Laredo, TX asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas

Q: Do I have legal protections after administrator interfered with hiring?

I was working for contract company in a nursing home. The administrator and nursing directors of the facility sent intimidating messages through my director to me because they didn’t like my required reporting of changes in patient conditions, which I am legally, ethically, and morally obligated to do. When our contract was abruptly ended, we were technically laid off and told to apply with the new contract company to “transition”. The administrator of the facility ordered the new company not to hire me because I had a “negative attitude” and the company refused to hire me based on this. Everyone previously on the team was (re)hired except for me. I believe the targeting began when I did not accept a Covid-19 vaccine and I was required to submit a request for exemption in which I had to disclose my private religious beliefs. I was subsequently denied a promotion twice & ultimately not (re)hired during the transition. Do I have any legal standing? Assistance appreciated.

1 Lawyer Answer
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Since you were laid off, and not fired for cause, you have standing to collect unemployment benefits from your former employer. You can apply for such benefits online through the Texas Workforce Commission website and most likely will not require the services of a lawyer.

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