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January 2017 Archives

Appeals court eases way for ADEA claims

Older workers in Texas companies may be interested to learn about a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. The ruling may make it easier for subcategories of older workers to file suits under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act with regard to the disparate impact theory of liability. The ruling also contradicts the opinions of other circuits, causing more uncertainty for national employers.

EEOC prepares guidelines for workplace harassment

Texas employers may become subject to proposed guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding the legal standards for worker harassment claims if the guidelines take effect. The agency seeks to update existing recommendations from the 1990s. Specifically, the EEOC guidelines offer interpretations of anti-discrimination laws derived from the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Other common forms of workplace discrimination

While many Texas workers are aware of common forms of workplace discrimination, like those based on age and race, there are other forms of types that are commonly found in the workplace. They include family responsibility, gender and part-time discrimination.

Final rule on foreign national workplace discrimination

Many foreign nationals that live in the Houston area have the right to work in the United States. However, some of them are discriminated against in the employment process because employers do not want to hire workers from foreign countries. To protect foreign nationals from this, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has published a final rule on anti-discrimination policies in the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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