Austin Wrongful Termination Attorney
Wrongful termination, also known as wrongful dismissal, occurs when an employer fires or discharges an employee in a way which violates the employee’s legal rights. Although the concept of wrongful termination is simple at first glance, it is complicated by the “at-will” doctrine, which states that an employee can be quit or be terminated at any time, and for any reason, so long as that reason is not itself illegal.
Texas, like most other states, has adopted the at-will doctrine, and restricts employees’ ability to bring wrongful termination suits against their employers, even when an employment contract is involved. This means that, in order to successfully pursue a claim of wrongful termination, evidence of more than just unfair treatment is required. Austin wrongful termination lawyers The Melton Law Firm recognizes how difficult of a task this can be, and can help you frame your wrongful termination case around:
- Violation of public policy
- Illegal discrimination
- Illegal retaliation
- Breach of contract
- Breach of good faith
A number of factors can influence how a wrongful termination claim is resolved. Documents that an employee may have signed, rights waived by either employee or employer, and the circumstances surrounding the dismissal – all these can affect the outcome of an Austin wrongful termination lawsuit.