Employment law regulates the relationship between the employer and employee, from employment contracts to contract doctrines to application of torts and everything in between. It also ensures the rights of both employers and employees are protected and preserved. After the 1930s, employees have been given the legal federal and state rights that provide employees the authority to create unions, engage in collective bargaining, and be protected against workplace discrimination.
In Texas, employment laws (by both federal and state) require employers to protect and preserve the rights of their employees. The rights of Texas employees, as well as employers, are protected by the Texas Labor Code and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), while the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) further protects employees in a federal level. However, as reported on the website of the John Melton Law Firm from Austin, not all employers follow their legal obligations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their workers, and these actions (or inactions) often result to accidents and injuries in the workplace.
Employers who break the employment laws and end up mistreating their employees can be held liable for the damages and injuries that they’ve caused their employees (and even potential employees). There are a number of ways an employer can either deliberately or carelessly cause an employee unfairly in the workplace, among the most common are discrimination (race, age, gender or sexual preference, and others), sexual harassment, underpaid/wage/overtime disputes, and other issues.
Just as with any other ate employment laws, the Texas Labor Code has rules and regulations meant to protect employee rights from issues such as employment of children, workplace discrimination, employee benefits, wages, and many others. Any employee who feel or believe that their rights have been breached have the right to file a complaint against their employers before the courts, and oftentimes this would entail the help of a personal injury lawyer to win the claim.