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How to ensure equal pay for equal work

Equal pay for equal work may seem like a commonsense way to compensate employees. However, employers in Texas and elsewhere are proving that it is a difficult goal to accomplish. For example, Massachusetts women earn only 82 percent of what men earn while black and Latina women earn even less. Both historical biases as well as an unwillingness to engage in workplace conflict may explain why the wage gap exists at all.

Court upholds company ban on dreadlocks

Texas employees may be interested to learn that a federal appeals court has dismissed a case against a business that decided not to hire a worker because she refused to get rid of her dreadlocks. The 3-0 decision effectively upholds that the company's ban on dreadlocks does not constitute racial discrimination.

Types of gender discrimination Texas workers may face

While discrimination against women in the workplace is often discussed, men also face problems when it comes to gender bias. When one man told his parents that he was going to be a nurse instead of a doctor, his parents started crying and starting to openly wonder if they could have done better raising him. This is just one issue that men may face when they decide to enter a profession considered too feminine for a man to do.

Why employers should pay attention to the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents covered employers in Texas and around the country from discriminating against disabled employees, including those who may have associational disabilities. The latter type involves employees who have a parent or a child who has an illness or another condition that may require time off from work to take care of. There are three categories of discrimination that are expressly forbidden by the ADA.

Court rules company violated ERISA

An insurance company has been ordered in court to pay $5.5 million to a hotel and its employees on the grounds that it violated its fiduciary duties in connection with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Workers in Houston who may be in similar circumstances might be interested in the case.

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