Each employee who meets with us receives an individual legal assessment of their workplace situation from one of our lawyers, law students or clinic employees. We will discuss your right to a full salary, operate in a safe environment and be free from discrimination and retaliation. Lawyers and clinic staff will work with you to develop strategies on how to achieve your goals. Many other types of reprisals may be illegal; These are just a few examples. You can talk to a lawyer about your particular situation. Do you think something illegal is happening in your workplace? Our clinic offers the opportunity to discuss these issues in the workplace and learn more about your legal rights. Contact the U.S. Department of Labor`s Wages and Hours Division at 1-866-478-9243. This federal agency is responsible for investigating minimum wage and overtime violations and can recover unpaid wages for you or other workers in your workplace. You can file an anonymous complaint and the process is free. The Ministry of Labour will not ask you about your immigration status. Under the Federal Disability Americans Act (ADA) and the Texas Labor Code Chapter 21, it is illegal for an employer with 15 or more employees to discriminate against an employee or applicant because of the employee`s physical or mental disability. These laws prohibit, among other things, employers from discriminating against an employee or applicant because the employee has a disability, because the employer believes the employee has a disability, or because the employee has a disability (e.g., medical records or other documents proving that you have a disability).
It is often illegal for an employer to take revenge on an employee who has asked for or defended his or her rights, for example, by: Contact a lawyer or contact a worker centre. You may contact Texas RioGrande Legal Aid at 888-988-9996 for free confidential information and legal advice. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid does not generally handle ERISA cases involving a specific area of law. We recommend that you consult a lawyer who regularly accepts ERISA files. If you would like to contact a private attorney in Texas representing employees, click here to visit the Texas Employment Lawyers Association website. You may also contact the Texas State Bar Attorneys` Referral Service at 800-252-9690. With the generous support of the legal community, funders, foundations and other donors, Legal Aid at Work offers four main services: We host local legal clinics with local community organizations, including the Fair Work Collaborative. These clinics are designed to reduce barriers for workers seeking legal advice on workplace issues. It is generally illegal for an employer who is subject to labour laws that prohibit discrimination to dismiss or retaliate against an employee for requesting or attempting to exercise his or her rights. For example, it is generally illegal to retaliate against workers who: Our legal team is made up of bilingual staff and we regularly use professional interpreters to serve workers from diverse backgrounds. It is illegal for employers with at least 4 employees to discriminate on the basis of citizenship status (for example, favoring workers with a certain immigration status or discriminating against people who are not U.S.
citizens). The law prohibiting discrimination against citizenship is called the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Under federal and Texas law, it is illegal for employers of at least 15 employees to discriminate against an employee or applicant based on their religion, including religious clothing and grooming practices. The law protects persons who belong to organized religions, as well as persons with sincere religious, ethical or moral convictions. In many cases, employers must make so-called “reasonable arrangements” for an employee`s religion, such as flexible hours, shift changes, or changes to workplace policies. Changes in the work environment, unless it is very difficult or costly for the employer. Sexual harassment, including gender shortages and harassment based on gender stereotypes (more information can be found here). As of 01.09.2021, sexual harassment is illegal for all employers in Texas, regardless of size.
Our Labour and Workers` Rights practice pursues positive litigation, policy reform, individual representation and community education to strengthen enforcement of workers` and jobseekers` rights, discourage employers from taking advantage of vulnerable workers, and help low-income workers earn a living wage. We provide counselling, referral and advocacy services to low-income workers facing a variety of issues, including job loss, unpaid wages and overtime pay, workplace discrimination and sick leave issues. In addition, Our Child Care Project advocates and advises home child care providers on licensing and other legal issues affecting their child care employment. The Legal Aid Society`s Labor Law Unit (ELU) has advised New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic and advocated on behalf of low-wage New Yorkers. During the pandemic, various new labor laws were introduced and the ELU organized numerous trainings for elected officials and their staff, workers` centers, synagogues, schools and other community groups to educate them on workers` rights. ELU helps unemployed people access unemployment insurance benefits and represents workers at hearings when they are unfairly denied benefits. ELU supports workers who are victims of wage theft if they do not receive the appropriate minimum wage or overtime. In addition, ELU represents workers who are subject to unlawful discrimination in the workplace, even if an employee needs accommodation due to COVID-19-related illnesses.