As a worker in Texas, it’s important to understand your rights in the workplace, and your right to take action should a breach of your protected rights occur. At the law offices of Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C., our employment law attorneys can guide you through your rights, and provide you with legal representation when you need it most.
Please refer to the following for more insight about some of the protected workers’ rights in Texas, and call us directly if you have more questions.
Texas Workers’ Rights
Both federal and state laws provide numerous protections to employees in the workplace. While rights differ to some extent by employment position and industry, there are some basic rights that apply to the majority of workers. These include:
- The right to be paid the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage, as well as the minimum wage in Texas, is $7.25 per hour. You have the right to be paid at least the minimum wage; if you are offered a wage that is less than $7.25 per hour, your rights are being breached.
- The right to overtime pay. Just as you have the right to make at least the minimum wage, so do you have the right to overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a seven-day period. Overtime pay is to be paid at a rate of 1.5 times your normal rate. For example, if you make $10 per hour, then you have the right to be paid $15 per hour for hours worked over 40.
- The right to work in a discrimination-free workplace. You have the right to work in a workplace that is free of discrimination. If discrimination is occurring, your rights are being violated, and you may be able to file a civil claim against your employer as such. Types of employment discrimination include age, sex, color, race, national origin, religion, and disability discrimination (this list is not inclusive).
- The right to participate in protected activities without retaliation. One of the most important workers’ rights in Texas is the right to participate in protected activities without being retaliated against. This includes the right to file a workers’ compensation claim if you are harmed on the job, the right to file a discrimination claim, and even the right to vote and serve as a juror when called for jury duty, amongst others.
These are not the only rights afforded to you as a worker in Texas – please call our law firm to learn more.
Have Your Rights as a Worker Been Breached?
It can be difficult to understand the breadth of workers’ rights.
Texas employment law attorneys like those found at the office of Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. can guide you through what you need to know and aid you in understanding the remedies available if a breach of your rights has occurred. For your free consultation with our workers’ rights attorneys, please call us today or send us a message.