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5 Frequently Asked Questions: Wrongful Termination Under Sabine Pilot

There are about 360,000 workers in El Paso who go to work each day with a sincere desire to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. There are instances, however, when companies terminate workers under challenging circumstances, such as their refusal to perform illegal acts. When this happens, the former employee may have cause to pursue a Sabine Pilot claim.

Before we answer 5 frequently asked questions about wrongful termination under Sabine Pilot, let’s look into how Sabine Pilot affects El Paso employment law.

What Is Sabine Pilot ?

In 1985, the Texas Supreme Court heard the case of Sabine Pilot v. Hauck. In this case, the employer, Sabine Pilot, asked an employee, Michael Hauck, to perform an illegal act. The employee refused, so the company fired him. While the employer attempted to paint the worker in a bad light, the case revealed that Sabine Pilot terminated Hauck only for his refusal to commit a crime. The Texas Supreme Court ruled this firing illegal under Texas employment law, making it a notable exception to the state’s at-will employment policy.

The Ins and Outs of Wrongful Termination in Texas

If you lost your job suddenly and are wondering what action you can take, look over the 5 frequently asked questions about wrongful termination under Sabine Pilot and call an attorney to discuss your options.

Does wrongful termination in Texas exist?

The answer to this question is complicated. Many people in El Paso might believe they have been wrongfully terminated when instead they may have been unfairly terminated.

Texas is an "employment at will" state. Unless you are employed under the terms of a legally binding contract clearly outlining the conditions of your employment, your employer may fire you at any time, with or without cause. Likewise, you are free to quit your job for any reason and at any time.

For example, your employer may decide he does not like the clothes you wear and consequently fire you. While this is undoubtedly unfair, it is not necessarily illegal, and likely does not constitute wrongful termination in El Paso.

If I lost my job for refusing to commit an illegal act, what should I do?

Many people in this situation are concerned about exposing their employer’s wrongdoings. They may feel intimidated and worried about whistleblower protection. As an extension of the Sabine Pilot decision, you do have whistleblower rights, though we encourage you to contact an attorney to confidentially discuss your situation before disclosing to any other person outside your company.

Do I have grounds for an employment lawsuit ?

Even though Texas is an employment at will state, some activities, such as the refusal to commit an illegal act, cannot be grounds for termination. A conversation with an experienced employment lawyer can help you sort through the details of your case and determine whether your circumstances align with the law’s requirements.

How long do I have to file a wrongful termination claim?

In Texas, El Paso workers must present a claim for wrongful termination within 180 days of their firing, which is why contacting an attorney as soon as possible is critical for making your case.

Who do I call if I believe I have experienced wrongful termination?

The law office of Carabin Shaw can assist you with your wrongful termination case. Our El Paso employment lawyers understand the complexities of employment law in Texas and have the experience to ensure your rights are protected.

Our attorneys work hard for their clients because they believe everyone deserves to have a voice in the legal system. Our legal team has decades of experience fighting for the rights of all Texans, and we are ready to work on your behalf.

Contact a Carabin Shaw Attorney Today

After reading the 5 frequently asked questions about wrongful termination under Sabine Pilot, call our office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our El Paso employment lawyers. Additionally, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we never charge our clients any fees until we win their case.

To schedule an appointment in El Paso, call our office today toll-free at 800-862-1260.

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