If you have received a termination notice from your employer in Texas, you may feel you are a victim of employment discrimination. Although you may think that you have been unlawfully terminated, you may only have a vague understanding of the legalities behind it. Learning the reasons behind wrongful termination and accompanying warning signs can help determine if you are a victim.
Businesses often try to hide the truth
Companies engaging in wrongful termination often give their employees untruthful reasons for their dismissals. This dishonest behavior is called a pretext and is designed to cover their true intentions. Common pretexts include reasons like work performance, not being a team player, internal cutbacks, not fitting in with the company’s values, etc. Pretexts are often without a clear explanation. Proving evidence to the contrary is critical in showing that possible wrongful termination has occurred.
Wrongful termination categories usually involve these circumstances:
• Discrimination due to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, etc.
• Retaliation for reporting illegal business activities, also known as whistleblowing
• Violation of rights, including safety in the workplace
• False accusations and defamation
• Contract or policy violations
Protect your rights as an employee
Wrongful termination can affect your ability to get a new position. Many different scenarios qualify as wrongful termination under employment law, as there is no single concept that addresses illegal acts by employers. Texas is an “at will” state, meaning that companies can fire employees for most reasons. However, employees remain protected against termination if federal or state fair employment laws protect them. The employee may have additional protections provided by their employment contract.
However, firing an employee doesn’t mean it is legal. If you feel you have suffered wrongful termination, gather as much evidence as possible to the contrary. With solid evidence, you may get your old position back and receive compensation for lost wages.