If you have been wrongfully terminated from your job in Texas, you may be wondering what to do next. The first step is to understand how wrongful termination works in Texas.
What is wrongful termination?
Wrongful termination occurs when an employee is fired for an illegal reason. This can include discrimination, retaliation or breach of contract. Firstly, note that Texas is an at-will state. This means that employers can fire employees for any reason or for no reason at all. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.
Firstly, employers cannot fire employees for discriminatory reasons. This includes firing an employee based on their race, religion, sex national origin or disability. Additionally, employers cannot fire employees in retaliation for reporting discrimination or participating in an investigation into discrimination.
Finally, employers cannot fire employees in breach of contract. For example, if an employee has a written contract that states they can only be fired for cause, the employer cannot fire the employee without cause.
What can you do if you’ve been wrongfully terminated?
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated you may want to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
The EEOC is a federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws in the workplace. The TWC is a state agency that enforces employment laws in Texas. You can also file a wrongful termination lawsuit against your former employer.
In order to succeed in a wrongful termination lawsuit, you will need to prove that you were fired for an illegal reason. This can be difficult, so it’s important to have all the evidence you can to support your case.
Although wrongful termination can be difficult to prove, it is important to understand your rights as an employee in Texas. Take your time to gather evidence and understand your options before taking any legal action.