Is your business facing a wrongful termination lawsuit? When an employee is terminated for reasons they believe are unjust or discriminatory, they have the right to file a lawsuit against their former employer. But if your business had valid grounds for termination, you have the right to fight back against the lawsuit.
To have the best possible defense against such a lawsuit, you need the help of an experienced employment lawyer. The Houston wrongful termination attorneys of Feldman & Feldman will fight for your business and help you prevent future issues.
Fighting a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
A terminated employee can file a wrongful termination lawsuit on a variety of grounds, including:
- Violation of federal and state anti-discrimination laws
- Violation of a written or oral employment agreement
- Violation of labor laws
- Termination as a form of harassment
- Termination in retaliation to an employee’s complaint or claim against his/her employer
Unless proven otherwise, these grounds are alleged. The former employee or their lawyer may or may not be able to prove that the reason for termination was unlawful. This is where your employment lawyer comes in. Our team will seek to discredit the plaintiff’s claim and prove your business had valid grounds for termination.
Most wrongful termination cases are settled out of court. This is usually in the best financial interest of all parties involved, as the process can be lengthy and expensive, not to mention the damage it can cause to a business’s reputation.
How To Prevent Wrongful Termination Lawsuits
The best way to deal with wrongful termination lawsuits is to avoid them at all costs. There are steps a business can take to reduce the chances of such a claim being brought. Feldman & Feldman can advise you on how to proceed with employee terminations to avoid litigation, including the following tips:
- Keep Careful Documentation. If there is a problem with an employee, whether it is due to job performance or disciplinary behavior, document every instance of the problem. Keep paper copies of performance reviews and require employees to sign them. Keep records of time cards and any other monitoring systems that are used.
- Establish Employee Termination Guidelines. There should be protocols in place for how employees are terminated. Set specific guidelines for every manager who has the right to terminate employees to ensure the process is handled properly.
- Review Every Planned Termination With Human Resources. If you are planning to terminate an employee, run the situation by your human resources department to ensure you are within your rights and you know how to properly handle it.
- Set Clear Expectations for Employees. Be sure your employees know what is expected of them and inform them if their job performance is suffering. Employees should be given the opportunity to make improvements before being terminated.
Get Help from the Houston Wrongful Termination Attorneys of Feldman & Feldman
A wrongful termination lawsuit can be expensive and damaging to your business’s reputation. Feldman & Feldman can help you fight back. Our many years of commercial litigation experience have prepared us for cases like these. We can also counsel your company with legal advice to help you avoid future lawsuits. Contact Feldman & Feldman today to schedule a consultation.