Houston Employment Law Attorneys
Led by a Texas Board-Certified Labor & Employment Lawyer
As an employer, your employees are one of your biggest assets. You are accountable to not only your own family but the families of all your employees. What do you do to protect your business and your employees? As an employee, your life and your livelihood are often defined by your job, which may compete with your family as one of your most important relationships. You need to understand your rights and responsibilities as well and be able to enforce them when necessary.
At Peckham Martin PLLC, our exceptional legal team can ensure that you have the counsel and care you need to handle any employment law matter no matter which side of the issue you are on. With a Board-Certified labor and employment law attorney as one of our founding members, our firm is uniquely poised to help you with exceptional legal ability, training, and service. Board certification qualifies an attorney as a legal specialist in his or her area. This specialization is achieved through advanced training, experience, and the highest standards of excellence. Few attorneys in Texas achieve such distinction.
What Is Labor & Employment Law?
Employment law includes all of the local, state, and federal laws and regulations that manage the relationship between employers and employees. These laws have been set in motion to ensure that workers and their managers can work together in a manner that is respectful and fair to all. They cover a variety of issues, from minimum wage and overtime to discrimination, harassment, and disability rights in the workplace, safety conditions, unfair labor practices, and more.
Employment Law for Employees
Because we often define ourselves by our work, anything that negatively affects our job can hit to the heart of our self-worth, our feeling of belonging, and our financial stability. Because of this, laws have been established to protect employee rights.
Some of the ways employment laws protect include (but are not limited to) the following:
- You have the right to apply for and work without discrimination based on your race, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, and other protected characteristics.
- You have the right to be free of sexual harassment in the workplace.
- You have the right to set standards of minimum wage and overtime.
- You have the right to family medical leave for yourself and when other family members become ill or injured.
- You have the right to refuse to participate in or report unlawful activity on the part of your employer without retaliation (whistleblower protection).
- You have a right to workers’ compensation when injured while on the job.
Violations of these laws are unfair and illegal. However, in any employment law violation you must take action quickly. In discrimination law, such as those involving disability rights, very short time limits exist for making complaints, for bringing your complaint to the attention of the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), and to file suit. In overtime claims, there are also short deadlines.
You need counsel now. Administrative complaints often need to be made. In some cases, suit must be filed to stop the clock and to preserve your ability to complain and receive damages. That is why we recommend that you seek help from Peckham Martin PLLC as soon as possible. Our firm is here to advise and represent you. We handle all employment law matters with a special emphasis on workplace disability.
Employment Law for Employers
As an employer, you must plan for the everyday and for the crisis. You should start early. Establishment of a good structure is key. That structure should be strong enough to comply with the law and flexible enough to deal with all of the varied circumstances you and your company may face. A pregnancy? Employee injury? A complaint of discrimination? Need compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) at your company?
Our firm handles all employer-related issues such as:
- How to screen potential employees
- Job requirements and essential functions
- Exempt vs. non-exempt
- Salaried vs. hourly
- Contract vs. Employment-at-will
- Protecting trade secrets
- Non-solicitation to protect current staff
- Policies and procedures
- Discrimination hotline
- Training of employees
Peckham Martin, PLLC works with medium-sized and regional employers to address the challenges of managing your most expensive asset: your people. The array of federal and state employment laws and regulations have become increasingly confusing. You do not want to get that letter from the Texas Workforce Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or even a plaintiff lawyer.
We work with business owners and managers to help minimize the difficulties of managing your employees. We assist in handbooks, policies and procedures, internal investigations, and if it gets to that point, handling administrative actions, arbitration, and litigation.
For more information and assistance, request a free consultation by contacting us online.
Aside from being Board Certified in employment law, Charles Peckham has received an AV Preeminent® rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system and is AVVO rated as a 10 (Superb). He serves on the Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee for Business, Consumer, Insurance, and Employment by appointment of the President of the State Bar of Texas.
Attorney Peckham is respected by other lawyers and trusted by clients. He has handled many high-profile cases that have been reported in the press through the United States, Europe, and as far away as Australia and has appeared on multiple occasions on CNN, TruTV, MSNBC, Fox, PBS radio, local television stations, and radio on employment-related matters.
Need legal help? Contact Peckham Martin PLLC online to arrange your free consultation today!
“I have worked with both of these awesome attorneys. Charles, a second time! I was proud to be a member of their team. Awesome firm!”- Billie R.
Whether you are an individual or a lawyer in need of legal representation, we are here to help you with your case throughout the Southwest and beyond.