Labor law in Laredo serves to protect the relationship between employers and employees by means of collective bargainings, such as trade unions. The primary purpose of labor law is to prevent employment discrimination with payment of wages, overtime, termination of contracts, and the protection of employment contracts.
Employees are legally entitled to labor protection under federal and Texas state law, and if your employer has violated your labor law rights, you can make a claim against them. At Galo Law Firm, we have over three decades of experience in managing employment disputes and discrimination cases.
We know the Laredo employment legal system like the back of our hands and we have helped many clients to get compensated fairly for their harm. Our lead lawyer, Michael Galo, has been listed as an outstanding lawyer on the Super Lawyers rating service, due to his high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Our clients hire us because of our dedication to their cases and our understanding of their situations. We can help you with your case too, just schedule a consultation with one of our experienced labor lawyers to come in and discuss your case.
Get in contact with us by calling 210-361-8043.
For most employees, going up against your employer for discrimination or violation of your rights can be quite daunting. Many citizens of Laredo feel intimidated by their managers or employers and will often refrain from reporting violations of their labor rights due to a fear of retaliation or of not being listened to.
Employment lawyers can help take this strain off of you and do all of the hard work on your behalf. Having the backing of an experienced labor lawyer can significantly increase your chances of receiving compensation or getting other forms of justice, such as getting your job back.
Attorneys who are experienced with labor and employment law cases will help you lodge complaints to the relevant government board, such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), carry out independent research, conduct an investigation, and take your case to a Texas court if necessary.
There are many facets of labor law, so it is important that you hire a lawyer that has experience dealing with the specific legal issue that affects you.
Labor law can also be referred to as employment law in that it deals with many of the same topics. However, when we refer to employment disputes that are dealt with through groups such as a trade union, we specifically talk about labor law.
The most important job of a labor lawyer is to regulate Laredo employment contracts and to ensure that employers are holding up their obligations to their employees in the areas listed below.
The minimum wage in Texas for those aged over 20 is $7.25 per hour, in accordance with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There are exceptions in place for students, who get $6.16 an hour, under 20’s, who get $4.25 an hour for the first 90 days, and employees who earn a certain amount of tips each month.
Under Texas law, you are legally entitled to petition your employer for a higher payment rate through means of collective bargaining. If you are a worker that receives tips, your employer is required to pay you up to at least $7.25 an hour. So, if your employer pays you $4 an hour, but you only receive $2 in tips, you are legally entitled to receive a higher level of payment.
The Texas Minimum Wage Act provides that all employees must receive earning statements from their employers that include their name, pay rate, deduction, hours worked, and net pay.
One of the most common issues employers face in Texas is getting paid appropriately for overtime that they work. The Fair Labor Standards Act in Texas sets out the rules regarding overtime in Texas. It provides that when an employer works more than 40 hours a week, the extra hours must be paid at a rate of 1.5 times their usual salary.
Mandatory overtime is permitted in Laredo, with the exception of certain professions. There are also certain professions that are exempt from overtime such as tipped employees, and sales workers.
If you do not receive the pay you are entitled to by your employer, you should contact an attorney from our law practice today.
Attorneys who specialize in labor and employment matters can also help you with employment discrimination issues. Employment discrimination is strictly prohibited under federal and state law in Texas. You can file a complaint if you were discriminated against on the grounds of:
Employers in Texas are prohibited from basing any employment decisions based on the reasons listed above. This includes denying you a promotion, firing you, limiting the amount of work you receive, failing to offer you benefits, or any behavior that is discriminatory in nature.
Laredo employment laws do not offer employees the right to take paid time off work, for holidays, sick leave, or any other reason. However, employees do reserve the right to take unpaid leave from work, in certain situations.
To legally take unpaid leave from work, workers must fall under the protection of the Family and Medical Leave Act. To receive protection from this Act, your place of employment must operate in more than one state and have at least 50 full-time employees.
If this act applies to you, you can request leave from your place of employment for 12 weeks for medical reasons, or to take care of an ill family member, newborn child, or adopted child.
For Laredo employers who are not covered under this Act, you must consult with your employer to determine what type of leave you are entitled to for the reasons listed above.
If your employer refuses to give you time off or refuses to give you your job back on return, you should contact one of our Laredo employment lawyers.
Laredo labor law covers a huge range of issues that affect employees, including employment discrimination, protection of labor contracts, overtime, minimum wages, wage disputes, and much more. As an employee, you have certain rights that must be protected by your employer at all costs. If these rights are not protected, you are entitled to file a claim against them to get awarded justice.
At Galo Law Firm, we have the experience and drive that you need to win your labor rights case. Our attorneys are highly experienced with labor law, employment disputes, and many related practice areas. We want to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are duly compensated for any harm you have suffered.
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