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Employment Litigation

 

Federal and state employment laws direct employers to treat their workers fairly, but employers don't always follow the law.

 

Our employment litigation practice focuses on getting the employee the fair treatment they deserve. That can mean pursuing a wide variety of claims on behalf of our clients-including wage-and-hour, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims-that can seem overwhelmingly complex. So we work closely with our clients to understand their rights and fight for the best possible outcome in their employment dispute.

 

But what does being treated "fairly" mean, for a worker like you? For us, treating employees fairly means, among other things, that your employer should:

  1. Pay you fairly. You work, and you should get paid properly for your work. For instance, if you're being paid by the hour, then "fair pay" generally means being paid according to the minimum wage and overtime laws. When your employer doesn't (either because they miscalculate your hours, or don't pay you for "work time" properly), this may mean bringing wage and hour claims in federal court under the Equal Pay Act or the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Those wage and hour claims also may apply if you've been classified (and paid) as a salaried employee, but you should really be paid for overtime. In other words, the FLSA permits claims based on "misclassification". In short, your employer gets the benefits of your efforts-and needs to pay for those efforts appropriately. For more information about our employment litigation practice in wage-and-hour litigation, click here.
  2. Keep you from harassment. No matter who you are or what you do on your free time, you deserve to be free from harassment at the workplace. For instance, if your boss makes sexual remarks about you, sexual comments about your body, or sexually-charged requests to you, then you're not being treated fairly. When this happens, you may well need to bring a claim to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") for sexual harassment and/or discrimination based on sex. If and when the EEOC sends you a "right to sue" letter, your sexual harassment or sexual discrimination claim may be brought under federal law (Title VII) and/or the Texas Commission on Human Rights. Or if your coworkers make racially-inappropriate "jokes", racially-antagonistic remarks about your race or ethnicity, or racially-charged comments-especially with the approval or knowledge of your boss-then you may also need to bring a claim to the EEOC, for hostile work environment and/or discrimination based on race and/or ethnicity. In sum, at work you should be focused on your job-not at fending off offensive harassment that effectively discriminates against you. For more information about our employment litigation practice with discrimination claims, click here.
  3. Not discriminate against you. Texas is an "at will" state that generally allows employers to decide when and whether to hire, promote, and fire employees. But those decisions cannot be made based on a person's sex, race, religion, color, and national origin-and oftentimes cannot be based on disability, pregnancy, and age. For instance, if your manager decides to hire someone who is less qualified than you because of their race (that is different from yours), then-all things being equal-you should pursue a race discrimination claim with the EEOC and then, through Title VII in the federal courts. Likewise, if your supervisor decides to fire you after you reveal that you're pregnant, then you may have a claim under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. All in all, workplace discrimination still happens, and the law is there to stop it-even in an "at will" state. For more information about our employment litigation practice in discrimination claims, click here.

 

We want to work with you on your employment dispute-whether for unfair pay, harassment, discrimination, or something else. And we'll work to do so efficiently and thoroughly. To get started, call us for a consultation. There's absolutely no obligation to hire us. But if you do, then we'll fight to see that you're treated fairly. We look forward to talking to you, so call now.

 

 Skilled Representation for Workplace Discrimination Claims

Losing your job, hitting the glass ceiling, being demoted or suffering another form of adverse employment action due to race, ethnicity, disability, age, gender or status as a member of other protected classes can cause extreme stress. While our country has made strides in diversity, workplace discrimination continues to have an adverse impact on many people in the Houston, Texas, area. Most people are aware that state and federal laws prohibit employment discrimination, but victims frequently do not know where to turn when confronted with the egregious conduct.

 

Let Our Experience Guide You

With Will Denham, you will find a caring lawyer who will guide you through the steps you need to take to assert your rights. The laws that protect workers from discrimination come with deadlines, so it is critical to seek legal counsel as soon as possible after discriminatory acts impact your livelihood.

 

We understand how difficult it can be to confront your boss about unlawful behavior. We offer Consultations to allow you to learn about your rights. When you team up with us to fight discrimination, we can help you understand the entire process, explain how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is involved and demystify the protections the law provides for you.

 

Safeguarding Your Employment Law Rights

It is vital that your workplace discrimination claim includes an accurate description of the discriminatory acts or workplace harassment you have suffered. We can evaluate your unique circumstances and help you present a full description of the harms you have suffered to fully safeguard your rights. We handle all manner of employment discrimination claims, including:

  • Discrimination based on race, ethnicity or national origin
  • Gender or sex discrimination
  • Harassing conduct, including sex harassment or race harassment
  • Disability discrimination
  • Failure to accommodate your disability or medical condition
  • Discrimination based on age
  • Unlawful employer retaliation for complaining about workplace discrimination

 

We will provide you with the personal attention you need every step of the way. We regularly reach out to clients to provide updates on the status of their case, even when there are no changes. We remain approachable for clients who need answers when the stress at work continues during the process.

 

Get Your Consultation With a Caring Employment Law Attorney in Houston

If you have suffered workplace harassment or employment discrimination, we want to hear from you. To arrange a Consultation with a compassionate employment law attorney, call our office in Houston at 281-407-9538 or send us an email.

 

 Don't Wait to Address Your Wage and Hour Disputes

Getting paid for an honest day's work is an important right. Every worker deserves to get paid for the work they put in. Both Texas and the federal government have laws in place to protect the right of workers to receive fair pay. For instance, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets forth complex rules to define standards for record-keeping and who is entitled to receive overtime pay.

 

Unfortunately, either by mistake or malice, some employers fail to honor their duty to pay workers the full and fair amount they have earned. If you believe that your employer is failing to pay you money you have earned, we are here to help.

 

Skilled Guidance for FLSA Claims and Other Disputes Over Compensation

People from all walks of life and income brackets can suffer financial harm from wage and hour violations. Entry-level and minimum-wage employees are often reluctant to explore their rights due to fear for their jobs. Higher-wage workers are frequently underpaid for a variety of reasons, including unpaid overtime. Individuals with employment contracts are not immune from being underpaid, often based on fine print in a contract that is misapplied to deny commissions or bonuses. A contract may include unenforceable clauses to deplete a paycheck.

 

Will Denham, of Counsel, Drucker Hopkins LLP, is a respected law firm in Houston that has earned a reputation for putting the interests of our clients first. Our lawyer and legal team understand how important your livelihood is to you. When you arrange a initial consultation, we will sit down one-on-one with you to take the time to listen to your legal problem, as well as answer your concerns and questions. We will walk side by side with you every step of the way to resolve your wage and hour dispute. Our goal is to get you the money you have earned.

 

Backed by nearly 15 years' experience in litigation, we are fully prepared to address your paycheck concerns, including matters involving:

  • Failure to pay overtime
  • Improper accounting techniques that result in pay shortages
  • Improper documentation in tip-pooling arrangements that results in hospitality workers receiving less than the minimum wage
  • Unlawful deductions
  • Misclassification of employees as exempt to avoid paying overtime
  • Requiring workers to work off the clock - often to prep or clean up after a shift
  • Disparities in pay that violate the Fair Pay Act

 

Turn to a Respected Houston Employment Law Attorney for Help Getting Fair Pay

If you have reason to believe that your employer is unlawfully shorting your paycheck, call us at 281-407-9538. Prospective clients may also contact us using the online contact form. The initial consultation and all communications are confidential.

 

 

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1401 Richmond Avenue Suite 250 | Houston, TX 77006

Phone: 713-352-8888 | Fax: 713-454-7773 | Map & Directions

 

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Phone: 713-352-8888 | Fax: 713-454-7773 | Map & Directions

 

Learn How Our Team Can Help You. Call 713-352-8888 For A Consultation.

Will Denham of Counsel, Drucker Hopkins, LLP serves the Houston, Texas, metro area, Harris County and the surrounding areas.

 

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Site by Sara Yonker Creative Services