When Do You Need an Employment Lawyer?

employment-law-austinEmployment lawyers can be helpful in navigating the complexities of an employment relationship and can help to ensure that the rights of both employers and employees are protected in the workplace. If you have questions as an employer or an employee, it is wise to seek an experienced employment lawyer who understands the laws governing employment in Texas and beyond.

Employers

For employers, the advice of an experienced employment lawyer can help you to save time and money, ensure that your employees are treated fairly, and that your company is protected. Consider using an employment lawyer to ensure the best results in situations such as these:

  • Employment decisions such as terminations and layoffs: If you need to terminate an employee for performance issues, or violations of company policies, or if your company will need to lay off a large number of employees, it is best to seek the advice of an experienced employment attorney to ensure that everything is done within the limits of the law and to minimize the risk of future lawsuits.
  • Making changes to employee pension plans or group benefits: Consulting a lawyer can help you avoid any potential missteps when making changes that affect your employees.
  • Drafting and reviewing documents: Have an experienced employment lawyer assist with contracts, company policies, and employee handbooks to ensure that they are accurate and fair.
  • Legal Proceedings: In the case of complaints or lawsuits, which can often be very complex, make sure that you hire a knowledgeable and experienced employment lawyer to protect your company.

Employees

Employees are entitled to have their rights protected in the workplace. There are a number of situations in which an employee may need to seek an employment lawyer in order to ensure that their rights are protected and to get help navigating a complex employment relationship. You may consider an employment lawyer for help with:

  • Reviewing an employment contract: Get help understanding what is in your new employment contract or non-compete and/or non-disclosure agreement.
  • Wrongful termination: Despite the fact that Texas is an “at will” employment state, meaning that employees can be let go unexpectedly with little to no cause, there are wrongful termination laws that do provide some protection in certain cases. Consulting with a lawyer who understands the Texas employment laws can help you determine if you have been wrongfully terminated and what your recourse may be.
  • Discrimination: If you feel that you have been discriminated at work or denied employment based on age, gender, race, religion, disability, pregnancy, membership in the armed forces, or sexual orientation consult with a lawyer who can help you find a resolution.

Employment law and the employer/employee relationship can be complex. The employment lawyers at Alexander Law Firm are knowledgeable about federal and state employment law and are highly experienced at dealing with disputes in the workplace. Contact us to help protect your rights as an employer or employee.