Skilled Representation In Employment And Labor Law
At Lang Law Firm P.C., in San Antonio, our lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights in employment and labor law cases. Attorneys Sylvan Lang, Jr., Meagan Gillette, and Brian Dennis have handled numerous labor and employment law matters over their combined 53 years of legal experience.
Broad Range Of Employment Representation
The employment law and civil rights cases we handle include:
- Wrongful termination
- Discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, sex, disability, pregnancy, national origin, or gender, and sexual harassment claims
- Whistleblower cases and retaliation claims
- Severance pay disputes and breach of employment contracts
- Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (overtime and minimum wage violations)
- Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act
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 based on age, race, ethnicity, sex, disability or gender in the workplace. You also have civil rights that protect you from discrimination as a consumer and as a citizen.
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 Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Texas Workforce Commission, and obtain a “right to sue” letter. Our lawyers will assist you in that process.
The Makings Of A Wrongful Termination Claim
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 by calling 866-846-1660.
Our lawyers handle employment law and civil rights cases on a contingent-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.
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