Being fired from your job can be a humiliating experience, especially if you believe that you were wrongfully terminated. Not only can it result in you having no wages for a period of time, but it can also affect your career options in the future. Fortunately, there are federal and Texas laws that protect you against being illegally terminated. If you suspect that your discharge was for an illegal reason, you need the assistance of an experienced employment attorney.
How Our Skilled Employment Lawyer Can Help if You Were Wrongfully Fired From Your Job in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area
You would be at a serious disadvantage if you tried to pursue a claim of wrongful termination on your own. Employers rarely admit that they broke the law when they terminated an employee, and often their discriminatory or other illegal actions can be subtle. Here is what an experienced employment law attorney can do for you:
Understand Complicated Laws
There are many laws, such as state and federal civil rights laws, whistleblower laws, and anti-retaliation laws, that may have been violated in your termination. An experienced attorney will understand these complex laws and which ones may apply to your situation.
Evaluate Your Claim
Because employees are at-will in Texas, an employer has the right to terminate someone for no reason or for a completely arbitrary one. A skilled employment attorney who has handled many of these cases will be able to determine if your boss fired you for an illegal reason, such as discrimination, retaliation, filing a worker’s compensation claim, or for being a whistleblower.
Proving a claim of wrongful termination can be challenging. A lawyer will know what documents you need from your employer and the witnesses that should be interviewed to win your case. If you need expert witnesses, he will know how to find the right expert for your case.
File Your Administrative Complaint
You may need to file an administrative complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Agency (EEOC), the Texas Workforce Commission-Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD), OSHA, or the Labor Relations Board before filing a lawsuit. An experienced attorney will know when this is required—and your deadline for doing so.
Value Your Damages
A lawyer with a track record of success in settling and trying these cases will understand how much your claim is worth. This may include evaluatinglost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and punitive damages if your case was especially egregious. He will also know when you can require your ex-employer to pay your attorney fees.
Negotiate Your Settlement
You need an attorney who can fight for the settlement you deserve and is not afraid to try your case to ajury, judge or arbitrator if this becomes necessary. Many of these cases are not settled until after a civil lawsuit has been filed.
Do you have questions about whether you were wrongfully terminated from your job? Attorney Walt Taylor fights for the rights of employees throughout the Dallas, Fort Worth and Mid-Cities areas. To discuss your situation and the next steps you should take, contact us online or call our office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free initial consultation today.