Employment Law/Civil Rights
San Antonio Civil Rights and Employment Law Lawyers
What is workplace discrimination?
Employers cannot discriminate against employees based on their age. Still, employers sometimes terminate workers, deny them promotions or deny them opportunities for employment because they are older.
Employers also cannot discriminate against employees based on their race, religion, gender or sexual preference. Discrimination may be the reason workers are fired from their jobs, denied promotions, denied raises or denied job opportunities.
State and federal laws protect workers' rights. If you suspect an employer has violated these rights, contact an attorney immediately. There are short deadlines to file claims or lawsuits in many of these cases.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a type of sexual behavior that is unwelcome and/or inappropriate for the workplace. Sexual harassment may include verbal harassment, such as dirty jokes or derogatory comments; visual harassment, such as the placement of embarrassing or inappropriate posters, drawings and cartoons; and physical harassment, such as sexual advances, sexual demands and unwelcome physical contact.
In the workplace, sexual harassment can come from the owner, supervisor, manager, lead person, foreperson, co-worker and/or customer. Sexual harassment can also be found in schools.
Federal and state laws are supposed to protect you from discrimination in the workplace based on age, race, ethnicity, sex, disability, or gender. You also have civil rights that protect you from discrimination as a consumer and as a citizen.
At the San Antonio Lang Law Firm P.C., our lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights in employment law and civil rights cases, such as.
- Wrongful termination
- Discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, sex, disability, pregnancy, national origin, or gender.
- Sexual harassment
- Whistleblower cases
- Retaliation claims
- Severance pay disputes
- Breach of employment contracts
- Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (overtime and minimum wage violations)
- Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act
Damages may include back pay, front pay (damages from time of trial to some point in future), employee benefits, insurance benefits, COBRA benefits, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, punitive damages, exemplary damages, attorney fees, expert witness fees, court costs, and damage to reputation.
For many civil rights claims, you must go through a claim process at the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) or the Texas Workforce Commission, and obtain a "Right to Sue" letter. Our lawyers will assist you in that process.
Employers often take the position that Texas is an at-will employment state and they can hire and fire employers for any reason at any time. That is only about half of the story. Employers cannot terminate an employee for an illegal reason.
For example, your employer cannot terminate you or make decisions about promotions or pay based on race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, pregnancy, age, or gender. In addition, your employer cannot fire or demote you in retaliation for:
- Reporting a violation of federal law
- Reporting a heath care violation
- Refusing to commit an illegal act
- Filing a discrimination, sexual harassment or workers' compensation claim against the company.
There are numerous whistleblower statutes that protect employees who report illegal and wrongful conduct. If you have a need for any additional information, please contact our lawyers today at 210-614-9444.
Contingency Fee Representation
Our lawyers handle employment law and civil rights cases on a contingency fee system. Under this system, no attorney fees are charged unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. In many cases, our lawyers are able to seek attorney fees from the defendant.
Sylvan Lang has handled numerous labor and employment law matters since 1994.
Contact the San Antonio employment law lawyers at Lang Law Firm P.C.
The San Antonio civil rights and employment law lawyers of Lang Law Firm P.C. represents clients throughout central and south Texas, including San Antonio, Universal City, Hondo, Seguin, New Braunfels, Devine, Bexar County, Comal County, Medina County, Guadalupe County, Wilson County, and Atascosa County.
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