What Are My Rights as an Employee?
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Employees in Texas are protected by a number of state and federal employment laws. Unfortunately, many workers are unfamiliar with the very laws that could protect them in their professional lives. At McDowell Law Group LLP, we advise employees on their rights, and help them in various employment law matters.
If the following describes your scenario, talk to us today.
- Have you been unlawfully terminated from your job?
- Have you experienced workplace discrimination?
- Have you been denied benefits?
Our Houston employee rights attorneys can protect you.
What are Texas Employee Rights?
As an employee in Texas, you have several rights that are protected. To name a few:
- The right to not be denied work if you are part of a labor union
- The right to receive minimum wage (currently $7.25 an hour)
- The right to not be discriminated against based on race, religion, sex, or nationality
Texas: A Right-to-Work State
Texas is a right-to-work state, meaning that individuals are free to choose whether to join a labor union - but cannot be denied employment based on this choice. Both union and non-union members in the state of Texas have the same employment rights.
If you are being pressured to participate in a labor union-type of organization, or believe that you face retaliation for not accepting these conditions, you may have a case against your employer.
Texas Laws Regarding Termination
In Texas, an employee can be terminated for any reason, as long as that reason does not violate the law. For example, an employer can fire an employee if he or she does not like the employee. However, the employer cannot fire an employee on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, or national origin.
Texas Labor Laws Regarding Overtime
According to Texas Payday Law (Texas Labor Code 61 § 61.001(4)), employees are entitled to be paid overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week. The pay rate for overtime in Texas is one and a half times the employee's regular pay rate.
However, overtime laws do not apply to "exempt" employees, or employees who are paid an annual salary, season workers, etc. Some jobs that are inherently exempt to overtime laws are:
- Railroad employees and certain airline employees
- Taxi drivers
- Certain delivery drivers
Questions about your rights in the following? We can answer them.
- Employment contracts
- Wage and hour law
- Overtime pay
We represent clients throughout the Houston area in a range of employment matters.