Among the myths that are “busted”:
• Employees have legal recourse for unfair treatment. Fair or not, according to Mr. Clouse, as long as an employer does not mistreat an employee because of the employee’s membership in a protected class, a manager can bully an employee and act like a jerk.
• An employer must give an employee a warning before firing the employee. Mr. Clouse notes that the vast majority of employees are at-will employees. In Texas, with very few exceptions, an employer can fire an at-will employee for a good reason, a bad reason, or even for no reason at all, without providing any advance notice.
• Employers cannot give bad references. While many companies enact policies that require human resource employees to provide only factual details regarding dates of employment, title, and compensation, no law forbids an employer from providing a glowing recommendation or a bad reference as long as the employer is truthful in its statements.
Employees often act in a bullish manner when they believe they are in the right. To avoid exposing yourself to problems in the workplace, speak to an employment law attorney before taking further actions based on an assumption regarding Texas employment law. For more information about employment law, contact Mr. Clouse at the Dallas employment law firm of Clouse Dunn LLP at [email protected].
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KEITH A. CLOUSE
Clouse Dunn LLP
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