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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.

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.

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.

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.

3 things pregnant women should know about discrimination

A pregnancy is a joyful time for most women, but some women feel a sense of dread when they realize they will have to tell their employer about the pregnancy. Discrimination is the cause of the dread. Fortunately, pregnant women have specific protections against discrimination in the workplace. These protections extend through the breastfeeding period. Any pregnant woman should learn about the protections in place for her.

Should you complain if you think you're being discriminated against on the job

Many times I have met with clients who felt like they were being harassed or discriminated against in the workplace long before coming to see me. However, they failed to complain to their employers for fear that they would suffer retaliation or even termination if they complained. They felt that it was either better to try to handle it themselves or just ignore it and hope it passed. Ultimately, the harassment and discrimination just increased or the harasser found a way to have them terminated anyway.

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