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Employment Law

Protecting clients’ employment rights throughout Texas and nationwide

Employment law is a comprehensive legal area covering all aspects of employer-employee relationships except for unions and collective bargaining which is covered under labor law. According to the Department of Labor (DOL), it administers more than 180 federal laws that regulate workplace activities for an estimated 10 million employers and 125 million workers. In addition to federal laws, state statutes along with administrative regulations and case rulings comprise thousands of guidelines that govern the workplace and in many cases protect both employees and employers.

From job application through termination or retirement, employment law sets legal parameters for many aspects of employment including:
  • Hiring
  • Job termination
  • Unemployment
  • Severance
  • Employee benefits
  • Pensions
  • Employment classifications (employees or independent contractors)
  • Whistleblower activity
  • Wages
  • Work hours
  • Retaliation
  • Work environment health and safety
  • Leaves of absence
Texas is an employment-at-will state which allows employers and employees to terminate an employment relationship whenever either one wants without advance notice or reason–but only if no other laws are violated. Both prospective job applicants and employees have certain rights and freedoms from discrimination during the job application process and during employment, such as the freedom from discrimination or harassment based on their age, color, sex, race, national origin or disabilities.

Bush Lewis has substantial experience representing clients who suffer adversely from employment rights violations—whether sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, violations of wage and hour laws, or any of the federal or state specialized laws that apply to specific industries, jobs or employment situations.

We focus our practice on handling cases that primarily involve the following areas of employment law:
  • Civil Rights Discrimination & Violations of the Equal Opportunity Employment Act, which is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Freedom from discrimination in the workplace is protected by statutes at both the state and federal levels through specific laws. In addition to the federal EEOC, Texas established the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) investigates and rules on state discrimination complaints. Workers filing either state or federal formal complaints about workplace discrimination or harassment under either state or federal law, or agreeing to cooperate, testify or testifying about such discrimination or harassment have legal protection against retaliation in the workplace which frequently occurs when employees seek justice for legal wrongs. More about discrimination and the EEOC>>
  • Wrongful Termination. The at-will employment doctrine in Texas means that employers can fire any employee without a written employment contract at any time for any or no reason so long as they d o not violate any other employment laws. Even if the reason given for firing an employee is factually untrue, a Texas employer cannot be forced to rehire the employee or otherwise be held accountable absent a violation of some other law. However, no employee can be terminated because of race, gender (sex), old age, national origin, religion or disability. Additionally, there are a large number of state and federal laws that cannot be violated in terminating an employee. Even in Texas, certain situations or illegal actions may provide grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. More about wrongful termination>>
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Wage Claims. FLSA violations involve failures to adhere to minimum wage or overtime pay or child labor violations, such as hiring a child to work in hazardous positions or to work beyond the state or federally regulated number of hours or paying a child less pay than the law requires. Exceptions and very specific guidelines make FLSA a complex area of law. More about FLSA>>

Seek legal guidance for employment related issues

If you face workplace challenges that you believe infringe on your legal rights, seek legal guidance. Our experienced employment law attorneys at Bush Lewis have extensive skills and knowledge in the area of employment law. Find out how we can help. Call today at 409-835-3521, or contact us through our website.

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