Dallas Contract and Severance Agreements

Employment Contracts

All Texas employees, even those who can be terminated at will, have certain contractual employment rights.  Principle among these is the right to be paid, at the rate agreed upon, for every hour worked. If you have not been fully paid for all hours worked you would contact an Employment Lawyer to determine what your best course of action is.  

In addition to the right to receive an agreed upon wage many employees also have the right to receive commissions or bonuses based on written or oral promises made by the employer.  If your employer has reneged on such a promise you should seek the counsel of an Employment Lawyer to determine the best course of action.

SEVERANCE AGREEMENTS 

Many times employees are presented with severance agreements to sign at the time of their termination or lay‑off. Generally, these agreements provide for payment of a specified sum in exchange for a release of any claims they employee may have arising out of their employment or termination thereof. These may include discrimination claims or other legal claims the employee may have. Employees are well advised to have an attorney review any such severance agreement to provide advice regarding the employee=s rights and obligations under such an agreement and the general fairness of the severance offered.

Covenants Not to Compete

In today's employment environment, many employees are asked to sign covenants not to compete either at the beginning of their employment or at some subsequent time during their employment. When an employee ceases employment, they are well served to seek legal advice on the enforceability of such a covenant. Employees who are notified that their previous employer is going to attempt to enforce such a covenant should also seek prompt representation to avoid legal action and possible monetary sanctions. Covenants not to compete are governed by state law and there are certain requirements for them to be legally enforceable including reasonable geographical and time limits.