Comprehensive Employment And Civil Litigation Representation
At The Galo Law Firm P.C. we use our extensive experience as employment law trial attorneys, advisors and negotiators to fight aggressively and effectively for the rights of our clients.
As an employee, you have a right to fair treatment in the workplace. You also have a right to speak up if you feel that you have suffered harassment or employment discrimination. With support from Galo Law Firm, you will have the resources you need to take back your power in the workplace.
Our San Antonio employment law firm represents clients dealing with a broad range of issues and legal violations encountered at work. Our legal specialization means that we understand the complexities of employment law and can guide you through your case.
Galo Law Firm is committed to your rights and best interests and will be prepared to take your case to trial if an out-of-court settlement is not possible. Our approach to the attorney-client relationship is unparalleled, and our San Antonio employment lawyers will see through your case from beginning to end with a highly personalized approach.
Contact our employment law office in San Antonio, TX, today and arrange a consultation with an employment law attorney at 210-361-8043.
Our San Antonio Employment Attorneys Advocate for Workers’ Rights
At both the state and federal levels there are standards in place to protect workers’ rights including fair pay, overtime, and record-keeping. Workers under a certain age are also protected from doing work that is inappropriate for their age or potentially dangerous.
Unlike many other San Antonio employment attorneys, we represent both employees and management in both state and federal courts. We believe that this gives us a clear advantage, as we understand both sides. This makes us more effective advocates and advisors to our clients.
Whatever labor law issues you are facing, we can help, from representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation to protecting the interests of businesses in complex disputes.
At The Galo Law Firm, we are experienced in many San Antonio labor law matters and civil litigation. These include:
Wrongful Termination in San Antonio, TX
If you have been wrongfully terminated, then either your employment contract was breached, or the termination broke an employment law. We have handled hundreds of wrongful termination lawsuits.
There are many reasons why firing an employee can be considered wrongful termination, for example:
- The termination was motivated by illegal discrimination such as disability discrimination.
- The employer is retaliating against the worker for filing a workers compensation claim, against a whistleblower complaint, or a refusal to perform an illegal act.
- The employer violated the employee’s contract by not giving them a notice period or pay.
Every employee has the right to work free from discrimination based on protected classifications, including race, national origin, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, and other protected classifications .
At Galo Law Firm, our San Antonio employment lawyers represent both management and employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as in litigation in state and federal courts across Texas.
If you make a complaint about your employer after discriminatory or legal issues then you are protected by both state and federal laws. If you are fired because you filed an EEOC charge or opposed discrimination or illegal practices then you may be able to file a claim against them.
There are state and federal laws to protect employees from gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can involve a hostile work environment created through jokes, pictures, comments, or inappropriate touching. The law also prohibits quid pro quo harassment, which is the request for sexual favors in exchange for workplace advancement.
Severance pay is sometimes granted to employees upon termination of employment. If it is promised in a written policy agreement, then it is enforceable under Texas Payday Law.
At Galo Law Firm our San Antonio employment law attorneys assist employers in drafting severance agreements and we also help employees in reviewing and negotiating severance agreements.
Non-Compete and Trade Secret Disputes
Non-competition and trade secret law has exploded in Texas thanks to a 2006 decision from the Texas Supreme Court. Non-compete agreements are complex documents that should be reviewed by a San Antonio employment law attorney. They encompass confusing and sometimes harmful stipulations that limit the rights of employees to work at the company and the geographical location of their choice.
Trade secrets can be the most valuable asset of any company, and companies can try to protect them through additional limitations written into non-compete and employment agreements. They can be used to protect confidential information, marketing lists and materials, lender information, and more.
At Galo Law Firm our San Antonio employment lawyers have a wealth of experience in drafting and reviewing non-compete agreements for both employees and employers.
When representing employees, we can advise on the reasonableness of a non-compete agreement and can negotiate on your behalf to maximize your freedom in the marketplace and limit any constraints. We can also work to reduce the definition of “competing” industries and companies and lessen restricted timelines and geographical ranges.
If you are up against an agreement you have already signed, we can advise you on its enforceability and negotiate on your behalf.
We have also litigated many non-compete and trade secret cases on behalf of management.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that states that most employees who work for over 40 hours in a week must receive overtime pay. If this is ignored or misapplied then an attorney can help you recover what you are owed.
Our employment law lawyers in San Antonio can help both management and employees to navigate contract negotiations and drafting contracts. When negotiating an employment contract, many rights are at stake.
For example, you may want to consider compensation, benefits, bonuses, under what circumstances an employee can be terminated, and whether they will be entitled to a severance package.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA)
If someone qualifies for FLMA, then they are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for treatment and recovery from a serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member who suffers from a serious health condition.
Our employment attorneys in San Antonio can provide both employers and employees with advice regarding FMLA rights and responsibilities. We can also litigate FMLA claims in court and arbitration to ensure that rights are protected.
Nonsubscriber liability is where an employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance when an employee is injured or killed, but they can still be sued.
Our employment lawyers have a wealth of experience prosecuting and defending negligence and personal injury cases involving nonsubscriber litigation.
Questions to Ask an Employment Lawyer in San Antonio, TX
We believe that our labor and employment law attorneys at Galo Law Firm have the wealth of knowledge and experience it takes to guide you through your litigation. Our San Antonio labor lawyers have worked in employment contract law since 1994. Our experience partnered with our highly individualized approach is unmatched.
However, we don’t expect you to take our word for it. Most of our clients have never had to hire an employment attorney before, and looking at all the options available to you can feel overwhelming. Therefore, here are a few things you may want to consider when looking for the right labor law attorney in South Texas.
How much of the practice is devoted to employment law?
Each branch of law is highly complex. When a law firm has a specialism, such as employment matters, it allows them to develop more skills and experience that will help them navigate your case. At Galo Law Firm, our San Antonio employment lawyers have been committed to employment law for nearly three decades.
Do they have any professional associations and honors?
A high-quality employment lawyer will have professional associations, including the Professional body representing solicitors in the region. They may also have honors such as ‘Super Lawyers’ and an AVVO rating.
The founder of Galo Law Firm, Michael V. Galo Jr. professional associations include the State Bar of Texas, San Antonio Bar Association, Texas Bar Foundation, and San Antonio Bar Foundation.
He has also received many honors including “Best Lawyers” (in America) 2013 – 2021, Super Lawyers 2007 – 2021, Best Lawyers of Scene in San Antonio, and the highest possible AV Rating. Michael is also Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law per the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Can they provide testimonials from previous clients?
Our employment law attorneys in San Antonio have numerous reviews from previous clients and thanks to our many years of service the likelihood is high that we have handled cases similar to yours in the past.
Are the employment attorneys prepared to take your case to court?
Settlement outside of the courtroom is often preferable as it saves time, money, and stress. However, at Galo Law Firm, we are prepared to aggressively fight for your rights even if that means taking your case to court. Our San Antonio employment attorneys have extensive experience in both state and federal courts and can handle whatever your case throws at us.
Does the law firm represent employers or employees?
At Galo Firm, we are proud to represent both employers and employees. We believe that this gives us a clear advantage as we can understand the argument from both sides, and can foresee any potential pushback against a case.
Do they charge an initial consultation fee? If not, why not?
Our labor lawyers charge a small consultation fee, which drastically reduces the number of consultations we carry out. This allows every consultation to be carried out by a dedicated employment attorney on our team. This ensures that clients are serious about their case and can move forward quickly from their initial consultation.
We are dedicated to each and every case and take an individualized and highly involved approach. We are not looking to maximize the number of cases we take on, but rather do everything possible for the clients we do have.
Employment Law Firm, San Antonio, TX
Galo Law Firm can help you with all employment law matters. An experienced employment attorney from our firm can bring you peace of mind knowing you are following the proper legal steps and someone is fighting aggressively to protect your legal rights.
Michael Galo combines his extensive experience and successful record with full commitment to your case and personalized service. The result is a superior legal process experience. He will take the time to listen to your concerns whilst aggressively protecting your rights, keeping you informed at every step of the process.