What is the Law Regarding Employment in Houston?
Employment law in Houston regulates relationships between employer and employees, and independent contractors. This area of law regulates such employment issues as hiring procedures, wage amounts, and termination. Employers and their employees alike should be knowledgeable of Houston employment laws.
"At-Will" vs. Contract Employment Terms
Employment is typically considered to be "at-will", although at times the employer and employee may have an employment contract preventing termination before it expires. "At-will" employment means that either the employer or the employee can terminate the position at any given time, even without a specific reason, so long as the termination does not violate the law In the instance that the employer and employee have an employment contract, regulations from both the state and federal government will apply to the city of Houston
Anti-Discrimination laws in Houston
Laws which make discrimination illegal at all stages of employment including hiring, wages, and termination policies, all apply to Houston citizens. Houston residents must follow laws which prohibit employer discrimination against members of various classes. These classes include age, gender, race, religion, disability, and national origin.
Employment discrimination claims are often heard by an administrative agency like the EEOC. Additionally, some attorneys are specialists in the discrimination field.