Labor & Employment Litigation
Dallas Labor & Employment Law Attorney
RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW MATTERS
Employers frequently mistreat their employees in companies across the state. While this mistreatment is rampant, it can be difficult to identify and those affected by labor and employment issues don’t always know where to turn. With your job and career on the line, taking that first step towards getting justice is often nerve-wracking, but I want to stand at your side to defend your legal rights.
As a Dallas labor and employment lawyer, I protect my clients against abusive employers. If your employer’s conduct is in violation of the laws of Texas or federal regulations, you have legal right to fight them.
I am an experienced negotiator and litigator who is ready to pursue the best opportunities for an ideal resolution.
Through my years of working as an attorney in the Dallas area, I have represented a variety of clients. When it comes to labor and employment law, I am ready to put my experience to use and fight for your rights.
“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
AREAS OF PRACTICE: LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW IN TEXAS
Whether you need advice regarding an employee contract or you want to file a complaint of harassment or discrimination, I am here to help you as your Dallas employment law attorney.
I can offer you guided and knowledgeable counseling regarding:
- Employment Discrimination: If an employer discriminated against you based on your race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, they are in violation of federal law and can be held accountable.
- Workplace Harassment: While this type of harassment can take several forms, it is never acceptable. If an employer has harassed or humiliated you because of the way you speak or look or if they have made jokes or slurs about your race, religion, or other protected characteristics, they are violating Texas workplace harassment laws.
- Wage and Hour Claims: You deserve to be paid for the work you do. When an employer disputes the hours you worked or the wage you should receive, they’re infringing on your rights as an employee. Your work has value and you should receive the wages and payments your employer agreed to.
- Overtime Pay: Working overtime can be a tiring if necessary part of a position. However, many employers don’t adequately compensate employees for this extra time or pretend the employee isn’t entitled to overtime pay. Depending on your contract or agreement with the employer, you may be able to pursue a claim to receive the overtime pay you’re entitled to.
- Employee classification: If your employer misclassified you in an attempt to avoid federal taxes or payment requirements, you may be entitled to extra benefits or income that you should have been receiving all along.
- Sexual Harassment: No one should ever feel unsafe at work. Sexual harassment including lewd comments about an employee, unwanted physical interaction, or the promise of a promotion or raise following a sexual act all constitute sexual harassment and have no place at work.
- Unsafe Work Environment Claims: Some employers will cut corners wherever they can, even if it places their employees at risk of injury or even death. If an employee is injured because their employer did not follow safety regulations or failed to provide a basic level of safety, the employee can seek out legal action against the negligence of their employer.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Violations: FMLA protects employees should they need to take extended time off of work due to illness or to a family issue. If an employer has violated an employee’s rights under FMLA, they can be held accountable and face significant financial consequences.
- Non-Compete Agreements: To sign a non-compete agreement means that the signee will not open a similar business or practice within a certain distance or time frame that will compete with the other party involved with the agreement. However, the scope of these non-complete agreements can be excessive and violate the signee’s legal rights.
- Employee Contracts: Upon taking on a job, many employees sign a form of an employee contract. These contracts are often filled with illegal language that infringes on the rights of the employees in an attempt to benefit the company. If you suspect that your contract is unfair and illegal, M. J. Watson & Associates P.C. can help.
Employment and labor law violations in Texas are often complex and personal. Employers may threaten their employee or their coworkers to quiet a justified claim of harassment or discrimination. You don’t need to face this situation alone. When you hire M. J. Watson & Associates P.C., I will fight to make sure that your interests and your rights are protected.