- Non-Competition Agreements
- Severance Agreements
- Executive Compensation
- Trade Secret Clauses
- Gender Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- Age Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Sexual Harassment
- Wage and Hour Litigation and Class Actions
- Unpaid Overtime
- Whistleblower Protection
Getting StartedUnlike most lawsuits, an individual who feels that he or she has been wrongfully discharged cannot simply file a lawsuit at the courthouse. A charge detailing the discriminatory conduct first must be filed with the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division (TWCCRD) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Because the scope of the charge affects the scope of the lawsuit, you will benefit from the assistance our lawyers can provide in drafting the charge documents. Delays in filing the charge can be fatal to your claim. The clock begins ticking when a discriminatory event occurs, such as a wrongful termination. Your charge must be filed within 180 days of that event (TWCCRD) or 300 days of that event (EEOC). Typically, you will have more strategic choices available to you if your charge is filed within the shorter time frame.
Unpaid Overtime WagesFiling a charge is not necessary when an employer has failed to pay wages that are due or appropriate overtime pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal statute for wage and hour enforcement, and state law also provides statutory protection. We handle such claims for individuals and groups (class actions).
Severance AgreementsIf your employer is requesting that you sign a severance agreement or release of claim as part of a severance proposal, we can help negotiate favorable terms, interpret legal jargon, and determine if the severance package is appropriate in your circumstances.
RetaliationJust as employers are not permitted to retaliate against an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim, Texas has a number of anti-retaliation statutes that offer protection to individuals who suffer retaliation for trying to do what’s right.
Examples of such statutes are:
- Juror Right to Employment
- Opposing Discrimination
- Medicaid-Fraud Prevention
- Nursing Peer Review
- Whistleblower Act
For BusinessesThe law exists to protect you as well as your employees. We can help you understand the legal implications of a broad spectrum of workplace issues. If you have a question about what distinguishes a lawful termination from an unlawful termination, how to set up overtime guidelines, the difference between severance and separation, or other issues that may come up in a fair workplace, please give us a call.
For IndividualsWhen you feel you may have been discriminated against, not paid for overtime, retaliated against for whistle blowing, or otherwise disadvantaged in the workplace, you need an experienced ally on your side. At Brooks Harrison—Attorneys At Law, PLLC, we have a history of bringing clarity and peace of mind to issues like unlawful termination, defamation of character, age discrimination and sexual harassment.
Questions we can answer include:
How can I create a fair separation or severance agreement?
An employee is accusing us of unlawful termination but we believe it was lawful, what can we do?
How do I get my employer to understand the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and implement it?
How can my company protect itself against accusations of sexual harassment or age discrimination?
Am I being fairly paid for my overtime? What does my business need to know about overtime pay?If you or a family member has been an employment law issue, it is essential to contact an experienced attorney. These are complex cases and an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer on your side is a necessity. It is in your best interests to consult with a lawyer from the legal team at Brooks Harrison—Attorneys At Law, PLLC as soon as possible.
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Brooks Harrison—Attorneys At Law, PLLC is a Texas law firm serving clients in Houston, Pasadena, Deer Park, Galveston, Baytown, Kingwood, Conroe, Woodlands, Crosby, Friendswood, Clear Lake, Katy, Sugar Land, La Porte, Galena Park, the entire Houston metropolitan area, the entire State of Texas, and in all of these United States.
Brooks Harrison—Attorneys At Law, PLLC is a lawyer licensed to practice in every court in the State Of Texas. Please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation at (877) 402-6658 or email to discuss your legal rights.