Find The Best Employment Lawyer
You need to find a lawyer that not only specializes in employment law but also represents businesses or workers. Lawyers who are certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and have the resources to handle most cases are a better choice. You can look for such lawyers online or get recommendations from family members, or friends that have hired employment lawyers. You need to have a face-to-face meeting with the lawyer to have a meaningful conversation about your case, and to get a sense of the lawyer’s skill sets. An ideal employment lawyer can offer legal services for employees in the following employment cases:
- Wrongful termination
- Wage theft
- Hour disputes
- Employment contracts
- Sexual harassment and more
Hostile Work Environment
A hostile work environment is not permitted under both state and federal laws. A hostile work environment generally involves an employee experiencing severe or pervasive harassment at work. For example, an employee that faces sexual harassment from a supervisor is in a hostile work environment. It can also involve any sort of discrimination based on skin color, race, gender, ancestry, religion, pregnancy, disability, or age at the workplace.
A number of employees face retaliation from their employers for their complaints about harassment, unpaid overtime, workplace safety, or for union organizing. The law does not allow employers to retaliate against employees that are exercising their rights. Some retaliatory actions can include pay cuts, failure to promote, harassment and even termination. Subtle retaliatory actions include negative body language, offensive remarks disguised as jokes, threatening body language, and so on. More subtle forms of retaliation are often the toughest to prove when the victim decides to sue.
Overtime Pay And Wage Theft
Employers must pay non-exempt employees at least the federal minimum wage. But if the state or local minimum wage is higher than federal minimum wage, then employers must pay the higher minimum wage. Employees that work overtime hours are entitled to pay at a higher rate than regular hourly wage. These include employees that work for more than 40 hours a week. You can sue an employer than refuses to pay the overtime premium and recover damages. Damages are just the amount of money you can recover in your lawsuit against an employer.
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Your lawyer can carry out an investigation to collect evidence for your case whether it is about wage theft, harassment, wrongful termination and more. With the help of an experienced Houston employment lawyer you can negotiate a fair employment contract, get reinstated to your position or job, obtain financial compensation and get justice.
Employment Law Attorney FAQ
How much does a Houston employment lawyer cost?
This can depend on who the law firm is representing. In certain cases, when the law firm is representing an employee, that case is taken on a contingency basis. Meaning the attorney only gets paid if you win. In other situations, the law firm may be representing the employer, and typically, in that case, the law firm would be paid on an hourly or flat fee basis. Each situation is different and the only way to get a good idea of how much your employment lawyer will cost is to call the office for a quick consultation.
Can I work with a female employment lawyer?
Kuiper Law Firm has multiple female attorneys on our team. We understand that employment law issues can sometimes be of a highly sensitive nature and some clients may prefer to work with a female or male attorney. We are an equal opportunity employer and we have a diverse team.
Who is the best Houston employment lawyer?
Most Texas attorneys do not like to use descriptive terms like, best employment attorney. Mainly because each client will bring a unique case. There are some law firms that focus on certain aspects labor and employment law. For best results, you should set up a quick consultation, and an attorney at the firm will discuss your best options.
How can I find a discrimination attorney near me?
Kuiper Law Firm can help you if you have been illegally discriminated against in the workplace. The United States and The State of Texas both have stringent laws in place to protect against illegal discrimination in the workplace and we will be glad to help you in the matter. Call our office today to speak to an attorney.