Legal Analysis and Advice
When you are faced with a legal problem, the first thing you need is good information. We spend a lot of time giving advice to people with employment disputes and other legal dilemmas. Legal counseling is one of the most important things we do. People often want to know: What are my legal rights? What are my options? What could I hope to recover? What will it cost to pursue my claims? How could filing a lawsuit affect my career?
Many new clients come to us because they’ve been terminated and their employer has given them an offer of severance benefits. We routinely get involved in the negotiation of such agreements. Sometimes we handle the negotiation and deal directly with the employer or the employer’s attorney. In other cases, we merely provide advice to help guide the employee in their direct discussions with the employer. It is also important that employees understand the meaning and legal consequences of employment severance agreements that may impact their rights and ability to find their next job.
Complaints and Administrative Proceedings
Many employment related claims must begin with the filing of and administrative complaint. In some cases, an administrative complaint is the first official step. We regularly represent individuals and some employers in proceedings filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Texas Workforce Commission, The Department of Labor, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and others.
A lawsuit isn’t always the answer. But for some clients, the courts become their only means to resolve their legal problem. In those case, we believe that a “Trial Ready” approach is the best way to proceed. Over the years, we’ve handled both large and small lawsuits and have appeared in State and federal courts in Texas and elsewhere, including the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.