee undue challenges when they look for work after their time with the company. If you feel trapped in an unfair non-compete agreement, a lawyer may be able to help you shrink its scope or duration.
Executives are some of a company’s most valuable employees. This means high salaries and potential bonuses. However, sometimes companies try to hide compensation that individuals in executive positions may be entitled to. This includes stock options, profit sharing, and other bonuses. As an executive, you should not feel like you are being unreasonable seeking the compensation your hard work and expertise deserve. An attorney can help you negotiate a fair resolution with your employer.
It is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee for exposing certain violations that the company was perpetrating. An example of this would be if an employee were to report workplace safety violations to the government, that employee could not then be fired in retaliation. The same is true for other whistleblowers in certain circumstances.
If you are dealing with one of the above types of employment disputes, you should discuss your concerns with an attorney.
Employment disputes are unfortunate and stressful, but having an experienced lawyer on your side may help ease the process and achieve better results. If you find yourself in an employment dispute, please contact the law office of Williams Hart. Our employment disputes lawyers are prepared to use our 30 years of experience to help defend you against the unlawful actions of your employer. To speak with a member of our Houston legal team, call (713) 230-2200.