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Employer-Employee Relations: Is an Argument a Fireable Offense?

While you always want to get along with your boss, sometimes you may not see eye to eye. Differences in opinions may sometimes spark a debate between employer and employee. The state of Texas is an “at will” state, which means an employer can terminate an employee for any reason, even if it seems irrational or unfair.

Employees are not protected against termination due to personality conflicts, criticizing a manager or questioning business judgments, however, here are some things that you cannot be fired for and can be considered wrongful termination:


  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Sex
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Marital status

Workplace Condition Complaints

Employers must provide employees with a safe workplace. You have the legal right to report safety hazards and cannot be fired for doing so.

Requesting Reasonable Accommodations for a Disability

If you have a disability, you may need special accommodations while you are at work. For example, someone with diabetes may need frequent breaks to administer self-injections. You cannot be terminated for requiring accommodations for a disability.

Workplace Injuries Covered Under Workers’ Compensation

Being fired for a workers’ compensation claim is unlawful. The State and Federal government have laws in place to protect employees from practices that threaten job security due to unethical practices by their employer.

Other Protected Activities

There are two kinds of activities that are protected under the law:

  • Opposition - You can’t get fired for acting as a witness in an internal investigation, even if it’s against the company for which you are employed.
  • Participation - Filing a discrimination charge, assisting with an agency investigation, and the involvement in a discrimination lawsuit are actions that are protected from employer retaliation.
Wrongful termination can be a tricky area of law. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated for any reason, contact the Law Offices of George P. Escobedo. We can help you to understand the details of your potential case and guide you through the legal process and your rights under employment law.