Amarillo Employment Attorneys

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What is the Law Regarding Employment in Amarillo?

Employees, employers and independent contractors in Amarillo are controlled by employment law. Employment issues that are controlled by these laws include hiring policies, wage amounts, and termination procedures. Both employees and employers must have knowledge of the Amarillo employment laws.

"At-Will" vs. Contract Employment Terms

Occasionally an employment contract is used that sets a particular length of employment, but most of the times employment is considered to be on an "at-will" basis. "At-will" employers or employees can end the employment at any given time, if the reasons are not illegal. If an employment contract exists between the parties, state and federal laws will decide the validity and enforcement of the contract terms for people living in Amarillo.

Anti-Discrimination laws in Amarillo

Discriminating at any time of employment such as hiring, workplace environment, and terminating, is illegal according to laws applicable to Amarillo residents. Residents of Amarillo are regulated by laws which make it illegal to discriminate against members of specific categories. These categories include race, age, gender, national origin, disability, and religion.

Employment discrimination claims are often heard by an administrative agency like the EEOC. Furthermore, some attorneys are specialists in the discrimination field.

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Life in Amarillo

Amarillo is the seat of Potter County and largest city in the Texas Panhandle with over 175,000 residents according to the 2000 Census. Known to most as the "yellow rose of Texas," Amarillo is also the self-proclaimed "helium capital of the world" because the United States' most productive helium fields are located in town. Amarillo was originally known throughout the United States as a capital for cattle trade.

The city's industry hasn't changed much, Amarillo is still the location where roughly 25% of the nation's beef supply is processed and is also home to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. Tyson Foods is Amarillo's largest employer attesting to the meatpacking heritage of the city. Healthcare, the Amarillo Independent School District, and the City of Amarillo are other top employers. Bell Helicopter Textron operates and assembly plant in Amarillo which is responsible for the V-22 Osprey and Marine One assembly.

The Globe News Center for the Performing Arts in Amarillo houses the Amarillo Opera, Amarillo Symphony, and Lone Star Ballet in addition to concerts. For those who want the Texas Cowboy experience, Amarillo plays host to the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo as well as the World Championship Chuckwagon Roundup that is a food festival featuring staples cowboys and pioneers historically ate in the area. The World Championship Ranch Rodeo is put on by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association and attracts accomplished cowboys from around the world. There's even a weekly cattle auction that's free to the public named the Amarillo Livestock Auction. The American Quarter Horse Association and Hall of Fame is another internationally known Amarillo organization.

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