If you are dealing with inappropriate comments or jokes in the workplace, feel like you are being given the worst work because of the color of your skin, believe you were passed over for a promotion because of your age, or were unjustly let go from your job, it might be worth your time to speak with an employment lawyer. While Texas is an “at-will” state, meaning that an employer can let go of an employee at any time, they still have to abide by certain laws that protect employees from discrimination and retaliation. If you would like to better understand whether you have a case against your employer, you should call Davie & Valdez, P.C. to set up a free and confidential consultation with an employment lawyer El Paso, TX residents trust.
How do I know if I was discriminated or retaliated against?
Regardless of where you work, your employer is not allowed to discriminate against you for the following:
- The color of your skin
- Your country of origin
- Your gender
- Your age
- Your sexual orientation
Additionally, your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you because you reported unsafe working conditions or unethical practices. While there may be one big event that brings unfair treatment to light, many times there are lots of small circumstances before and/or after. It might be the racist jokes employees told in the snack room, the increasingly large workload a woman receives after she announces she is pregnant while her peers remain the same, or perhaps someone being passed over repeatedly for a promotion, which is given to younger applicants that aren’t as qualified. If you are wondering if you have been the victim of discrimination against, you can speak with an employment lawyer in El Paso, TX from a firm like Davie & Valdez, P.C. to learn whether your case will stand up in court.
How can an employment lawyer help me?
An employment lawyer knows all of the local, state, and federal laws that apply to your case. They will be able to explain what laws may have been broken and help you understand what legal options you have going forward. If you decide you want to take action against your employer, they will gather as much evidence as possible to support your case. They may collect emails, letters, voicemails, meeting notes, HR records, and other forms of hard evidence. They might also interview potential witnesses and call expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. If you are still working with the company, they may ask you to document any evidence of retaliation if it occurs. Your lawyer will help you determine how much compensation to seek for lost wages, emotional damages, etc. They will use the evidence to develop a legal strategy and file all of the required paperwork with the courts. They will fight for the justice you deserve every step of the way. Call Davie & Valdez, P.C. today to discuss your case with an employment lawyer in El Paso, TX.