Gale Law Group
711 N Carancahua St Suite 514
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
361.808.4444

Employment Law

Employment Law

Employment Law

Our employment law practice includes advice and/or litigation involving the following areas:

  • Affirmative Action
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Arbitration
  • Background Investigations
  • Civil Rights
  • COBRA
  • Compensation
  • Disabilities
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employee Privacy Rights
  • Employment Contracts
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • ERISA
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Handbooks
  • Harassment Claims and Investigations
  • Internet-Based Training
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • Live Training Programs
  • Management Training Seminars
  • Mediation
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Occupational Safety and Health Law
  • Personnel Policies
  • Retaliation Claims
  • Temporary Employees and Employee Leasing
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • Unemployment Insurance Claims
  • Unemployment and Disability Benefits
  • Unfair Competition and Non-Compete Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • WARN Act
  • Workers Compensation
  • Workplace Violence Control Plans
  • Wrongful Discharge Claims

employment law

Texas Labor Laws

Texas labor laws are meant to set the standards for minimum wage, the fair treatment of employees, and the environment in the workplace for both staff and management. They work with federal laws, and they cover issues related to the following:

  • Overtime pay
  • Meals and breaks
  • Severance pay
  • Pay periods
  • Child labor
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination

There are many other issues that Texas employment laws address, so be sure to speak to a qualified attorney for more information.

Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws in the State of Texas

The minimum wage in the State of Texas is $7.25 an hour, which is the same as the current federal level. The Texas Minimum Wage Act has also imposed certain guidelines related to employees who aren’t exempt from this law. They must receive a written statement from their employer that provides more specific information about their pay, earnings, and any possible remedies listed under civil law if a violation has occurred.

Employers are prohibited from paying a wage that falls below the current federal level, and workers are allowed to bargain for higher pay. If employees make money from tips, they can be paid less than the federal minimum wage if it brings in enough money that’s equivalent to $7.25 an hour. But they must be paid at least $2.13 an hour. Texas has no specific laws related to the payment of overtime, but federal laws do apply (which requires 1.5 times of your regular pay). The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires companies to pay overtime if their employees work more than 40 hours in a week. But if they fall within certain exceptions, they aren’t entitled to overtime pay.

Employers are required to pay at least on a monthly basis, but any company that chooses to pay bi-monthly are required to keep the amount of days as equal as possible. They must designate specific paydays that fall in accordance with state laws, or they must fall on the first and 15 of every month. If an employee hasn’t gotten paid on those days, they must receive their earnings as soon as possible.

Discrimination and Harassment Laws in the State of Texas

The Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits any employer to discriminate on the basis of color, religion, gender, race, or national origin. And there are federal laws that don’t allow discrimination based on age, disability, or any other type of genetic information. Any company that has at least fifteen staff members are subject to the laws that are outlined in the Civil Rights Act, and any company with more than 20 employees are subject to the laws related to age discrimination. Employers are also prohibited from discriminating while an employee is at his or her workplace. This includes any of the following:

  • Conducting interviews
  • Making hiring decisions
  • Offering promotions
  • Offering compensation and benefit packages
  • Layoffs or terminations
  • Disciplinary actions

Texas has several laws that are specific to the state, which also deal with the discrimination on what has been outlined above. They apply to any employers who have at least 15 people in their staff, and the Texas Workforce Commission has more information about these laws. If you feel that you have been subject to discrimination while you’re at work, Gale Law Group has a team of qualified attorneys who can help you with your case. Feel free to contact us if you want more information. We would be happy to speak with you!