Your Rights as an Employee at Will
Your Employer Does Not Have Unlimited Rights!
The state of Texas is an “at will” state for the purposes of employment. As a general rule, that means that an employee or an employer may terminate the relationship at any time and for any reason. There are, however, limits to what your employer can do. You cannot be fired in violation of the terms of a valid employment contract, and you cannot be terminated for reasons that are illegal or contrary to public policy. If your employer has wrongfully discharged you, Bailey & Galyen can help.
At Bailey & Galyen, we offer more than 14 years of employment law experience to individuals in Texas and nationwide, including people who have been wrongfully fired from a job. We believe that the focus of an attorney-client relationship should be squarely on the client. We’ll always give priority to your needs and concerns, taking the time to learn the details of your case, as well as your goals. We understand the anxiety that comes with uncertainty, so we’ll immediately notify you of any developments in your case. We’ll carefully explain your options and your likelihood of success, so that you can make informed decisions about how you want to proceed. All calls and e-mails will be promptly returned.
Protecting Your Rights as an Employee at Will
The legal principle of employment at will is the presumption in Texas and in most states. That presumption, however, can be overcome by the existence of a valid employment contract. It helps if that contract is in writing, but that’s not necessarily a requirement. Oral employment agreements may be enforceable, although Texas law generally requires that contracts lasting more than one year must be in writing. Furthermore, an employment contract can be implied or express. Your employer may intentionally create a contract, or may cause an enforceable agreement to be made through his or her choice of words.
Even though you may be an employee at will, there are prohibitions on your employer’s ability to terminate the employment relationship. Your employer may not fire you if doing so violates a “public interest.” Examples of that include:
- Discharging you for filing a valid workers’ compensation claim
- Firing you for reporting a violation of the law, such as wage and hour restrictions or accounting irregularities
- Terminating you for refusing to commit an illegal or unethical act, such as making false statements in a legal proceeding
- Discharging you for performing your civic duty, such as serving on a jury or becoming a member of the National Guard
We have a comprehensive understanding of the legal concept of “employment at will” and will help you pursue full and fair compensation for any losses you’ve suffered because your employer wrongfully terminated you.
Contact Bailey & Galyen for Effective Representation in Employment Controversies
At the law offices of Bailey & Galyen, we have the skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you resolve any type of employment issue, including wrongful termination. Contact us online or call us at 844-402-4530 to arrange an interview. Your first consultation is free. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will meet with you evenings or weekends upon request. Se habla Espanol.
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