Age, Sex, Disability and Race DiscriminationTexas is a right to work state. In most cases, there is no recourse if you are fired. However, an exception to being able to terminate an employee at will is if their termination or discrimination was because of their age, sex, disability or race. A discrimination claim can be filed either with the state administrative agency, the Texas Workforce Commission – Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD) or the federal administration agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Filing a claim with both agencies is unnecessary, as long as you indicate to one of the agencies that you want it to “cross-file” the claim with the other agency. If you are a state employee with an age discrimination or disability discrimination claim, you should be sure to file a timely claim under Texas state law, because the state may have immunity from certain kinds of claims under the ADA or ADEA. If your case is not resolved by the TWC-CRD or EEOC and you may want to continue to pursue the matter, you will need to pursue your claim in court. A federal employment discrimination case cannot be filed in court without first going to the EEOC, as discussed above, and having the EEOC dismiss your case. This process is called “exhaustion” of your administrative remedy. Similarly, before you can proceed with a lawsuit based on your state discrimination claim, you must file with the TWC-CRD. Under both TWC-CRD and EEOC rules, you must allow the agency at least 180 days to investigate the charge before proceeding with your claim in court. We will conduct a thorough investigation of your case’s facts and circumstances, gathering and evaluating all relevant evidence, and interviewing or deposing witnesses to prepare and present the best case for your recovery. We will help you pursue compensation for all your losses, from wages and income to mental anguish.