We handle a wide array of plaintiff employment discrimination cases in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. We would be happy to discuss your case and develop a legal strategy that fits your situation.
Both federal and state statutory laws and common law protect against discrimination in the workplace. Both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “EEOC” and the Texas Workforce Commission “TWC” enforce applicable laws. Most employees must first go to the EEOC and/or the TWC before being brought into court.
Federal and Texas state laws protect employees against discrimination based on age, race, color, national origin, disability, harassment, pregnancy, religion, retaliation, and sex.
American with Disabilities Act “ADA”
Age Discrimination in Employment Act “ADEA”
Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
Pregnancy Discrimination Act “PDA”
Harassment and hostile work environment are one of the larger litigated areas in employment law.
In a harassment case, the employer the typically liable for harassment by a supervisor and/or manager that results in a negative employment action such as termination, failure to promote or hire, or a loss of wages. If the supervisor’s harassment is continuous and substantial, it may rise to creating a hostile work environment for the employee.
An employer may defend itself from a hostile work environment claim if it can prove that (1) it reasonably tried to prevent and promptly correct the harassing behavior; (2) the employee unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities provided by the employer.
Depending on the type of claim, claims must be filed with the TWC within 180 days after the adverse employment action or the EEOC within 300 days of the adverse employment action.
Before a lawsuit is filed, you must exhaust all administrative remedies and complete the process through either TWC or EEOC.
The investigation process can last up to 18 months or longer because of the current backlog of cases. However, you may request your right to file a private lawsuit after your administrative claim has been pending for 180 days.
Hiring an employment attorney is crucial to ensure your rights are protected and to navigate complex employment laws, resolving issues such as wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, or contract disputes with expertise and legal guidance.