Texas laws protect employees from discrimination in their employment and when they are terminated. This is in addition to the protections against illegal discrimination under federal civil rights laws. If you suspect that you were a victim of discrimination when you were fired, you need to consult an experienced wrongful termination attorney who can help you file an administrative complaint before the deadline to do so expires.
Was Your Termination in Violation of These Texas Civil Rights Laws?
If you were terminated from your job, it is important to understand what types of discrimination are prohibited under Texas law. Texas anti-discrimination laws mirror the protections under federal civil rights laws in many ways. It is illegal to discriminate against an employee based on these characteristics:
- National origin
- Sex, which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and any related medical conditions
- Mental or physical disability
- Age—40 years old or older
It is also illegal for an employer to terminate an employee in retaliation for participating in a protected activity, like filing a discrimination complaint or participating in a co-worker’s complaint. There is no Texas state law that protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, some cities—Austin and Houston, for example—prohibit termination for these reasons.
Which Employers Are Covered Under Texas Wrongful Termination Laws?
Like federal civil rights laws, Texas anti-discrimination employment laws only apply to companies with a certain number of workers. Companies with 15 or more employees are covered under the state’s anti-discrimination laws. If you believe you were wrongfully terminated, you can file a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission—Civil Rights Division.
Do You Believe You've Wrongfully Terminated Or Discriminated Against At Your Texas Job?
Whether you believe you've been wrongfully fired from your Texas job or feel you're being discriminated against you should speak with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Colleyville office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free consultation.
We help wrongfully terminated workers throughout Texas including Arlington, North Richland, Grapevine, Bedford, Hurst, Euless, Irving and all points in between.