In Other Words
Weingarten Rights refer to an employee's right to have union representation at investigatory interviews that the employee reasonably believes might result in disciplinary action. This type of meeting could occur any time a supervisor asks questions to an employee to obtain information that could be used as a basis for discipline or asks an employee to defend his or her conduct. These rights were established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1975 in the case of NLRB v. Weingarten Inc. Although private-sector employees and federal public-sector employees both possess Weingarten Rights, the Texas Legislature has not granted such rights to public-sector employees in Texas.