There are a number of ways in which your termination may be “wrongful.” Generally speaking, employment in Texas is “at will,” meaning your employer can hire you, fire you, promote you, or demote you for any reason–good, bad, random, or unfair. There are exceptions to that under both state and federal law. Notably, if your employer is motivated by your age, sex, race, religion, national origin or disability, then the termination is “wrongful”–illegal. Additionally, your employer cannot fire you for refusing to perform an illegal act if that act had criminal consequences and it was the sole reason for termination. There are also various “whistleblower” laws that protect mostly government employees. Beware as many of those entities have grievance procedures that must be followed before suit can be filed and those procedures must be followed to the letter. There are also various federal laws that protect employees from being fired if the termination is linked to an employee’s reporting of misconduct on the part of the employer.
The lawyers with Hutchison & Foreman, PLLC have handled many wrongful termination cases and can advise you whether you may have a claim.