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Forbidden workplace discrimination and harassment

Texans sometimes face discrimination or harassment while they are employed or applying for jobs. Discrimination and harassment that are based on protected characteristics are explicitly forbidden under federal law, and workers who experience them are able to file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Employee lunch breaks

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers in Houston and nationwide must compensate employees for all the time they work or are permitted to work. However, businesses often question if an employee is required to be compensated during times they are not actually working but restrictions are placed on their activities, such as during meal breaks.

Don't be intimidated: Undocumented workers have rights too

With growing threats of deportation, many undocumented workers are scared. If you are an undocumented worker in Texas then you might fear being discriminated against at work or even losing your job. You are likely working hard to support your family and worry about how things will change once President-elect Trump takes office. It is important for you to know that both federal and Texas laws protect your rights as a worker, now and in the future.

Steps to fighting age discrimination on the job hunt

Some older workers in the Houston area may be among the more than 60 percent of workers that the AARP says face age discrimination. A number of myths persist about older workers being inferior to younger ones, and even though these are not true, workers may still struggle to find jobs after a certain age.

New overtime rule put on hold by judge

A judge from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas placed a hold on a new overtime rule that was set to take effect on Dec. 1. For now, the current exempt salary cutoff imposed by the Fair Labor Standards Act will remain in place. The fate of the rule change may rest on the final decision of the judge who put the freeze in place.

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