A Law Firm Fighting For Employees Who Were Wrongfully Terminated
Most states in the country are at-will employment states. This means that employers or workers can terminate the employment relationship at any time for nearly any reason, or for no reason at all. Between at-will employment and the very pro-business legal climate statewide, workers are often left wondering if they have any significant rights or protections.
Thankfully, you do have rights as an employee, and our attorneys at Ellwanger Henderson can help you protect them. As one of the premier civil rights law firms, we are passionate about advocating for workers whose termination was due to illegal discrimination, retaliation for protected workplace actions or other wrongful reasons.
Termination Based On Illegal Discrimination
Both federal and state laws prohibit employment discrimination or termination based on a set of protected classes or characteristics. In Texas, it is illegal to fire someone due to their:
- Race or skin color
- National origin
- Sex or gender, including gender identity/expression
- Sexual orientation
- Disability status
- Age (if over 40)
- Veteran status
If your employment was terminated and you believe it was due to one of the protected characteristics above, our firm can help you seek compensation in a wrongful termination suit. Because Texas is an at-will employment state, however, and employers don’t need to disclose a reason for firing you, these cases can be difficult to prove. Nonetheless, our attorneys have decades of combined experience, and we will work tirelessly to help you find the evidence you need to prove your wrongful termination claim.
Were You Fired In Retaliation For Taking A Protected Action?
Employers in Texas cannot legally fire you in retaliation for engaging in legally protected activities. These include:
- Reporting sexual harassment or other workplace harassment
- Attempting to unionize
- Acting as a whistleblower or cooperating in an investigation of alleged employer wrongdoing
- Taking protected family or medical leave
- Taking time off to serve on a jury
- Serving in the military
When accused of wrongful termination, most employers will deny that their reasons for termination were discriminatory or retaliatory. Instead, they will cite other, legal reasons for their decision. This places the burden on you as the plaintiff to prove that your employer’s stated reasons were pretextual (an excuse) and that the real reason for your firing was discrimination or retaliation. Again, these cases can be difficult to prove, which is why it is so important to work with an experienced and dedicated legal team like ours.
Do You Have A Case? Contact Us To Discuss Your Options.
Ellwanger Henderson serves plaintiffs throughout Texas and throughout the country in employment law claims, including wrongful termination. If you’d like to tell us your story and learn about how we can help, contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. Just call 737-248-1321 or reach out online.