Wrongful Termination and Sexual Harassment Complaints

An employer who may have reasonable cause to fire an employee should be especially careful taking any action when the employee has alleged sexual harassment or has already filed a sexual harassment complaint. While the majority of employers are well within their rights to fire an employee who is employed on an at will basis, a firing that appears to be connected to a sexual harassment complaint can put employers at higher risk. Laws on the state and federal level exist that protect employees who raise concerns about sexual harassment in the workplace. Firing an employee who has raised allegations of sexual harassment in the office could violate discrimination statutes. An employer is prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against an... Read More

Wrongful Termination- A Guide For Employers

Being accused of wrongful termination is no laughing matter- in fact, if your company is found to be liable, you may wind up with financial responsibility for your actions. This is to say nothing of the other repercussions at stake, such as your reputation and the potentially public nature of a court case. If you have been named in a wrongful termination case in Houston, it may be beneficial to pursue resolution instead through mediation. Employers cannot discriminate against an employee based on the employee’s membership in a protected class such as disability or race. Employers are also prohibited from firing an employee who had rights under public policy which he or she exercised- such as serving in the military,... Read More

What Constitutes Wrongful Termination Under Federal Law?

While there is no specific federal “wrongful termination law”, there are a set of laws that, if violated by a Houston employer, could constitute the wrongful termination of that employee. Taken together, these are typically referred to as a wrongful discharge laws or wrongful termination laws in Houston. If the employer violates public policy, state laws, or constitutional provisions, an employee may have the grounds for a wrongful termination suit. If the employer violated contracts linked to the employment, too, an individual might be able to argue wrongful termination in mediation or court. Some of the most common laws that are referenced in Houston wrongful termination suits include federal and state discrimination laws, employment provisions outlined in the Fair Credit... Read More

What is Employment Discrimination?

Employment discrimination is a broad term, but there are several laws in the United States related to preventing discrimination based on sex, religion, race, physical disability, national origin, and age. In addition to these factors, there are more laws evolving about preventing employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, too. Discrimination is not just about hiring and firing, either. There are many different situations that could fall under the umbrella of Houston employment discrimination such as job assignment issues, compensation, retaliation, promotion, discipline, and harassment. Rights outlined in the U. S. Constitution provide some protections, but there are other laws in place to help prevent workplace discrimination or provide recourse for victims once it has already happened. Some of the laws... Read More

Wrongful Termination Mediators- Where To Find Them?

More individuals involved in Houston wrongful termination cases are turning to mediation to attempt to resolve their issues. Whether you’re trying out mediation at the outset of your case or whether you’ve already initiated some of the legal steps, it can be wise to see how mediation benefits your case and allows you and the other party to move on with your life post-dispute. If you’re looking for a mediator, local or state organizations of mediators may have lists of relevant individuals with experience in the field of wrongful termination. You may also know someone who has gone through a case like this before and getting a referral is a good idea. Most professional mediators will have a website, too,... Read More
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