Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. In fact, Forbes currently ranks Austin as the 2nd fastest growing city in the country. In addition to having grown by over 44% since 2011, Austin is also the capital of Texas. The Austin metropolitan area is now home to around 2 million residents and counting.
Being the capital of Texas, many Austin residents work for the Texas government. However, Austin has quickly become known as a hub for new and mature tech companies. Major tech companies in Austin include Apple, Facebook, HP, 3M, Intel, Oracle, and Dell. These companies account for a large portion of new jobs in Austin, which is driving the rapid growth.
In addition to tech companies, The University of Texas at Austin is one of the area's largest employers. UT was founded in 1883 and is the largest university in the University of Texas system. Not only does UT maintain a student population of over 50,000 students, but UT also employs around 25,000 employees. UT is also largely responsible for making Austin one of the most educated workforces in the country.
Although many people like Whole Foods, not everyone knows that Whole Foods has its headquarters in Austin. Whole Foods is number 218 on the Fortune 500 list and is also one of the area’s top employers with over 80,000 employees across the globe.Potential Increase in Employment Disputes in Austin
Given the rapid growth of both residents and employers, the number of employment disputes will likely increase. This often occurs when there is a large influx of residents from varying educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. These employment disputes may include claims for employment discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation in the workplace, harassment, unpaid wages, overtime wage violations, breach of employment contracts, and unemployment benefits.
Most discrimination and retaliation claims must be brought within a specific period of time and filed with the appropriate government agency. An Austin employee may be prevented from pursuing a claim if the employee fails to comply with applicable requirements. These restrictions normally depend on the type of claims being asserted.
If you have a dispute against your employer and would like to schedule a consultation with an Austin employment discrimination lawyer, contact our office today. In a consultation, one of our employment lawyers will discuss your matter and help you understand your rights.