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Terms of Employment: Texas

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: S. Craig Wilcox, Adams and Reese LLP


  • The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA or Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21) prevents employers from refusing to hire, terminating, or otherwise discriminating against employees in connection with compensation or the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on age, disability, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and genetic information. See Texas Employment Discrimination Law.
  • The definition of employer under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act is the same as the definition under the federal employment laws. See Covered Entities Under the Texas Employment Discrimination Law.
  • In Texas, employees are considered at-will, unless they are employed pursuant to a contract for a limited term or a contract providing that their employment is not at-will. See At-Will Employment.
  • Texas has laws specifically governing the enforceability of noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements between employees and employers. See Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation of Customer Agreements.