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Unfortunately, unless there is some type of written agreement then an employer in Texas is not obligated to provide any of the benefits you mention since Texas is an employment at will state.
It is possible that the engagement letter and emails could form a written contract but you would need to take those to a local lawyer and let him review them as a whole to see whether it reaches the level of a contract. It would also be helpful for you to bring a copy of any employee handbooks or manuals along with the emails.
It depends on exactly what they say. Texas law doesn't favor "implied contracts" in employment situations and therefore the exact language of all of the documents make a huge difference. It's not the volume of documents or the duration of the documents, it's the exact wording of the documents. It is certainly possible they will form a contract but it is equally possible they do not and only an in depth evaluation of the actual documents by a local attorney will confirm this one way or another. If the documents do form a contract then the employer cannot take the benefits away without being in breach of contract, if the documents do not form a contract then the employer can take them away.
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