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Man files race discrimination suit against city

A black employee in another state recently claimed that the city he worked for discriminated against him. Specifically, he claimed that he was the victim of false sexual harassment claims and was prevented from receiving a promotion due to his race. He has thus filed a federal suit against the municipality. Likewise, anyone in Texas who experiences race discrimination has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

The man in the recent out-of-state case initially worked for his city's drainage and sewer division. However, he claimed that he was then moved to the city's streets division as a result of discriminatory conduct. When he pursued another position he was reportedly qualified for, he had to complete a test, although a Caucasian applicant ultimately received the job. Around this same time, the man was reportedly accused of engaging in sexual harassment -- something he asserted that he had never done.

Statistics show the prevalence of sex discrimination in Texas

Workers across the United States continue to face sex discrimination in the workplace. That includes here in Texas, where discrimination based on a person’s sex has been among the most common type of complaint for years.

A recent case involving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) highlights this stubborn problem. A female worker at a patio screen door fabrication center in Corsicana, Texas, accused her production manager and another company official of physically and verbally harassing her. That included acts of “physical aggression” and intimidation. Now the company, G2 Corporation, is agreeing to take action.

Woman files sexual orientation discrimination suit against school

A woman in another state recently claimed that she was mistreated in the workplace due to her sexual orientation. As a result, she has decided to file a federal discrimination suit against her employer, a Catholic high school. Likewise, any employee in Texas who is subject to employment discrimination has the right to fight back through the civil court system.

In the out-of-state case, the woman claimed that she was discriminated against and experienced a hostile workplace environment as a result of her sexual orientation. In addition, her employer reportedly retaliated against her due to her discrimination complaints. Specifically, she was suspended from her job as a high school guidance counselor because she was married to someone of the same sex.

Policewoman files pregnancy discrimination suit against employer

A female police officer in a nearby state says she lost out on the opportunity to make a career move due to being pregnant. She has filed a lawsuit against her employer. Likewise, anyone in Texas who faces pregnancy discrimination has the right to seek to hold the employer accountable through the civil court system.

The woman claimed that when she became pregnant, she lost the opportunity to switch to a new police squad. She reportedly asked to switch squads and had the necessary seniority to do so. In addition, her attorney noted that she had a strong reputation in her police department.

WeWork sued for age discrimination

A major coworking space company called WeWork, which is headquartered on the East Coast, was recently accused of discriminating against workers based on age. In addition, it is facing litigation for alleged gender wage inequity. Likewise, if employees in Texas face age discrimination or other types of employment discrimination, it is within their rights to seek justice through the civil court system.

Federal law states that it is not legal for employers to engage in discrimination against workers who are over the age of 39. However, this type of discrimination continues to happen. According to the federal government's commission on equal employment, more than 16,000 cases related to age discrimination were filed in 2018.

Former university HR exec files race, gender discrimination suit

A former human resources (HR) vice president at a university in another state recently claimed that her employer discriminated against her during her tenure there. The woman, who is black, has therefore filed a lawsuit against the university, seeking damages totaling at least two million dollars for the alleged gender and race discrimination she faced there. Employees in Texas who face discrimination in the workplace may likewise seek to hold their employers accountable in civil court.

In the out-of-state discrimination case, the former HR vice president asserted that the university consistently discriminated and retaliated against her, which made it difficult for her to enjoy and perform her job. The woman claimed that, as a result of the alleged discrimination she endured, she felt powerless, isolated and worthless. These feelings reportedly ended up taking a toll on her personal life along with her work life.

When can you file a claim for employment discrimination?

Experiencing discrimination at work can be demoralizing and frustrating. Whether you experience inappropriate behaviors, comments or more, you may wonder about your options to file a complaint.

Federal and Texas laws prohibit discrimination in the workplace against protected statuses, including based on gender, age, race, disability, religion, nationality and more. When you experience unlawful actions from a coworker, supervisor, customer or more, you need to know your rights to move forward.

Lawmaker group aims to prevent pregnancy discrimination

A bipartisan lawmaker group is trying to boost women's economic security and health in Texas and other parts of the United States. The group is doing this by reintroducing an act known as HR 2694, which promotes fairness for pregnant workers. Specifically, the lawmakers are trying to prevent discrimination by making sure that employers provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers who may not be able to perform all of a job's functions.

The purpose of HR 2694 is to close the loopholes that reportedly exist in the 1978 act, targeting pregnancy discrimination. With the new legislation, employers would not be allowed to deny a woman employment opportunities simply because she needed reasonable accommodations due to being pregnant. These accommodations may include extra bathroom breaks, chairs or bottles of water.

Former female police officer files workplace discrimination suit

A former police officer in another state recently claimed that she was mistreated on the basis of her gender. She also asserted that she was the victim of retaliation at her workplace. The officer thus decided to file a lawsuit against her employer. Individuals in Texas who experience discrimination and retaliation in the workplace can likewise seek justice through the civil court system.

The former officer in the recent out-of-state case claimed that the police chief she used to work under did not treat her in the same way they treated the department's male officers. The police chief is also accused of denying the officer a female uniform. In addition, the woman claimed that her supervisor also called her vile names and insulted her in the presence of the other officers.

Race discrimination can include bias against certain hairstyles

As many Americans have become more willing to discuss race openly, the subtle racism inherent in workplace expectations has come into sharper focus. Without realizing it, many workplaces define “professional” behavior, dress and grooming practices according to white norms. In some cases, these standards are difficult or impossible for non-whites to meet due to inherent differences in physical traits that have no impact on ability or job performance.

Perhaps the best example is hair. Many styles are deemed perfectly acceptable and professional for women in the workplace. But the styles most often considered “unprofessional” are the natural hairstyles of African-American women, including braids, twists and afros. As such, black women face discrimination simply for wearing their hair as it naturally grows (without resorting to extreme measures like chemical treatments to change texture or color).

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