Now to follow up on a story that we brought you yesterday, two workers allegedly forced out of their job after a new company takes over. We talked to a local attorney to find out what rights employees have in the state of Texas. James Johnson has more, James?
After talking to two employees that say they had no other choice but to resign. We wanted to find out what rights employees really have.
Two employees, both worked for Workforce Solutions For South Texas until the workforce board hired a new company to manage the service center. Once the new company took over there were a lot of changes and according to them they were forced out of a job. So what are the right employees have in the state of Texas? We contacted our legal team to find out.
[cg:newsuper\ronald rodriguez\law offices of ronald rodriguez] 11:01:42:18 "generally speaking Texas law makes Texas an at will state. Meaning employees can be hired or fired at will.
Being an at will state also gives employees the right to leave for any reason as well. It's usually customary to give reasonable notice both ways. That means an employee or employer should give anywhere from two weeks to a month notice before leaving so arrangements could be made.
[cg:newsuper\ronald rodriguez\law offices of ronald rodriguez] 11:02:24:08 "absent a contract the employer cant fire the employee based on race, religion, sex, nationality.... those are reasons the employee’s can not discriminate.
According to the two former workers they asked for original copies of the paperwork they signed before leaving. They also were allegedly asked to do the same jobs for four dollars less. So what does the law say about this?
[cg:newsuper\ronald rodriguez\law offices of ronald rodriguez] 11:06:44:19 "well the law does say the employee is entitled to their personal file, so what I suggest is they offer a written request to their employer. 11:07:47:14 "the employer can reasonable change pay as long as they enough notice unless threes a contract, that changes everything.
Every case is different and there are laws in place to protect both employees and employers but before deciding who's wrong and whose right you have to look at the facts.
[cg:newsuper\ronald rodriguez\law offices of ronald rodriguez] 11:09:35:29 "the cases are based on the facts you have to look at the relationship between them both and whether it was reasonable.
Now according to attorney Ronald Rodriguez, Texas is an at will state, so unless you have a contract with your employer you can be let go for any reason as long as it's reasonable. But if you do sign a contract with your employer, make sure you look at the terms like rate of pay and duration so there's no questions later. For KGNS, I’m James Johnson.