Houston is an incredibly diverse city. But no matter our backgrounds and beliefs, we are all bound together by labor.
Jobs give us dignity. Our jobs define our identity. We expect to be rewarded for hard work. We give the best hours of our days to our employers. We expect to be treated fairly.
Fairness means employees are not treated differently because of their race or religion. Employees must be allowed to take time off if they are sick or injured, to care for loved ones in times of crisis, and to spend bonding time with newborn children. Employees cannot be made to feel different or unwelcome because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Women and men must be given the same opportunities to advance their careers and be paid the same wages for doing the same work. Employees with disabilities like diabetes, epilepsy, HIV, and cancer must be as welcome in our workplaces as anyone else. And if a worker with a disability needs an accommodation, it should be freely given.
This is no dream, it’s the law.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you need an employment lawyer to fight for you. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to meet face-to-face with an attorney.
Our Houston office is near the Galleria and we meet with potential clients by appointment only. We will discuss the pros and cons of your case. We will tell you if we think you have a case that would be appropriate for our employment law firm. You will have a chance to decide if we are the right lawyers for you.Discrimination and Retaliation
Under state and federal law, an employer cannot discriminate against an employee because of race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, or pregnancy. Despite the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), federal law protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Discrimination can include being wrongfully terminated, a demotion, not being hired, unequal pay, harassment, or a hostile work environment.
Importantly, employment laws also protect workers who oppose workplace discrimination. Under employment discrimination laws, retaliation is prohibited.Unpaid Wages
Employers must pay employees fairly, honestly, and entirely for their work. Workers must be paid the minimum wage. Workers must be paid for all work they perform. This means working off the clock, deducting time for breaks or lunches, and shorting hours are all illegal. In most instances, employees are entitled to overtime pay when they work more than forty hours. Special rules protect tipped employees like waiters from having to share tips with managers or kitchen staff, and prohibit breakage fees or making employees pay for walked tabs.
Our law office represents workers who are not fairly paid, including in class actions or collective actions. The law prohibits retaliation against workers lodging complaints or unpaid overtime or minimum wage violations.Leave and benefits
The law requires many employers to provide family leave and medical leave. When employees need leave to recover from surgery, assist family members suffering from illness, or welcome a new child into their home, the Family Medical Leave Act may provide twelve weeks of leave.
Employers often often take advantage of employees who do not know their rights. Not only can employees take leave, but they are also protected from retaliation when they return to their jobs. The employer is required to restore the employee to the position held prior to taking leave and must not retaliate against the employee.
We are here to serve the workers of Houston, Texas. But we cannot do our job unless you come forward and stand up for your rights. Do not let an employer steal your identity, your dignity, or your wages.
Contact us online or call us at (713) 337-1333.